Accidents happen. This statement may be true, but it does not excuse the lives that are forever changed or lost because of negligence and wrongdoing. If you or someone you love was injured, you have the opportunity to get answers. Why did it happen? Who is responsible? You also have the opportunity to get compensation for medical care, ongoing treatment, and everything it will take to rebuild your life. There is no way to go back and stop an accident from happening in the first place, but there is a way to try to set things right. And it can be done with a personal injury lawsuit.
When it comes to finding a personal injury attorney, experience and results should be two of the primary deciding factors, but what about their attitude about your case and the way they treat you? Choosing an attorney who cares can not only help you through a difficult time, but it can also actually give you a better chance of winning your case.
1. Your Attorney Should Listen
Cases can be won or lost on the smallest details. An attorney who listens will be able to fully understand your side of the story, what you experienced, and what impact your injury has had and is still having on you and your family. This will add to your attorney’s ability to effectively represent your interests, and it can even affect the outcome of your case.
Let’s consider an attorney who takes the time to listen to your story, who asks questions to get more details, and who genuinely cares about what you’ve been through. This attorney will take note of specific issues that are important to you. This attorney will know what goals you hope to achieve. This attorney will be set up for success in handling your case.
Now, let’s consider an attorney who treats you like a case number. This attorney might not listen as closely and certainly won’t care about understanding your concerns. The result? A detail might be missed that could affect the final outcome. You could be persuaded or pressured into accepting a settlement even though that is not what you wanted.
An attorney who listens will be the understanding advocate you need – in or out of the courtroom.
2. Your Attorney Should Be Honest & Supportive
Some attorneys guarantee results or seem to sit back and rest on their laurels while they hand off “small” or “insignificant” cases to inexperienced lawyers and paralegals. Your attorney should be honest and straightforward about what to expect during your case, so you aren’t caught off guard, and so you don’t have unrealistic expectations that leave your hopes shattered. Your attorney should also be supportive and available – there when you need a question answered or simply some reassurance about your case.
An honest and supportive attorney will:
- Give you detailed information about your case on a regular basis.
- Answer the phone when you call, or, at the very least, call you back as soon as possible.
- Willingly answer your questions about the smallest issues or details.
- Help you understand all of your options, so you can make the right choices for your case.
- Be ready to help however possible through every stage of your case.
This can make all the difference in the emotional rollercoaster that typically follows a serious accident or injury.
3. Your Attorney Should Care Whether You Win or Lose
When you’re dealing with the loss of someone you love or a catastrophic injury that has changed the course of your life, you deserve an attorney who’s all in. It may seem like a painfully obvious concept, but your attorney should care whether you win or lose. Your case should not be just another number or notch in their briefcase. It should be personal. That is where you will find the unrelenting determination to achieve the outcome you deserve.
Consider the difference between an attorney who is all in and an attorney who is “just doing their job.” An attorney who isn’t fully committed might give up or try to convince you to settle, even if there is an opportunity for a better result. If that opportunity seems too challenging or like it will take up too much time and resources, an attorney who isn’t completely committed might not push for the outcome you need. An attorney who is all in, on the other hand, will find a way to win.
When it comes to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, you’re dealing with your future. You’re dealing with your ability to rebuild and move on. Don’t you deserve an attorney who’s all in?
Experience the Difference with Arnold & Itkin
No one wants to be in a position where they have to think about hiring an attorney, especially after an accident or injury. This means the unthinkable has happened, and now you’re left picking up the pieces. You need an attorney and a team that cares about you, your family, and the outcome of your case. That’s what you deserve, and that’s what will make all the difference in helping you move forward.
At Arnold & Itkin, our clients become our family. We fight because we care. We care about finding brighter futures after the darkest times. When you come to our firm, you’ll quickly find that you can talk to us about anything. We will listen, we will be honest, and we will be supportive. When it comes to getting our clients the results they deserve, we’re all in. No matter what.