You might think that hiring a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer, any lawyer, will net you the same amount of money. It might, but then again, it might not. Many people think that hiring an accident attorney will mean that they must go to court. However, many client’s personal injury cases settle out-of-court, saving you the stress and expense of a trial. Think about this: the insurance company will often judge your case by how well it is handled, and what experts and devices are used to prove your case. If your personal injury attorney has a track-record and reputation for trying cases and winning them – not simply settling them for cheap – the insurer will usually place a higher value on your personal injury case.
This is not because of the insurance companies preference of one lawyer over another. It has everything to do with the time and attention paid to YOUR case. If your personal injury attorney will spend money on experts to support and prove your case when justified, it will certainly appear more valuable to the insurance company.
Since it is to your lawyer’s advantage to obtain the best possible settlement in the shortest period of time – since his or her fee is contingent on the settlement – be sure to hire an attorney whose interests align with yours. Attorney Ed Kramer is out to maximize your case value. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court where he has won against Lloyd’s of London in a maritime personal injury case. Attorney Ed Kramer has recovered many millions for his clients in his almost 30 years of practice.
Personal Injury Attorney Ed Kramer wants to resolve your case quickly, but not at the expense of getting you a higher recovery for your personal injuries.
Example of Personal Injury Claim Handling
Let’s say that you are an insurance adjuster. Which case would you pay the most money toward, to avoid an even bigger loss at trial? Claimant “A” or Claimant “B?”
Claimant “A” has retained a top-rated attorney. Claimant “A’s” case is supported by:
- Eyewitness statements;
- Expert medical tests;
- The complete medical record including chart notes, reports, visits and testing;
- Past medical expenses;
- An expert medical report stating a dollar amount for future medical needs;
- Accident reconstructionist’s report, placing 100% of the blame on the at-fault driver
- Expert economist’s report detailing the past and future wage loss;
- A vocational-rehabilitation expert whose report details future job prospects;
- Computer-aided animation demonstrating liability and medical damage.
You, the insurance adjuster have another case, Claimant “B.” Claimant “B’s” case is supported by:
- The accident report;
- A doctor’s written report;
- Copies of medical bills;
- The client’s statement that they are hurt and feel pain.
Think about if you are the insurance adjuster – which case would get the most money, assuming the same injuries?
There is no secret to maximizing a client’s case value – it’s just hard work, effort and a desire on the part of the client and the lawyer to get the most possible.
Personal Injury Attorney Selection
Presumptively, every Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyer can handle a case well. The real question is “will they go the extra mile for you?” Are you one of hundreds of files that the lawyer is handling? Do you receive timely phone calls from your lawyer? Will your attorney even return your phone call? Yet still, have you even met your attorney?
It is always advisable to shop around to pick the best personal injury lawyer for your case. Just because you call, or even visit the lawyer, does not mean you have to ‘sign up’ with them. Attorney Ed Kramer advises all personal injury victims to ‘shop around’ before hiring any lawyer. Sometimes, personalities conflict or expectations differ. Sometimes, you walk in to see the “big name” lawyer but are relegated to somebody down the line.
The size of a lawyer’s office, their advertising budget, and how many billboards upon which they appear are often not indicative of the skill of the lawyer. In fact, the State Bar Association requires an attorney to post this disclaimer language on many of their advertisements:
“No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.”
But this is almost NEVER printed in the bold words like “Injured?” or “Car Wreck?” The idea of attorney marketing is to get you to call the attorney advertising, not shop around. In fact, some scholarly articles detail the rise of so-called ‘settlement mills‘ – characterized by heavy advertising and high volume – that Forbe’s Magazine says “Insurers Like Them.”
Again, even the State Bar Association suggests that “the hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.” This is very good advice.
Personal Injury Claimants Should Shop Around
It is advisable to ask a personal injury lawyer some questions BEFORE you hire them about your case. These include:
- Who will be handling my case?
- What experts, if any, will you hire?
- Are you interested in getting me the most money, or settling my case quickly?
- What is your experience in this type of case?
- What is the fee?
- Will I be charged costs if the case is lost?
- If the ‘big name’ is not handling the case, then these questions should be asked of who is handling the case.
- Does the attorney return phone calls? One test will be to speak with them, wait a few days, call back. Do they answer the phone or are you put off?
Attorney Ed Kramer has been awarded the coveted “A-V” 5-Star rating from Martindale-Hubble. This means that he has the highest ethical rating that an attorney can receive and the highest skill rating as selected by other lawyers. This does not mean that other lawyers cannot handle cases well – they can. But Attorney Kramer wants you – the Baton Rouge Personal Injury Victim to know your rights when selecting an attorney.
If you want honesty, and professionalism, skill, and experience put toward your personal injury case, contact the InjuredGo.com personal injury law firm. Attorney Ed Kramer will help put together a legal ‘Team’ to go head-to-head with an insurer to help you recover the maximum possible settlement or award.