With so many lawyers to choose from in our area, it’s hard to know who is the best choice after you’ve been injured. The first thing you should ask a lawyer before you hire them is, “Are you from the area?” Having a local lawyer that lives and works here in Mobile can make a big difference in your case. There is also a convenience factor to this, as in you don’t want to have to drive a long way to meet with your lawyer. There’s a comfort factor about being able to sit down face to face with your attorney to answer any questions you have, and for him to know the full extent of your injuries.
After an injury, legal issues can be very complicated, and solving those issues often involve knowledge of local practices, rules, and regulations. An attorney from outside of Mobile isn’t going to know as many of the factors that could affect your case. You want a local lawyer who has a strong knowledge of the Mobile community, so that he or she can see all the unique angles to your case. Also, familiarity with local courts can be a very important part of hiring a local law firm. Attorneys who try cases before local judges will have a distinct advantage over those who haven’t. A local attorney will have developed a rapport with the judges and their staff.
Last, but definitely not least, you will want to make sure the lawyer has handled your type of case before, and has a proven track record. Be sure to ask about what kind of verdicts and settlements they’ve had, and also what kind of system is in place to handle your case. It is important to hire an attorney who has a lot of experience with your type of case so that they are able to truly help you.
Hiring a local lawyer can be a key element of dealing with the insurance company.
If you have any further questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (251) 300-2000, or come by our office on Florida Street anytime. You never need an appointment to meet with an injury attorney at Greene & Phillips.