Choosing an Attorney for your Brain Injury Case
Choosing an attorney to advocate for your brain injury case may seem daunting, but if you know what to look for you can find the best lawyer for your case. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney has the best chance of getting you the compensation you deserved.
Will any Qualified Personal Injury Attorney be a Good Choice?
While it may seem like any experienced personal injury attorney with a good track record of winning cases, might be a good advocate for your brain injury lawsuit, not all personal injury lawyers have experience in dealing with traumatic brain injury cases. Many injuries that win substantial awards from sympathetic jurors are quite obvious to the eye of the beholder. Brain injuries are different. Their effects are generally not visible. While some brain injuries obviously affect movement and/or speech, other brain injuries are subtle. It is difficult to get a jury to award a substantial amount for an injury that they cannot see. Experienced brain injury attorneys realize this and understand how to deal with these obstacles.
The Advantage of an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney
A lawyer experienced in dealing with brain injury cases understands the basic medical aspects of brain injury. He or she will understand the stress and limitations your injury is causing you. This knowledge not only makes an attorney more understanding when dealing with clients, it also enables them to win more cases.
An experienced traumatic brain injury attorney knows how to prove to the jury that your injuries are real and substantial. He or she will understand the emotional changes that frequently occur with brain injury and will be able to show the jury that these things affect your quality of life. An experienced TBI attorney also understands the economic losses that can occur due to the client’s loss of ability to work or to work at full capacity. All these factors are vital in getting you the maximum amount of compensation.
What to Ask when looking for an Attorney?
There are several questions you should ask any lawyer you are considering hiring:
- Have you handled a traumatic brain injury case before?
- How long have you been practicing?
- How many brain injury cases have you handled and what is your track record with winning awards?
- Will you be personally handling my case or will someone under you be handling the preliminaries?
- Are you listed in the National Directory of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services?
- Have you lectured or published on litigating TBI cases?
- Are you board certified?
Although voluntary, board certification by the state bar, or state Supreme Court or the National Board of Trial Advocacy is a good sign that that the lawyer is highly qualified. Board certification requires that the attorney has been licensed to practiced law for five years and specialized in one area for three years; board certified attorneys have passed an evaluation by other lawyers and judges, along with a stringent written examination. Board certified attorneys are also required to take continuing education in their field.
BrainandSpinalCord.org works with a team of personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve. We are experienced in brain injury cases and will guide you through the legal system. If you or someone you love has experienced a brain injury, we can help. Fill out the free case evaluation form on the right of your screen and one of our experienced attorneys will contact you and advise you on your legal rights. There is no obligation; please contact us today.
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