Key Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit is going to be a challenging time. From the actual accident and injury which was suffered, to the hassle and stress of the entire process, and adjusting to life after the fact, it’s a trying period in anyone’s life.
The good news is that the right personal injury attorney can make all of the difference in the world. Still, it’s crucial to avoid making common mistakes that can actually derail a lawsuit. Follow the tips below to learn what to avoid and what not to do while hiring a personal injury lawyer.
- Don’t Hesitate to Take Action: One of the biggest mistakes that people make is simply hesitating to take action. There are two reasons this can come back to hurt a case. First, deadlines may pass in terms of the period of time that an injured party has to file a lawsuit. Second, the sooner that action is taken, the stronger a case will be. Take action quickly, hire a qualified personal injury attorney and take his or her advice in terms of going to the right doctors and taking the other steps to strengthen a case.
- Don’t Talk Without the Attorney: Don’t speak with the other party, such as the other driver in a car crash; don’t speak to the insurance companies; and don’t make any statements or sign any documents without the presence and advice of the personal injury lawyer who has been hired. That’s their job, and that’s what they’re there to help with. Even seemingly innocuous statements about a car accident or injury can be recorded and used against the injured party. Let the attorney, and his or her law firm, handle all communication.
- Don’t Hire a Lawyer without Specific Experience: It’s always important to hire a personal injury attorney who has specific experience in the type of injury and circumstances of the case. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer who has handled cases for certain types of surgeries or injuries is going to know the exact courses of action to take, as opposed to a generic personal injury attorney who typically works with car accidents but is taking on a medical malpractice case for the first time.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Speak with Multiple Attorneys: Many people feel like they practically have to hire an attorney who has provided them with a consultation. That’s simply not the case. An attorney may not have the right type of experience, may not be a good personality or style fit for a particular client, may not seem as if they have the appropriate dedication or resources for a particular case, or numerous other issues may arise, which could signal it’s time to speak with someone else for a better result.
Mayle, Ray & Mayle is a leading medical malpractice and personal injury law firm in Ohio. Each personal injury attorney on the legal team has the experience and expertise required to handle nearly any variety of personal injury case, including car accidents and medical malpractice.
Mayle, Ray & Mayle has two offices, in Fremont and Bellevue, and is conveniently located to serve clients throughout Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Ottawa and Huron Counties. Call 419.334.8377 for a free consultation from a personal injury attorney in Ohio.