How Should I Choose a Car Accident Attorney?
Car accidents can lead to devastating injuries or even death. Injuries can include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal organ damage, scars, disfigurement, skull fractures, vision loss, and paralysis. If your injuries are catastrophic, your life may never be the same, and you may need to retain an experienced attorney. It is important to choose a car accident attorney whom you can trust. The New York City car accident lawyers at Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP may be able to help you understand how to make this choice.
It is critical to retain an attorney who has a thriving personal injury practice. Personal injury law in New York is a complicated area of law. Often, skilled personal injury attorneys are known by insurers. When insurers know that an attorney's reputation is strong and that he or she knows the law and knows how to try cases, the insurer may make better settlement offers and is less likely to gamble with taking a case to trial.
Most lawsuits settle, and many civil lawyers never take a case to trial. Personal injury attorneys who do take cases to trial set themselves apart. In addition to understanding the law, they understand trial work. Trials are extremely challenging. Trial lawyers understand what is likely to work when presenting a case to a judge and a jury. They are careful about the cases that they accept because they know that they will not get paid unless you have a valid claim and there is strong evidence in your favor.
A good trial lawyer has a history of high settlements and verdicts in a range of types of car accident cases, such as drunk driving accidents, reckless driving accidents, highway accidents, and distracted driving accidents. Accordingly, he or she will not pressure you to settle for less than what you deserve and can go up against an insurer with a lot of resources. An insurer who believes that your attorney is afraid to go to trial will only offer lowball settlements, knowing that it is likely that your attorney will cave and settle to avoid trial.
Appearances matter. A personal injury attorney who has obtained high settlements and verdicts usually has an office that looks prosperous and comfortable. A personal injury lawyer works on contingency fees and should have significant assets or a line of credit that will allow them to prepare your case properly. They should also have strong relationships with experts. Personal injury cases can require expert testimony from doctors, accident reconstruction specialists, economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and others. Expert fees in a case involving catastrophic injuries can be more than $100,000, and it is important to retain an attorney who is able to work with those kinds of figures.
You should hire an attorney who is well-respected by other personal injury lawyers. In some cases, this is reflected in an attorney's membership in trial lawyers associations. The nuances of personal injury law are constantly changing, and it is important to hire an attorney who keeps up with the latest developments and talks about them with other attorneys. Respect from other attorneys may also be reflected in whether or not an attorney writes or lectures in personal injury or trial law. A lawyer who is hired to teach or volunteers to teach others how to become good trial lawyers is likely respected by their peers and knows how to act in a courtroom.
Choosing a car accident attorney is a serious matter after a New York City car accident. If you sustained serious injuries or a loved one was killed in a car accident, it is vital to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer. Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP provides attentive legal representation in car accident lawsuits, ranging from rear-end collisions to head-on collisions. We represent people in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or contact us through our online form.