If you hired a truck accident lawyer after being involved in an accident, you made the right decision.
Truck accident cases are extremely complex legal matters that often involve numerous parties, substantial amounts of money, and significant damages. Working with a truck accident attorney who has experience working on – and winning – accident claims is often invaluable.
However, this is only true if your lawyer is good, which is by no means a guarantee. There are plenty of attorneys who will take your case even if they don’t have relevant experience or a track record of success. That said, it can be challenging to know how to evaluate attorneys to see if they would be a good fit for your claim, especially if you’ve never done it before.
If you are questioning the quality of the attorney you have hired, or if you are still in the evaluation process, we’re here to help. Below we’re going to look at several things you should consider when hiring or evaluating a truck accident attorney.
To better understand your situation and the options available to you, get in touch with the Jeffersonville truck accident attorneys at Karl Truman Law.
The first qualification for a good truck accident attorney is that they focus on personal injury law. While personal injury law encompasses a variety of accidents, from truck accidents to dog bites, the legal process is fairly similar for all of them.
On the other hand, criminal attorneys or business attorneys are accustomed to much different legal processes. While they might understand the basics of personal injury claims, it is unlikely they will have the depth and breadth of experience necessary to give you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation.
Think of it in the same way you would medical specialties. You wouldn’t hire a cardiologist to help treat cancer or an orthopedic surgeon to treat an intestinal problem. While each of these specialists is a doctor, you want to be treated by the one who focuses on your problem. The same is true of lawyers.
While experience with personal injury law is the first box to check, a successful track record is also essential. You should be able to find reviews or testimonials on a law firm’s website, which will give you a sense of what it’s like to work with the firm along with what kinds of cases they handle.
If you don’t see any mention of past results on the firm’s website, you should ask them to provide you with specific examples of past cases won. If they refuse or hesitate, it may be a red flag indicating they aren’t as experienced – or successful – as they claim.
While a firm’s website is the first place to start, finding reviews on other platforms can be a good way to get an unbiased perspective on a truck accident lawyer.
While you may encounter some negative reviews – since people may leave a negative review if they didn’t get the result they wanted, even if it was the best possible result – if the reviews are overwhelmingly negative it’s generally a bad sign.
Ultimately, you are going to be working very closely with your attorney for months if not longer. You need to be able to trust them and feel that they understand and empathize with your situation.
The best way to determine this is to meet with them in person. Most personal injury firms provide free consultations, so this shouldn’t cost you a penny. This meeting will give you a chance to explain your situation, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with the attorney.
In this interview, you need to feel heard and understood. On the other hand, if an attorney makes you feel insignificant or seems to be in a hurry to get the interview over with, chances are you won’t be comfortable working with them, which could have a negative impact on your final result.
One final thing to check when evaluating an attorney is if they are in good standing with the Indiana State Bar Association.
The Bar oversees law practices throughout the state, investigating complaints and – if necessary – taking disciplinary action against violations. If the attorney you are considering has any violations or isn’t a member of the Bar, you should continue looking.
Truck accidents tend to cause a lot of damage, which means there’s usually a lot at stake. Medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering – these are all damages you should pursue compensation for from the negligent party.
But you need legal support you can trust to fight this battle for you while you focus on getting better. At the Karl Truman Law Office, this is the kind of firm we set out to create and it’s what guides us in every case we handle.
If you would like to review your situation with us over a free consultation, please call our Jeffersonville truck accidents attorneys today at (812) 282-8500.