Select a lawyer who practices exclusively in personal injury
There are lawyers who will take on personal injury claims although they practice in other areas of law. As well, there are insurance defence lawyers who will dabble in plaintiff personal injury claims and, in some cases, may not be able to take on your claim due to a conflict of interest. I practice solely in the area of plaintiff-side personal injury and have been doing since 2008.
Choose a lawyer with experience
I was called to the bar in 2000 and have practiced in the personal injury field since that time. I have spent more than 20 years honing my skills as a litigator and to be the best in the industry. When I started my career, I worked for insurance companies as defence counsel. In that time, I learned what tactics the insurers employ and how to deal with them. This has provided me with a unique perspective in how an insurer operates and what can be done to achieve the best results for you.
Choose a lawyer with trial experience
Although many lawyers can handle a personal injury matter, it is more important to know if your lawyer has the actual experience to take cases to trial. A little-known fact is that there are many personal injury lawyers who will not go to trial and will refer your matter to another lawyer referred to as trial counsel. Like it or not, insurance companies know which lawyers will take a matter to trial and those who won’t. I have the trial experience necessary should the need arise to try your case. I will not refer your file to another lawyer to simply avoid trial.
Choose a lawyer with a history of success
You need a lawyer with the experience and record of success. This ensures that you obtain the full compensation you deserve in law. For over 20 years, I have succeeded in obtaining millions of dollars in settlements for my clients.
Choose a lawyer who has been recognized by their peers
A lawyer’s reputation is of the utmost importance. There are many awards available to lawyers but not all awards are the same. Awards with the most meaning come from a lawyer’s peers. Such awards demonstrate that the lawyer is held in high regard by members of the legal community. The benefit to you is that this respect could lead to more favourable results. I have been honoured to receive awards from my peers due to my years of knowledge and experience gained.