Ah, the age old question: are all lawyers created equal? Okay, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but differentiating between types of lawyers and finding the one right for you is incredibly important when you’ve been hurt in an accident. The very first place you’ll want to start is with the lawyer’s experience. We all get the same degree, but if you’ve suffered a debilitating injury due to a chemical fire or coal mining accident, you don’t want to go to the guy who has been writing deeds and wills for the last twenty years. You need a lawyer with a past performance that includes cases likes yours.
Good injury lawyers spend years studying, learning and re-learning how to best represent people who have been involved in serious, life threatening and fatal accidents. Just because someone has a law degree, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is qualified to handle your case. If someone called me up today and said, “Hey, Scott, can you write out my will for me?” My answer would be a solid “no way!” I’m not experienced in that area. But if that person calls me about a powerhouse or coal mining injury, then I’m happy to go into detail about the many years of experience I have and hopefully be able to help them.
An important thing to remember is that we lawyers never stop going to school. We have to get continuing education hours every year to keep our law licenses. Here at The Segal Law Firm, we are almost always focused on learning how to be better injury lawyers. In the past two decades, I think I’ve knocked the number of hours limit out of the ballpark every single year. You’ve heard it said “the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know,” and that’s exactly why I continues to stay in the classroom, focused on becoming a better injury lawyer.
We will even get cases referred to us by other lawyers in town who are what you would call general practitioners; they do wills, divorces, small banking matters, deeds and things like that. Maybe they have been a family’s lawyer over the years and a trust has been built between them. If there’s mesothelioma case or a tractor trailer tragedy that has just occurred in the family, the general practitioner may call me up and ask me to help out. I don’t mind doing that at all. I’ll share my fee with them so that the family is comfortable. I’ll keep their lawyer involved so that they have that level of trust with me right from the beginning. It’s not uncommon for us to get cases in this way because any good lawyer is only going to take on cases that they are fully equipped and trained to do.
Look at this way: if you went to your family doctor, the one who has been treating you your entire life, and told him your chest hurt, that doctor will probably pick up the phone and call a cardiologist. It’s the same with lawyers. Each lawyer has a speciality and you want to make sure you’ve found the right representation for your type of case. I have dedicated over thirty years to my practice and to making sure I know how to represent clients who have suffered debilitating injuries. Make sure you call us and ask questions about our experience if you or a loved one has fallen victim. The call is always free at 855-344-9100.