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What to look for before you hire a personal injury lawyer

Although there are many excellent lawyers in the Palm Springs area, unless you pick one that’s right for your kind of legal issue, you could wind up spending thousands of dollars and not get the legal defense you’re looking for.

Some of the more common types of cases that lawyers handle are those involving personal injury claims.  Just like with other types of legal issues, there are several things you should look for before you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you.

Experience.  While their enthusiasm may be admirable, your issue is too important to trust to a lawyer who has just passed the State Bar exam.  You’ll want someone who has several years of experience, and who has the special training beyond what they learned in law school.  For example, some lawyers choose to focus on medical malpractice as a specialty of personal injury law; while others may focus on auto accidents or premises liability.

Relevancy. Even with personal injury experience on their side, you’ll want to know if an attorney you’re considering has dealt with a case specifically like yours.  If your personal injury case is the result of a slip and fall, then you’ll want to find a lawyer who has experience handling slip and fall cases in the past.  Attorneys with this kind of specialized knowledge tend to receive greater settlements for their clients than those without relevant experience.

Success rate.  It’s not only a matter of winning the case that determines a successrate, it’s also the dollar amount of the settlement that they were able to achieve.  You want to find an attorney who can get you the maximum compensation for your circumstances, instead of an attorney who is all too happy to settle at the first chance they get.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

5 tips to follow if you are involved in a car accident

A good accident lawyer in Palm Springs can provide you with outstanding legal advice if you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s carelessness.  But even before you retain an attorney to represent you, there are several things you should do immediately after any accident.

  1. If there is any doubt, under no circumstances should you admit you are at fault while you are at the scene of the accident. Any statements you make at the scene can be used as evidence and can come back to haunt you later on.
  1. Seek out an experienced car accident attorney. It takes years for attorneys to accumulate the experience and understanding of state laws that allows them to be of greatest benefit.
  1. File an accident report and report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurance company cannot protect you if they don’t know you’ve been in an accident or if it is not reported promptly.  You should also do whatever you can to cooperate with your insurance company, including working with them to inspect your vehicle and speak with your doctors if you’ve sought medical care.
  1. Document your injuries, medical bills and lost wages resulting from not being able to work. These will form the basis of your claim going forward and the better job you do, the more likely it is that you will get a full recovery sum.
  1. Seek out legal advice early in the process. The sooner you get advice from a lawyer, the less likely you are to make mistakes that could cost you dearly later on.  Accident victims with lawyers generally recover more in compensation than do people who try to settle with insurance companies on their own.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

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