Five Things to Consider When Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney

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Hiring the right personal injury attorney can make or break your case. If you are suffering from an injury due to the fault of another, it’s important to consider the following guidelines when choosing a personal injury attorney to handle your case.

  1. Specialty.
    A very important factor to consider when looking for a personal injury attorney to handle your case is finding a lawyer whose main area of practice is personal injury law. The attorney you choose should have experience in the field so he or she understands the tactics involved in personal injury cases. Additionally, a lawyer who has experience in personal injury law may have gained integrity among insurance companies and thus have less to prove in order to achieve a positive resolution for his or her client.
  2. Experience.
    In choosing an attorney, you want to look at past practice experience in determining their ability to handle your case.  The benefit of former insurance defense experience can provide additional insight into the handling of your case because the attorney has knowledge of how insurance companies handle and evaluate cases, which can be very helpful. The attorney will also have litigation experience from the insurance companies perspective which may prove to be invaluable.
  3. Billing and Fee Structures.
    Personal injury attorneys usually work on a contingent-fee basis, which means the client pays for costs but only pays attorney fees if the case results in a financial recovery through settlement or verdict. Attorney fees should not be a deciding factor when choosing a personal injury attorney; however, it’s important to be familiar with the billing and fee structure.
  4. Initial Consultations.
    Since many lawyers offer free initial consultations to clients, you may be able to interview multiple attorneys before making your choice. It is important to choose the right attorney to handle your case in a short period of time to ensure that you don’t lose key evidence with the passing of time.
  5. What to expect from your attorney.
    Once you choose a personal injury attorney to handle your case, he or she should be very receptive to your needs, return your phone calls in a timely manner, and have your best interest in mind.  It is essential to choose the right attorney from the beginning to save yourself time and money in the future.

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Florida, personal injury lawyer Charles S. Philips represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay area, including the communities of Bayonet Point, Brooksville, Clearwater, Holiday, Hudson, Inverness, Largo, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Seminole, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Tarpon Springs.

With our main office in New Port Richey and satellite locations in Clearwater, Inverness, Spring Hill, and Tampa, The Law Office of Charles Philips is able to serve residents of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties in their time of need.