You’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, pharmacy error or other type of accident. You have tried being reasonable and “working it out” with the insurance company, to no avail. You are now in the market to hire a Georgia Injury Lawyer. And boy, there sure is no shortage of lawyer ads on TV, in the yellow pages, on the radio, on billboards, on the side of city buses, inside MARTA trains, or on the internet. How does one decide.
The truth is: there are plenty of Georgia injury lawyers, but only a handful of top-notch lawyers who can effectively handle your case and get you an amount of money in settlement or at trial that can positively change your life. Here are a few things that you may want to consider when you are seeking the lawyer that will help you and your family:
(1) Experience. How long has the lawyer been practicing law? How long has he or she practiced in Georgia injury law? How much “first chair” trial experience does this particular lawyer have? Don’t be lulled into thinking that experience is not the most important criteria, because it certainly is. But, not just experience, but successful and meaningful experience is the key here. There are plenty of “experienced” lawyers who have practiced for over 20 years and have never tried a case to verdict. Plenty more who have simply watched other lawyers in their firm try the case (and then claim that they “tried” the case). As an informed potential client, ask specific questions and demand specific answers. You might be surprised with what you hear.
(2) Commitment to Clients. While the “heavy advertisers” have the glossy pictures and paid spokespersons, most of them never actually work on your case. They farm it out to other lawyers. Find out up front what type of dedication and commitment to each case your new lawyer will have. In fact, some rely heavily on paralegals to settle as many cases as they can, and the ones that the can’t settle, they refer out to trial lawyers to file suit. This is important and should not be overlooked.
(3) Past Results. I wise man once told me: “Past performance is the best indicator of future success.” This rings especially true for Georgia trial lawyers. If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence and you have been seriously injured, you deserve to be represented by a lawyer that can stand up in front of a jury and argue your case effectively. Ideally, that lawyer should have been there before–and won (ie., gotten a multi-million dollar verdict). If I was seriously injured in Georgia, I would make sure the lawyer I hired to represent me was smart, dedicated and succesful. And so should you! Good luck.
Attorney Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, automobile accident cases, personal injury cases, dental malpractice and medical malpractice lawsuits for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years in and around Atlanta, Georgia and its surrounding areas, including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured and would like quality legal representation, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.