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4 Things Your Accident Attorney Wants You to Know

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Gerry Oginski
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Hiring an accident attorney can be one of the best things you do for your accident injury case. He or she can not only guide you through the legal process, but can also let you know what to do and not to do to help protect your rights and get the settlement you deserve.

But keep in mind, it’s not all about you – you have to make our job easier too! After all, we're working hard on your accident case! The last thing you want is to be the annoying client your lawyer can’t stand – or you’ll soon be finding a brand-new lawyer. Here are some of the top things your personal injury lawyer will want you to know:

Tip #1: We’re not here for sympathy.
We do feel for you and the emotional and physical pain you’re enduring – but, we’re here to help you get the car accident settlement you deserve and not as a shoulder to cry on. If you call just to complain about your injuries, we’ll soon figure out what’s happening – and you may not get an immediate call back.

Tip #2: There are a lot of PI cases…don’t ask for pro bono “just because.”
One of the most annoying things a client can do is ask for the case to be free because “you’re under special circumstances.” Most lawyers already work on a contingency basis so they don’t get paid until after the settlement. And at that point, they’ve spent long hours on your auto accident case.

Tip #3: We know the law like the back of our hand. There’s no need to do your own legal research.
Another annoying thing some clients do is come into the office with stacks and stacks of “Internet research” they’ve done on their case. Rest assured that PI lawyers are highly skilled at what they do. They’ve passed the Bar Exam, worked with many clients, and had years of training in their area of expertise. Plus, most lawyers have better research tools at their disposal and can find the cases and information that are applicable to your car accident.
Tip #4: Don’t compare yourself to “someone else you know.”
The thing about PI cases is that they’re all different. Even if you have a friend, family member, or coworker who’s been involved in a PI case, there’s only a tiny, tiny chance that the circumstances were the same.

Think of it this way: It would be silly to expect the same outcome as someone else because the circumstances surrounding their accident were different and their injuries aren’t the same as yours. So don’t grill your lawyer about why so-and-so got a different settlement than you did.

Remember, one of the most important things in a trial is working well with your lawyer and making sure you have a healthy working relationship. After all, they’re the people who get to tell your side of the story.

About the Author:
Peter Nero writes for the Accident Injury Blog at Accidents.com.

Category: Negligence Cases

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