How to Choose the Best Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Case
by Peter DeFilippis
Finding the right personal injury lawyer after your accident due to another’s negligence can be a complicated undertaking, but it doesn’t need to be. You want to know how much he or she will charge to represent you, how experienced and successful he or she is, how accessible your attorney is and how the attorney will inform you of the progress of your case. These are all important questions to think about when looking for the best personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights and maximize your rightful recovery. In order to truly grasp the experience of your New York personal injury attorney, we always recommend that you meet with him or her in person, if possible. If not possible, be sure to have an extended conversation with the attorney who will actually be handling your case.
Beware of big firms that introduce you to a seasoned partner and then later delegate your case to a junior associate with much less experience. In some cases, the attorney you have chosen to interview may meet you after an accident, even if you are in the hospital. This face-to-face meeting will allow both of you the opportunity to get answers to important questions and see if the attorney is a good fit for your needs. Do not however hire a lawyer who solicits you personally or through a representative at the site of the accident or in the hospital! It is not permitted under the code of legal ethics and is illegal.
Considerations for Choosing the Right Injury Lawyer
Important aspects of a law firm’s practice that should be weighed when hiring an attorney include:
- Experience: Experience is essential. An attorney who has previously handled your type of accident case may be able to provide useful insight into how best to proceed. An attorney’s experience in a particular area of case law, such as car accident cases or medical malpractice cases, may also assist a victim in distinguishing one attorney from another. Our firm has been in business for over three decades and has the experience to handle all types of accident and medical malpractice claims.
- Past results: When speaking with a lawyer you may hire after an accident, it’s always a good idea to ask about past results. Past results can be an important clue about the skills and effectiveness of an attorney and how well he or she advocates for clients in and out of court. Our firm fights tirelessly for our clients, and we are proud of our results and reputation. Just a few of these results can be seen on our Verdicts & Settlements page.
- Free initial consultation: When an accident victim or a victim’s family begins to evaluate possible attorneys, it is important to know whether the law firm offers free initial consultations. A free consultation allows both the attorney and the victim or victim’s family to begin the process of assessing the viability of a claim. If you have been in an accident, our firm offers a free consultation of your claim. Contact us regarding a free consultation of your claim today.
- Fee: While it is true that personal injury attorneys do not work for free, this is not a reason to proceed without an attorney. An experienced attorney will help to maximize your recovery and minimize mistakes that may doom a legitimate claim. Further, reputable attorneys will explain their fee structure ahead of time so you can make an informed decision. If you have been injured in an accident, Peter DeFilippis & Associates will NOT collect a fee unless you recover money on your claim. That’s our promise.
After you’ve been injured in an accident caused by the fault of another, the injury you have experienced is trauma enough. Searching for the right attorney shouldn’t have to add insult to injury. By asking important questions before selecting your personal injury attorney, you can be sure that you choose a top NYC and Westchester lawyer to fight for your rights and help you recover from your legitimate claims.
Rather than accepting responsibility for their wrongful conduct and fairly compensating injured people or their families, insurance companies, corporations, and other wrongdoers frequently often deny timely justice to those injured or killed due to negligence, We work to use thorough investigation and strategies to curtail these maneuvers and more fully and fairly compensate victims for the harms and losses suffered. Defendants and insurers try to benefit from delaying the resolution of meritorious injury cases that will eventually go to trial. We work to investigate and process cases expeditiously so that the wrongdoers will be held liable and not derive any benefit from their delay tactics.
Since Attorney Peter DeFilippis’ start as a civil plaintiff attorney over three decades ago, he has taken depositions and testimony in a countless number of matters and has been involved in over 100 cases that required a judge or jury to render a verdict. Additionally, Mr. DeFilippis has won many awards over the years due to his steadfast dedication to, and representation of, his clients, including being voted as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by his peers from 2016 to the present.
If you would like to discuss your case with an accomplished and experienced New York personal injury attorney or medical malpractice lawyer, call Peter DeFilippis & Associates today at 212-227-4001 or 914 -478- 7777 to schedule your free consultation and discuss your incident with skilled and caring lawyers.