How to Select a Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents with severe injuries or even deaths occur across Kentucky every day. The urgent need to hire a quality personal injury lawyer can arise unexpectedly. When this happens, you want to be ready. You’ll want a personal injury lawyer with the skills and resources to see your case through successfully. Here, we outline some points to help you select the best personal injury lawyer in Kentucky for you.
Successful Dispositions of Similar Cases
If the attorney you’re considering has a history of success in similar cases, that is a positive sign. When it comes to personal injury claims, you’ll want someone who focuses on this area. Many lawyers and firms specialize in different fields. Being licensed to practice law doesn’t guarantee expertise in personal injury claims. You’ll want an attorney who gets the highest compensation possible for their clients.
Your Rapport with the Lawyer
Effective communication is an essential component of any client and an attorney relationship. You deserve the highest degree of honesty, courtesy, and respect from your attorney. Assess whether you and the lawyer can effectively communicate during your case. They may also correspond, on your behalf, with anyone involved in your case. Think health care providers, opposing insurers, witnesses, and other third parties.
Approach and Priorities
Be clear of what your priorities and objectives might be. Every accident victim has different wants and needs. Some are willing to pursue the largest amount of compensation available. Under these circumstances, the process is often long and drawn out. Others might not want to wait as long, so they’re amenable to settling for less. Make sure that there’s a meeting of the minds about how you want your attorney to approach your case.
Get Comfortable with the Retainer Agreement
It’s highly likely that in a personal injury case, any attorney who you retain to represent you will be working on a contingency fee agreement. Take notice that any such agreement must be in writing. Additional costs may include filing and service fees, court reporter fees, and other expenses. Ordinarily, the attorney advances these costs, to be reimbursed, from any gross proceeds derived from a settlement or award. The retainer agreement must spell this out, along with who will be responsible for the costs if the case is unsuccessful. You’re entitled to a copy of that retainer agreement after you and the attorney sign it.
Clarity of Purpose
The above advice addresses all of what we’ve already been doing at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, for more than 100 collective years now. Our lawyers don’t speak legalese to clients. They’re easily understandable and friendly. We don’t need to boast about being the best around either. You need only take a look at our track record here on our website. Judges know us; insurance companies and their defense lawyers know too. Even our clients are quite laudatory about us. You’ll sense the difference as soon as you visit us at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC. If injury or loss of a family member is affecting you as a result of an accident anywhere in Kentucky, contact us right away. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review. You’ll feel like you’re speaking with old friends when you talk with us.