Many Portlanders are injured in accidents and mishaps through no fault of their own. Without any advance notice, they can be tossed into a difficult medical, legal and emotional situation that can test their limits in many ways.
While dealing with an accident is never easy, you can take much of the burden off of your own shoulders by retaining a skilled and experienced injury attorney.
But how do you decide which attorney is the best one for you?
The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. That’s because each case is different and the evidence and facts that will determine the outcome of a case if you decide to sue will go a long way in determining which personal injury attorney in Portland is right for you. However, there are some general principles to keep in mind as you start the process of retaining an attorney.
Find a good communicator. The legal system is intimidating. Unless you work inside of it all the time, you might be overwhelmed with laws, systems, procedures, judges, motions, and more. It’s up to your attorney to interpret everything moving forward and make sure you understand what’s going on.
Find a good negotiator. Your attorney should also be able to use his communication skills to work with defense lawyers and the judge to forge a compromise that benefits you in the best way possible. The fact of the matter is that most personal injury cases do not go to trial. They are settled beforehand. That places a premium on an attorney who can take the facts of a case, present them in the best possible light, and gain you the maximum settlement amount without going through the rigors of a trial.
Find an attorney with great experience. Not only do you want an experienced personal injury attorney, but you also want one that specializes in your type of case. Because personal injury law is such a large field, many attorneys have narrowed their practice to focus on things such as auto, truck, motorcycle or boating accidents. Others may concentrate on premises law that could include slip and trip and fall injuries that focus on poorly maintained public or private properties. For the best possible outcome, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney who has experience in your particular type of case.
Dawson Law Group serves Portland and surrounding Oregon communities.