The services of a personal injury attorney are necessary if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence and seek to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Filing a claim in Colorado without legal counsel could result in receiving a low settlement or no settlement at all because you could say the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster or miss important deadlines that jeopardize your claim.
Filing a Claim in Colorado: Signs of Trouble
Not all injury attorneys have the same work ethic; therefore, some may not be a good fit for your case. Listed below are 4 signs that your attorney may be a bad fit for your case:
- Ineffective communication or lack of communication — it’s important that you hire a personal injury attorney who will return your calls or emails and keep you posted of any developments in your case. It’s also important that you don’t make persistent phone calls and frequent, unannounced visits. However, if all of your calls are unreturned or if the only notices you receive are from the court rather than your attorney, then you should consider filing a claim at another firm.
- Too many promises — I f your personal injury attorney has guaranteed you a large settlement before he or she has had a chance to research and investigate your case thoroughly, then you should find another attorney. All cases are different, and no outcome can be guaranteed. Many factors will need to be taken into consideration before an estimated value can be placed on your claim. These factors include the nature of your injuries, medical bills, time missed at work, insurance issues and fault.
- Heavy legalese — good attorneys who respect their clients will not use heavy legalese, and they encourage you to speak up and ask questions. An attorney who is trying to confuse you may speak quickly, throw around a lot of technical phrases like res ipsa loquitor and ipso facto and refuse to answer your questions in plain English. If the only thing the attorney says that you fully understand is, “sign your name here,” then you may have a problem.
- Representing others in your case — If another lawyer at the same firm is representing the other side in your case, then you have a problem. This has all the makings of a legal malpractice suit, and although it seems odd, it does happen.
It’s not easy to hire an attorney for help filing a claim. The key is to hire an attorney as soon after your accident as possible so you will have sufficient time to hire another attorney if the first one doesn’t work out .
Contacting a Denver, Colorado, Personal Injury Attorney
The Law Office of D.J. Banovitz prides itself on giving honest, straightforward answers to your questions and concerns after you have been seriously injured in an accident. When another’s negligence causes you harm you deserve to know the truth about your rights and options in a personal injury claim.
To learn more about how law firms in Denver matter in preserving your injury claim, request a FREE copy of our book, 7 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case. When you’re ready, contact us for a FREE consultation – 1-303-300-5060.