If you have been seriously injured as a result of some type of accident in Connecticut, then you want to make sure that you are hiring the "right” accident attorney for you. Connecticut injury lawyers are precluded from claiming that they are the best Connecticut personal injury lawyer or best Connecticut accident attorney as a result of the rules of professional conduct. If you come across any attorney that makes this type of claim then it is highly suggested that you not even interview that individual. The “right” lawyer for you is one that you feel comfortable with, who you feel will properly represent your interests, is someone that you can openly communicate with, who is responsive to your needs, and is someone that you feel is the proper fit for you, your personality, and your particular Connecticut injury case.
So, when you begin to look for a Connecticut personal injury attorney what are some of the things that you should look for before making a decision as to what Connecticut accident attorney is the “right” lawyer for you?
- One of the first things that you would want to know is how this lawyer compares to other Connecticut accident lawyers. There are a number of sources that you can look to that rate Connecticut accident lawyers which could include, but not be limited to the following: www.martindale.com; and www.superlawyers.com. The highest rating that a lawyer can obtain from Martindale is AV. A small percentage of all practicing lawyers are AV rated. You would want to interview and ultimately hire a personal injury lawyer that is AV rated. Super Lawyers also rates lawyers throughout the country and less than 5% of all lawyers, in each state, are named Super Lawyers. You would also want to interview and hire a Connecticut injury lawyer who is listed in Super Lawyers.
- You would also want to find out how long the attorney has been practicing law. You would want to find out what type of personalized training and experience the attorney has received and you would also want to find out what percentage of the lawyers' practice is related to personal injury law. You would certainly want to hire a lawyer that has many decades of experience in practicing personal injury law. You would also want to have a lawyer that has obtained extensive ongoing legal education from some of the best legal institutions in the world. You would also want to hire a lawyer that devotes 100% of his or her practice to personal injury law and is not someone who practices a number of different types of law such as real estate, criminal or divorce law.
- You would also want to find out whether or not this Connecticut injury attorney teaches other lawyers about topics involving injury law, negotiation, or obtaining more money for their clients' cases. You would certainly want to find a lawyer that teaches other lawyers both in the state of Connecticut and across the country about how to get more money for their clients' personal injury cases. It stands to reason that you would probably want to hire the teacher rather than one of his or her students.
- You may want to also find out if the lawyer you are interested in hiring has written any books on accident or injury law. You would also want to know if you could obtain free copies of these books so they could assist you in learning what to do and what not to do with your Connecticut injury case.
Most Connecticut injury law firms take these cases on a contingency fee basis. Many of these same firms will only charge you a legal fee if they recover money damages for you. Many Connecticut accident attorneys will also advance the costs to develop your injury case but some may require you to pay these costs out of your own pocket on an ongoing basis. You would not want to hire a firm that requires you to advance the costs for your case. You would want to hire a law firm that advances the costs to develop your case. You will also want a law firm that does not charge you for your costs if they do not recover any money damages for you.
Attorney Richard Hastings has been practicing personal injury law for over three decades. He is AV rated by Martindale.com and has been named a CT Super Lawyer for personal injury law. Attorney Hastings devotes 100% of his time to personal injury law and has received training, in negotiation, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution from the Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in Toronto Canada, Quinnipiac University School of Law, and the Center for Mediation and Law. Attorney Hastings has also written more than 10 books. Has been a syndicated legal columnist. He has written articles for the Connecticut Law Tribune and the New York Trial Lawyers magazine and sold an e-book to injury lawyers for as much as $799.99. He is also a member of the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors. He provides people who have been involved in some type of an accident and/or have been injured with free books that tell people what to do, what not to do, how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker, how to develop their claim for lost wages and how to help their attorney get more money for their accident or injury case.
Hastings Cohan & Walsh, LLP takes accident and injury cases on a contingency fee basis and advances the costs to develop your case. If there is no recovery then you will owe no legal fees and no costs. We also provide a no-cost,-no fee, 30 day guarantee that is set forth on our website at www.hcwlaw.com. Please contact us today to see how we can help you and find out if we are the “right” injury lawyers for you.
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