Every minute costs
A personal injury attorney, or any lawyer for that matter, will charge you for every minute you spend talking about your case. Even if you run into our lawyer at a public place, the conversation is billable. Hence, whenever starting a conversation with an attorney, make sure to ask them whether you are getting billed for it or not.
Lawyers do not need to disclose their history of failed cases, disciplinary actions, or sanctions to any client. Some of the disciplinary histories are public records.
To conduct your research, you have to visit a relevant authority that licenses lawyers. There will be a record of disciplinary action at times, but the police will not specify what the action was for. Other times, you will find out the lawyer was disciplined or reprimanded. Hence, it is best to do a background check before taking on any lawyer or attorney for your case.
Taking on your case
If you have learned anything from TV dramas that feature lawyers, litigation is won by energetic lawyers who shout their lungs out. Much of this grandstanding and posturing is done to impress their client, whereas the judges and the attorneys do not take them seriously.
Aggressive lawyers will end up costing you more money. A professional personal injury attorney should specialize in peaceful practice and litigation. Looking for the most dangerous shark out there will cost you a lot, and you do not even need a shark in many personal cases.
Mediation is better
Litigation is a sinkhole hard to come out from. Meditation, on the other hand, gets principals together inside a room with a facilitator. The principals will speak for themselves. More importantly, the facilitator gives the principals a neutral listener similar to a judge that they hope to get on their “day in court.”
These listeners are empowered to reach their conclusions without any legal interference or influence. If all cases were mediated, there would never be a need for a litigator. Encouraging mediation is a natural disincentive for the attorneys.
A client cannot be fired
At times, attorneys tend to threaten their clients, indicating if they do not pay or sign the documents, they will miss the opportunity of representation. However, a lawyer can discontinue your representation for many reasons. Some reasons include rules and regulations which the lawyers need to abide by, and the lawyer will inform you about these regulations.
All the clients should read professional conducts that regulate lawyers in their state. This can be done by visiting the state bar website. Knowing all about professional conduct will give you a better idea of what a lawyer’s permissible behavior can be.
Junior attorneys are trained on your money
Often personal injury attorney you hire is not the one you will be working with. While seasoned attorneys are used to luring in clients, your matters might be delegated to young attorneys who are fresh out of law school.
This is not a major issue if your case can be handled more efficiently by an attorney with a lower fee. Yet, law firms can sometimes involve more people than needed to help ensure that all the firm’s students stay busy.
This means the junior lawyer handling your matter may spend 10 hours doing something that an experienced attorney could have done in 1 hour. You need to make sure that you are not getting charged for the same time when multiple people are handling your matter. If that is the case, everything should be made explicitly clear at the time of agreement.
If a senior personal injury attorney delegates your case to a junior attorney, you should not be charged for both of their services.
Finding the right personal attorney can be a daunting undertaking, especially if you don’t do your research right. If you require a personal injury attorney, follow the guidelines mentioned above and ensure that they are not conducting any malpractice. Remember to hire professional and experienced attorneys that are waiting to take on your personal injury case.
For more information about how we handle claims for personal injury in Los Angeles, CA, visit Kirakosian Law today at www.kirakosianlaw.com or contact us for a free consultation at (213) 444-2908.