How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
Most people think that the only place to look for lawyers is on bus benches,
TV ads, and The Yellow Pages. While technically, yes, these are places
to find a Hawaii personal injury lawyer, they’re not necessarily
the best options. Most of the lawyers that advertise with these methods
send loud, intimidating messages to scare their clients into thinking
they need their help.
You should never make your decision to hire legal help based on a flashy
TV commercial or large ad in The Yellow Pages. Just because a lawyer can spend money
on these advertisements doesn’t mean they have any practical experience
handling your personal injury claim.
The best way to determine the credibility of any professional, personal
injury lawyers included, is to ask current and past clients. Reading
client testimonials, asking friends and family, and looking online for reviews of law firms
are all excellent means to narrow down your choices.
CAN I FILE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITHOUT A LAWYER?
You can file a personal injury claim without the assistance of a lawyer,
however, doing so may severely reduce your chances of recovering fair
compensation. Your case would instantly lose the legal knowledge and experience
an attorney brings to the table. Responsibilities that are often handled
by attorneys would also fall to you. These tasks include, but are not
- Investigating the circumstances of an injury and gathering evidence
- Identifying all potentially liable parties
- Assessing medical records and other forms of documentation to determine
- Negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies or other entities
- Filing personal injury claims in court if necessary
- Going to trial, if needed
- Staying informed about changes in the law that may apply to your lawsuit
Negotiating with insurance companies can be especially difficult. These
companies will often try to pay you less than what you are owed. Having
an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help ensure that
you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Do you understand when and where you will need to file important documents?
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to meet critical
deadlines such as Hawaii's statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations establishes the maximum amount of time an injured
party has to file a legal claim against the responsible party for their
injuries and losses. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statute
of limitations, you may be barred from recovering any compensation for
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you ensure that all deadlines
are met and that your case is properly filed in the correct court. Do
not try to go it alone, a skilled and experienced attorney can help you
in ways you may not even be aware of.
Credentials of a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
A good personal injury lawyer will educate their clients on their situation
prior to meeting with them. They are the ones that go above and beyond
for their clients and want to make sure that they are the right fit lawyer
for their case.
Once you are ready for a consultation with a potential personal injury
lawyer, there are a few key things they should be able to provide for you:
References – either clients, colleagues, or professional associations
Experience – ask them if they have examples of past cases similar to yours
and whether or not they have trial experience
Information – good lawyers aren’t afraid to spread their legal knowledge
and many have written consumer guides about their practice area that they
offer free of charge to potential clients
You should also consider your feelings when consulting with a potential
lawyer. If you aren’t comfortable when discussing your situation,
you may not be comfortable dealing with them any further than that.
Remember that a personal injury claim can take months—even years
to settle—so you will need to be comfortable working with your lawyer
for an extended period of time.
Contact an Experienced Honolulu Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident, please
do not hesitate to contact Davis Levin Livingston for a free consultation
today. We can be reached online or by phone at