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How to Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
By: Natalie Aranda, Tue Oct 31st, 2006
There might come a time in your life when you are injured, perhaps seriously, and through no fault of your own. When this happens you are often entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, for the pain and suffering you endure, for the loss of income, and even the emotional distress. There is a entire field of law known as tort law that deals with personal injury lawsuits.
This is a rather large field, too. It ranges from dog bites to wrongful death. It defines such concepts as liability and negligence. There is some discomfort over what sometimes seems to be settlements and judgments that are way out of line with the injury received, and way out of line with common sense. These high profile cases have captured much attention, and led to calls for reform of tort law and limits on the amount of judgments. This is especially true in the area of medical malpractice where excessive judgments have forced up the cost of malpractice insurance for physicians, a cost that is passed on to the patients and results in increased health care costs.
Despite these unusual cases, tort law gives a person who has been injured a chance to receive fair compensation if the injury is to an extent that it has caused a crisis in his life. If you find yourself in this situation there is one hard and fast rule as to where to start. Find yourself a good personal injury lawyer. Tort law is very complicated and you are not going to have a chance if you are not represented by someone with a good working knowledge of it.
One of the first rules is to find a lawyer with experience in the locale where the case is going to be heard.
If your case is going to be tried in Boston, than get a Boston personal injury attorney to represent you. Not only do laws vary from place to place, but so do courts and court procedures. The second rule is to find a lawyer with a good reputation, and a history of success in similar cases. You need to shop around a bit for a lawyer, rather than pick the first one in the phone book. Many lawyers offer free initial consultations, and this meeting is critical. Listen closely to what you are told about the legal aspects of your case, and the chances for a successful outcome. If you are not happy with what you hear, or have doubts, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. Remember that this Boston personal injury lawyer you just hired is going to make a lot of money, and you want to make sure you get what is coming to you as well.
In addition to the yellow pages, there are lawyer referral services that will assist you in finding the right lawyer. Many of these are sponsored by the State Bar Associations and will be able to connect you to the lawyer with the most experience in handling your type of case. Web directories also exist that can help guide you as well. The important thing is to find a lawyer with whom you have some rapport, and feel a large degree of trust. Use the same care you would use in selecting a doctor because like a doctor, the personal injury lawyer may very well have your life in his hands.
About the Author
Natalie Aranda writes on laws and family.