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5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Case


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 27, 2018 in Personal Injury

hiring a lawyerIf you have been injured because of another’s actions, you need a personal injury lawyer with your best interests in mind who can advocate on your behalf to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case, however, can be complicated. There are several things you must consider when choosing the right lawyer for you, including:

1. Experience

The more experience an attorney has in a specific area of practice, the better he or she will be able to handle the unique challenges that are likely to develop in a case. Having handled many cases like yours before, he or she will know how to thoroughly investigate the situation, determine the full value of your injuries and build a strong case on your behalf.

When hiring a lawyer, consider how long he or she has been practicing and how many cases like yours he or she has handled.

You will also want to make sure he or she has experience taking cases to trial. Although most cases will settle before reaching a courtroom, there is always the possibility that a settlement is not possible. In these situations, you need a veteran courtroom lawyer who has tried many cases to verdict before a judge and jury.

Furthermore, insurance companies are more likely to settle more quickly if you have a lawyer on your side who they know is willing to take a case to court to recover fair compensation.

2. Areas of Practice

Personal injury law is a specific area of practice that involves many special rules and requirements. Attorneys who focus their practice on personal injury cases have a specific skill set that enables them to determine issues of liability, accurately value your injuries and other losses, and handle insurance companies with ease.

Just as you would not expect a dentist to handle your heart problems, you need a lawyer who concentrates his or her practice on your type of case. For example, if your injuries were caused by a car accident in Waterbury, you should look for a Waterbury car accident lawyer to handle your case.

At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, our lawyers have focused their practice solely on personal injury law, and more specifically on handling auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, workers’ compensation and a variety of other cases.

3. Cost

An important consideration when making any hiring decision is how much you will be charged for the services you are purchasing. By asking your prospective lawyer about his or her fee before making a hire, you ensure you are not surprised by an unexpected bill.

The personal injury lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge upfront for our services. We only collect a fee at the conclusion of your case if we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

We also provide a free, no obligation consultation with our team to determine if you have a case and to answer any questions you may have.

4. Resources to Handle Your Case

You will also want to make sure the firm you are hiring has the resources needed to thoroughly investigate and build your case. Some cases, such as medical malpractice lawsuits require significant investment in order to hire a medical expert to review and provide an opinion on the case as required by Connecticut medical malpractice law. Your lawyer should have the resources to front these initial costs and should also have the connections for obtaining everything that is necessary for your case.

You should also be aware of the amount of time your lawyer will have to commit to your case. You do not want your case to be taken by a lawyer who does not have the time to give it the attention it deserves.

At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we pride ourselves in providing our clients with the highest level of customer service. In every case we handle, we strive to provide personalized attention and care to answering your questions and handling every detail for you.

5. Reputation

When considering a lawyer to handle your case, the opinions of his or her peers can be valuable in determining his or her skills in and out of the courtroom. There are many peer-review lawyer rating services that can provide some insight into this.

For example, D’Amico & Pettinicchi has been listed in the U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list for several consecutive years, just as we also regularly have attorneys included in the Best Lawyers list for Connecticut. Firm Partner Mike D’Amico has repeatedly been selected as Lawyer of the Year in various practice areas by Best Lawyers and has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer.

Our attorneys are also leaders and active members within local and state bar associations and other legal organizations where they regularly expand their legal knowledge and share their experience with others in the industry.

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If you are considering hiring a lawyer to handle your personal injury case, take time to learn more about the lawyer who will be handling your case. You can learn more about our attorneys’ accomplishments and what makes our firm stand out from the rest by reviewing the information in the attorneys section of our website.

Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will answer your questions and help you determine if you have a case. If you do, we will guide you through every step of the legal process.

Call (866) 848-7077 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form.