Basically as soon as you are injured, you should retain a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you every step of the way. Make sure you hire someone who only practices personal injury law. There are some lawyers who are general lawyers and try to do a bit of everything. Stay away from these type of lawyers. I am not saying they are bad lawyers or bad guys, but if you want someone who is going to get you the best recovery on your case, then you want a specialist. You would not go to a knee surgeon if you have a back problem and it is the same with lawyers.
There are good and bad lawyers out there just as there are good and bad people in the world. You should check with the Colorado Bar in Denver to see if there have been any ethical or disciplinary complaints filed against any lawyer you decide to talk with. You should also check with Google and see if there are negative reviews about the lawyer. A lawyer with a lot of negative reviews may not be a lawyer you are going to want to hire. For example, I have almost all 5-star reviews and that is because I do my ultimate best on every single case and with every single client. If it is a case I cannot handle, then I am upfront about that as well. For example, I do not handle medical malpractice cases because that is not my area of expertise. I also do not handle worker’s compensation cases for the same reason.
My specialty is car accidents and I have been handling car accident cases for more than 22 years so I know all the ins and outs of these types of accidents. I know how to analyze the force of impact, the injuries and the treating doctors. As I started my career representing the insurance companies, I know how the insurance companies analyze cases and how they put a certain value on each claim. It is important to have this background knowledge in order to be the best attorney or lawyer that you can be. I take great pride in my work and nothing pleases me more than to make my clients happy with my services.
Personal injury lawyers work on “contingency” which means they do not get a fee unless they recover money for the client. If they do recover money for the client (and they should if they take your case), then the normal fees are 1/3 pre-suit and 40% after a lawsuit is filed. These are the standard contingency fees when a lawyer is dealing with personal injury cases. Bottom line is that you should hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. As soon as you are in an accident, you should call me or another personal injury lawyer/specialist. I can protect your rights better if I am involved in your case from the very beginning. If you come to me a year after the accident, there can be many mistakes made in your case so it is better that I am involved in your case from day one. I can make sure your medical bills are paid, the liens are properly protected and that your injuries are properly investigated and treated.