Accidents in Pennsylvania happen all the time, whether it is a car accident in Philadelphia, a truck accident on a PA highway, a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk or a dog bite/attack. When injuries are not serious, many injured victims do not think about bringing lawsuits. However, when accidents result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or catastrophic orthopedic injuries (broken bones throughout the body), victims may seriously consider suing the responsible parties.
For instance, a father with young kids may not be able to work for a long period of time due to catastrophic orthopedic injuries, and he cannot financially provide for his family. He may also need future surgery. All of this puts a financial strain on his family, in addition to the pain and suffering he has to endure because of his injuries. In order to protect his interests, the father may think about his legal rights and want to pursue a lawsuit.
When trying to find a lawyer, one question injured victims often think about is "Who is the best Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer for my case?"
Factors To Consider
The answer to that question depends on a number of factors:
There is no single lawyer who is the best personal injury lawyer for every personal injury case in Pennsylvania. Some personal injury lawyers are flashy and brash. Others are careful and studious. Some personal injury lawyers are openly aggressive and even angry in the manner in which they go about their business -- they treat witnesses and the opposing lawyers as mortal enemies. Others are calm and courteous toward their opponents and clients alike.
Some personal injury attorneys have hundreds or even thousands of open cases and rely on a high volume of cases to make their living. Others choose to handle a relatively small number of cases and focus on high value results rather than a large number of modest results. Some personal injury attorneys regularly handle cases involving minor or modest injuries. Others only handle cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries. Simply stated, Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys come in every "flavor" imaginable. These range from some of the most brilliant, creative, highly professional and courteous individuals you could ever hope to come meet to people who you may not feel comfortable having a professional relationship with.
Clients -- the accident victims -- are just as diverse as the lawyers. Their injuries range from minor strains and sprains to life-altering conditions such as brain damage, severe burns and paralysis. Some accident victims have a preference for attorneys who are loud, table-pounding, publicity hungry individuals. Other accident victims want and need a counselor and advocate who is a calm and comforting influence in their life at a time of extremely high stress. Some accident victims need a lawyer who will "get them something" for their minor neck pain after a fender bender. Other accident victims need an attorney who is experienced in obtaining full and fair compensation for catastrophically injured individuals who may never be able to work again and who may require a lifetime of future medical care and treatment.
No single personal injury attorney is the best Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for all of these accident victims. The person who would be the best Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for "Case A" may not be the best personal injury attorney for "Case B." The person who would be the best Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for "Client A" may not be the best personal injury attorney for "Client B."
Therefore, injured victims need to meet with the attorney and should ask many questions to help them decide if a particular lawyer is right for them. Don't let the lawyer pressure you into signing a contract at the first meeting. Do your homework. Talk to a few lawyers to find the one that is best for you. Lastly, go with your gut. If a lawyer makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, don't hire that lawyer. Many times, our instincts are usually right.
Click here to part 2 of the article which discusses questions PA accident victims should ask when hiring a personal injury lawyer.
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