It seems like there are too many attorneys, until you realize that there are so many personal injury claims being brought in the United States and, more specifically, in Alaska. So, you see them on television, hear their ads on the radio and become annoyed by their online pop-ups; but what about when you are injured and need one?
This is when you can use those ads as part of your search for the Best Personal Injury Attorneys Lawsuit. In addition to these ads—and typically more effective than these ads—is word-of-mouth referrals. A recommendation from someone who already had success on a case with a law firm is likely to lead to a better experience than a stranger from an unsolicited advertisement. There are also resources on the internet that can help you find quality representation, local bar associations and local chambers of commerce which can all provide referrals for you.
And after you narrow your list down to a few candidates, it is time to interview. At this initial meeting with an attorney (which is typically free in the personal injury context), you should ask questions about experience, prior successes and anything else with which you are concerned. Through this conversation, you will not only learn what the attorney has done, but also how he presents himself and how he may act in front of a judge, jury or adversarial attorney. Chances are, if you feel comfortable with him, so will others, which is a positive asset.
Once you find the attorney for your case, the next step will be to provide all information to her, whether you think she needs it or not (that is for her to decide), so that the initial claim forms can be filled out and the complaint is drafted. At this juncture, the attorney will likely work to obtain your medical records and any relevant accident reports.
Once your attorney understands how to tell your story, the summons and complaint will be filed, thus commencing your lawsuit. These papers are then served—or delivered—to the defendants, who must serve an answer to the complaint within a prescribed amount of time.
Next, the discovery process begins, where there will be the exchange of documents, followed by depositions, where each party is questioned by the other party’s attorney in front of a court reporter.
There may then be “motions” to the Court, where a party may either seek a determination of the case before trial or request some other type of relief.
Finally, if the case does not settle, comes the trial, where a judge or jury will hear arguments and facts and decide who gets money and how much.
This is a long-term process with a lot to know, which is why it is so important to hire the best personal injury attorney to handle your case. Without them, you are going to have a difficult time obtaining compensation, no matter how strong your case may have been.