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When choosing an accident attorney, make sure that he or she has experience representing clients in accidents involving injuries. Many attorneys advertise that they handle car accident cases but what you want is an attorney who specializes and only handles car accidents. You would not go to your family physician to replace your hip, you would go to a specialist, an orthopaedic surgeon.
It is much the same when dealing with attorneys. Most attorneys essentially have a specialty, like personal injury, family law, wills and estates, real estate, etc. You want to find an attorney who really knows accident law and the laws surrounding fault, causation and damages. I have been practicing exclusively personal injury and car accident law for the past 22 years.
I have experience from both sides: defending insurance companies and now exclusively representing injured victims. Over the years, I have honed my negotiating skills and am usually able to settle every case that I take on. Only a very small minority of cases end up in Court. I would say that 99% of the cases that I have handled, settle and do not need to be taken into Court. After representing insurance companies for so long, I have learned how to deal with the insurance adjusters who hold the purse strings. Insurance adjusters are smart people and are frequently overworked. They usually want to do what is fair and they just need to be guided to a happy result.
You also want to make sure that your accident attorney charges a contingency fee and not an hourly rate. All the best accident attorneys will charge a contingency fee. A contingency fee is contingent upon the attorney getting a settlement for you and if he does, then he gets a percentage of the total recovery. I charge one of the lowest contingency fees in Colorado. I only charge 28% of the total settlement. Most attorneys charge between 33-40%. I believe that my client should be properly compensated and the best way to do that is to put more money in the client’s pocket. One way I do this is to charge the lowest fee to the client.
You do not want to hire an attorney right out of law school because they just do not have the legal experience to get you the highest settlement. I have 22 years of legal experience so I am a veteran in my field. Always choose an attorney with adequate experience, at least 10 years or more of experience in handling accident cases. You would not want to hire a doctor who just graduated from medical school to operate on your heart, would you? It is the same thing with attorneys. Get the experienced attorney who knows how to handle your case because he has done it for many, many years.
I am always available to talk, whether by phone, text, email, facebook, etc. So, please call me or contact me with the facts of your case and I can give you a straight, honest answer.