How Does a Personal Injury Law Firm Differ From Other Fields of Practice
How does a Personal Injury Law Firm differ from other fields of practice? We will cover some of those differences in this article.
You would not want to go to your family law attorney who handles wills, adoptions and divorces when looking for a personal injury attorney. Though they may be able to give you a quality referral they probably will not take on your case. Personal injury cases can be very complex especially those involving Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries or Worker’s Compensation. Some firms only handle vehicle accidents while others choose to represent malpractice. It is important that you contact the correct firm to be properly represented.
Most criminal and family law attorneys work on an hourly fee or flat fee which is different than the contingency fee arrangement that personal injury attorneys use. What this means to you is that a personal injury attorney will not expect payment from you if they do not recover any compensation for your case. The attorney will only get paid upon settlement of the claim, taking 1/3 of the gross recovery plus any costs of litigation that the firm fronts to handle your case. This type of fee schedule is known to motivate a personal injury lawyer to fight for the best result for their client, as both are compensated higher by the more money the attorney obtains for the client. If the attorney loses, he or she will have to eat their costs and will not receive any legal fee whatsoever, under the personal injury contingency agreements under CT law. In essence the personal injury carries the burden financially, while the client only gains the benefit without any of the financial burden.
There are many litigation expenses that will incur as your case is being represented through the court system. Your personal injury attorney will front the cost of these expenses and keeping detailed proof of the same so that when the case resolves successfully the attorney will receive back these costs and the 1/3 attorney fee off the gross recovery. Your attorney may choose to pay for expert witnesses and medical representatives to testify on your behalf. There will be hours of case log research, and time spent defining parties that will be held responsible for your injuries, and time spent preparing for a strong case representation during the trail. There may be third parties that can be held responsible for the negligence that lead to your injury. No matter how much time and effort the personal injury attorney puts into your case their fee is always 1/3 of the total gross recovery plus their costs of litigation.
As you can already see personal injury law is a very broad specialty. An attorney that specializes in personal injury has in most cases looked at this wide field of potential cases and has chosen to focus on specific types of personal injury based on his or her experience and passion. Personal injury attorneys are licensed to practice in specific states. When you are looking for an attorney to represent you knowing what state they are licensed in is one of the first things to confirm.
An attorney who has a license in the state you were in at the time of the accident with injury will know the statute of limitations in regards to a liability accident. This attorney will have the experience and knowledge of the laws of that start to help you file your claim and assist you in understanding your rights as a victim. That attorney also will have great familiarity with the courts of the state as well, which is important.
Knowing what type of personal injury the firm or attorney typically handles will help you understand where they have the most experience. While many firms handle a variety of cases you will want to know if the attorney you will be working with has the skills to navigate the claim for your specific situation. For example the firm may specialize in auto and motorcycle accidents, construction and worker’s compensation injuries, or slip and fall accidents to name just a few. So if you are injured in an automobile accident you will want to work with an attorney that has experience representing victims of automobile accidents. You do not want to go to an attorney who claims that he or she is the jack of all trades and good at all areas of law. You want one who specializes in personal injury and worker’s compensation law.
Take time to research the law firm’s website before your consultation. You will want to look at the history of the firm, who specializes in the type of claim you are filing, the reviews that their clients post about the attorney, their case results. Though past results will not guarantee that your claim will bring you the same results knowing they have a successful record will help you feel more confident about the attorney with whom you choose to work.
Both satisfied and not satisfied people are known to leave reviews in a number of places online. You want to take a bit of time and look over as many reviews as you can find for your personal injury attorney. Also consider asking friends and family if they have used a personal injury attorney in the past that they like and trust.
You will not only want to know the name of the attorney you will be working with but also the names of their administrative staff and paralegal. Knowing they have a qualified team to help answer questions as they come up during your claim process with help you feel more at ease. Some attorneys will take advantage of modern technology and offer their cell number, text and messaging options to stay in touch.
At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, our practice thrives on attorney and client referrals. In addition to the results we obtain for clients, our community involvement and reputation among fellow Connecticut legal professionals continually earns referrals for the firm. We specialize now in Attorney Tindall’s 26 year of practice on personal injury and worker’s compensation law only. For other types of law, we refer clients to expert attorneys in those fields.
Attorney Tavis Tindall and the staff work hard for clients every day. We all want to see clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. As a family-based business, our staff is close, and we extend that friendly, caring attitude to our clients. We treat our clients as if they are part of our own family and truly care about them as more than just a number. It is this quality along with superior service and competent representation that has allowed us to become the “lawyer for life” for all of our clients and their families and friends to whom they refer us, and to 2x win the top law firm in the Greater Waterbury area by the readers of a local Waterbury paper.
With two full-time Spanish-speaking assistants, we are also able to provide excellent service to Spanish-speaking clients. Our bilingual staff allows us to work directly with a diverse client base as well as experts and witnesses who may offer vital input or testimony in your case.
As part of our commitment to client service, we utilize high-tech communications, including a land texting service that allows clients to contact our firm at all hours, and Attorney Tindall and the staff see those texts and respond in a timely fashion. When you work with our firm, attorney Tindall makes a point of being accessible. We interact with our clients in person, over the phone, land texting, email, and utilize virtual video interactions with our client through Zoom, Teams, Whats App, Facetime, etc. We also are a digital office that utilizes technology for clients to sign documents from the comfort of their home via e-signing technology. Attorney Tindall will take your case from beginning to end, instead of passing the case off to an associate like many firms.
We devote the necessary time and resources to each case to optimize the results. We are willing to do the work and spend the money necessary to build strong cases for compensation. Opposing attorneys and insurance companies know that we are always thoroughly prepared and willing to go to trial when that is in our client’s best interests. In many instances, this reputation for thorough, aggressive representation leads to favorable settlements, without the need for a trial.
For a free consultation, please call our Waterbury personal injury law firm at 203.755.0018 or contact us online. Our office provides a welcoming, comfortable environment set in a refurbished Victorian house. Evening and weekend appointments are available by request.