If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s actions, it is important to hire a Long Island personal injury lawyer who can help you handle the process. There are several factors that go into choosing the right personal injury attorney. With so many personal injury lawyers to choose from, it can be hard to decide. These are some factors that should go into your decision making process.
- Level of experience
When choosing a personal injury attorney, you should always ask about the experience level of your lawyers and the field in which their expertise is in. It is easy to be excited by a lawyer’s enthusiasm, but if they have never been to trial before, they might not be the right choice. Additionally, just because a lawyer says they have twenty years of experience, does not mean that they have twenty years of personal injury experience. Someone who spent twenty years working in contract law could be a great choice for your business, but if you slip and fall in a parking lot, they might not be your best bet. With over four decades of personal injury law experience, the Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers at the Odierno Law Firm will make do everything possible to ensure success in your case.
- Size of firm
Large firms can be enticing as it seems to signal that many people want to work for that firm, and if it appears that the firm is making a lot of money, it must mean that they are very successful at winning cases. Big, flashy firms might signal that they have a high success rate, however, it is very possible that they just have a large turnover. If a firm is handling thousands of cases per month, chances are they’ll win a portion of those. When choosing a lawyer, you should always choose quality over quantity. It is better to choose an attorney who has taken on five cases and won all five, than one that has taken on five hundred cases and won five.
Additionally, larger firms with big names can give off the idea that a big name lawyer will be handling your case. This is usually not the case. If you choose a big name law firm, be prepared to never meet the named partner.
Personal injury is a broad topic, spanning premises liability, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, and much more. While most personal injury lawyers are familiar with all subcategories of personal injury, it is comforting when an attorney specializes in the kind of injury you are living with. When meeting with your attorney, ask questions about the other cases they have handled in the past. Have they handled a case like yours before? If so, what was the case result? At The Odierno Law Firm, our Long Island personal injury lawyers are experienced in several areas of personal injury law.
- Choose a lawyer who you feel comfortable with
When hiring a Long Island personal injury attorney, you should always pick someone that you feel comfortable with. You will be spending a lot of time speaking to and meeting with your personal injury lawyer in the time leading up to your case, and it is imperative that you feel comfortable with this person. At the Odierno Law Firm, we pride ourselves on our laid-back atmosphere. We know that dealing with an injury can be stressful, and we like our clients to feel at home in our office. This is why our Long Island personal injury lawyers do not typically wear suits to the office, and we will never try to intimidate you with legal jargon that you don’t understand.
Lost wages from personal injury can take a financial toll on any person. With that in mind, the thought of hiring a personal injury lawyer when you are already struggling to make ends meet can be extremely daunting. At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we understand just how devastating the aftermath of an accident can be. Not only could you be faced with costly medical bills and time spent out of work, but you may also be suffering from the long-term effects of your injury. For this reason, we won't expect you to pay us anything up-front or out-of-pocket when you turn to our firm for help. By representing cases on a contingency fee basis, we can assure our clients that they won't be expected to pay for our services or the costs associated with their case unless we are able to favorably resolve their claim—either through settlement or jury verdict.