If necessity is the mother of invention, this explains why many new clients come to us only when they are in dire need of a personal injury attorney. Typically, they want to pursue compensation against someone whose negligence caused injury to them.
Traits Of Successful Advocacy
Yet if you are attending to injuries, the last thing you have time for is an extenuated search for an effective personal injury attorney. You may not even know how to evaluate the quality of legal representation you would be receiving. With this spirit of proactive transparency in mind, this two-part series is dedicated to features that will help you find the legal help that best fits your needs, specifically in the context of personal injury law.
The Devil Is In The Details
For an accident, a good attorney often has questions about the smallest details. At our law firm, we prefer that clients contact us as soon as they have been injured in an accident. This allows us to revisit the accident scene, where time really is of the essence. There may be evidence such as skid marks, debris, property damage and potential witnesses.
What Role Does The Police Report Play?
True, when police respond to an accident, they typically prepare a report. Yet a police report may not tell the whole story, not to mention that they are hearsay and cannot be used in court except when certain exceptions apply. The officer's observations and factual descriptions may be a good starting point, but a personal injury attorney who visits the crash site has an opportunity to gather evidence and make independent conclusions. With the help of an accident reconstruction expert, an attorney might then interweave this evidence into a compelling theory of the case at trial.
In our next post, we take a more detailed look at how a personal injury attorney builds a strong case.
Source: FindLaw, "Meeting with an Injury Attorney." Copyright 2018 by Thomson Reuters