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Every year, vehicle collisions seriously injure about three million Americans. These serious injuries are usually permanent. Head injuries are a good example. Frequently, the motion of a crash, as opposed to a trauma impact, causes a head injury. This motion causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. Unlike skin, bone, and other cells, once brain cells die, they never regenerate. Doctors can alleviate the symptoms, but they cannot “cure” a head injury.
There are more lawyers in America than injury victims. Almost any attorney could probably handle a personal injury claim. After all, they all have the same basic qualifications and they all have the same basic skills. However, upon closer inspection, not all San Jose car accident lawyers are created equally. Because the injuries in these cases are so serious, there’s a lot of money at stake. Therefore choosing the right San Jose personal injury lawyer might be one of the most important decisions you make in life.
Many lawyers handle a few personal injury cases on the side, mostly for friends and family. They mostly concentrate on other areas of law, such as family law, criminal defense, or bankruptcy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s strength in diversity, and you definitely don’t want a lawyer who is a one-trick pony.
However, successful personal injury lawyers are committed to individual rights. This passion fuels their purpose. Unless they have this dedication and passion, purpose might be an issue. So, as a rule, your attorney’s practice should be at least 50 percent devoted to personal injury law.
Physical accessibility is important. Frequently, serious injury victims have difficulty getting around, especially on a bad day. For this reason, attorneys can and do offer things like virtual and telephone consultations. However, these meetings cannot substitute for face-to-face meetings. So, your lawyer should be close to your home or office.
Professional accessibility is important as well. At many large firms, an inexperienced associate, or maybe even a non-lawyer paralegal, does most of the work. There’s nothing wrong with delegating some tasks to these other professionals. But your lawyer should be your lawyer, in court and out of court.
The aforementioned skills include being able to think like a lawyer. Law school trains students to break down factual situations, apply the law, and anticipate the other side’s counter-arguments. However, only experience teaches students to act like lawyers.
Acting like a lawyer means knowing all procedural and rules of evidence. Many of these rules are unwritten, and many vary in different counties, or even in different courts in the same county. An attorney with one eye on a rulebook is only half as effective in court. Your case is far too valuable to be the training tool for an inexperienced lawyer.
On a related note, years of experience is often deceptive. Many San Jose personal injury lawyers practice law for years and hardly ever try cases. Instead, they look for quick settlements. Most injury claims settle out of court, so negotiation skills are important. However, you don’t want a lawyer who looks for the easy way out.
Additionally, acting like a lawyer means treating clients with dignity and respect. This dignity and respect includes open, two-way communication. Basically, a good attorney-client relationship is more like a partnership. Only experience teaches attorneys how to forge such relationships.
Car crash claims are usually complex. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Campbell, contact the Solution Now Law Firm. We have offices in San Jose, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
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