For personal injury lawyers, board certification is a mark of excellence in a professional career. Patients would never entrust their care to a physician not board certified. The same should be valid for legal representation. The problem is that many people don’t know that lawyers can even be board certified. This lack of public awareness is unfathomable for the best lawyers in the country. This crucial distinction separates the “paper pushers” from the actual “winners.” Lack of board certification may separate clients from the maximum compensation they deserve.
In this article, we will explain the top 5 reasons why accident victims should hire a certified attorney. This article covers all the reasons – from paperwork to an uphill battle with the insurance company – why the best thing to do after suffering severe injuries in an accident is to sit down for a consultation with a personal injury attorney.
As always, this publication is intended to help potential law firm clients seeking expert personal injury representation. Without certified attorneys on their side, clients fighting the insurance company cannot win their case.
1: Insurance companies take advantage of those who try to fight their claims.
When fighting the insurance company, it is a losing battle if victims choose to do so without the help of licensed attorneys. Insurance companies are not in the habit of treating accident victims fairly. If the victim resolves to deal with the insurance company on their own, chances are they will not be treated with the fairness they deserve in terms of compensation for their injuries.
In previous articles, we have discussed the practice known as “Deny, Delay, Don’t Pay.” It is used to discourage victims from seeking the compensation they are due. This tactic is used as soon as the insurance company discovers that the victim’s attorney is a “paper pusher.” Believe us; insurance companies know a “pencil pusher” or “expert” when they see one.
What is a “paper-pushing” lawyer?
This is not a good thing. A “paper pusher” is what we on Law Resource call an attorney who accepts as many requests as possible to bolster their “bottom line,” when in fact, that “bottom line” is simply getting a small amount of compensation on behalf of their clients (the dollar amount doesn’t matter to them, and that’s another red flag for finding another firm). For injured clients, money is essential. It is what restores quality of life medically and mentally).
2: Accident victims should not navigate the Florida legal system without legal representation.
The second reason an accident victim should never try to fight alone after being injured by someone else’s recklessness or negligence (car accident, medical malpractice, or truck accident, to name a few common reasons for lawsuits) is simple: The Florida legal system is complex. Understanding the statutes, laws and what can be brought to court is difficult for those without a law degree. However, a board-certified attorney has consistently maintained a high level of success in all of these areas for their clients; board-certified attorneys tend to have more knowledge than their peers in personal injury matters.
In addition, only a board-certified attorney can stand up to an insurance company’s legal team. Whether preparing a client for mediation or going to trial, the attorney knows the process. Every personal injury claim is different. Having experience with other accidents and their consequences is the first step toward maximum compensation. Licensed attorneys can provide appropriate legal advice on a case-by-case basis.
3: Only licensed attorneys can handle the paperwork…the right way!
The following may not be as apparent as the reasons for hiring a licensed attorney after an accident. However, it is worth mentioning. Not only is the legal system complex, but it is almost entirely made up of documents. Trying to sort through the number of legal documents that require precise information (“the client’s book of life”) is another losing battle. Insurance companies will use the amount of paperwork as another way to take advantage of the victim. The insurance companies want the victim to drop out. Licensed attorneys take the lead on paperwork, and the insurance companies don’t stand a chance regarding their bullying practices.
4: Board-certified attorneys are not rare for nothing.
Board certification is a process that starts with young lawyers striving for more than just getting clients out with a check. Instead, young lawyers must stay hungry throughout the early years of their careers to claim the honor of board certification when they finally reach the title of lead attorney at a firm in which they have become a partner or at their firm.
Only 1% of lawyers reach this milestone and become board-certified lawyers. This much sought-after but rarely achieved accomplishment places board-certified attorneys above their non-board certified peers. Achieving dual certification is less common, with less than 1% of lawyers able to claim this jewel of achievement. Dual certification means that the lawyer is not only certified in the state where they practice but also nationally.
5: Board Certified Lawyers Have the Most Experience
Compared to their peers, a board-certified attorney upholds higher standards of character, ethical behavior, and reliability. Their success is based on client satisfaction, not how many clients the attorney has seen in a month. Licensed attorneys obtain multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of their clients because they follow through.
These attorneys are the ones who are experienced in using evidentiary aids, calling expert witnesses, preserving evidence (known as spoliation of evidence), and filing sensitive motions promptly. Board-certified attorneys are professional and ethical and conduct themselves above and beyond the expected standards in the office setting and when in front of the judge in the courtroom.
Bonus 6: Contingencies in the personal injury field are not unique; they are normal.
It is well known that personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means the lawyer will not get a dime if the client does not get compensation. Therefore, lawyers who advertise “no upfront fees” or “free legal representation” are not being honest with accident victims. The personal injury field has a widely accepted position on contingency. Thus, because of its acceptable ethics, there is no need to advertise it.
Unfortunately, “I will sue you” is a misnomer used too often. Its connotation is that of lawyers in television commercials advertising their firms and promising large settlements. Not every case ends up in the millions. Experienced lawyers say so openly. The best a personal injury lawyer can do is to get the maximum compensation allowed by law. Attorneys who make false promises are a red flag to find another firm! Attorneys should never promise a client a specific amount of money. An attorney who successfully tries hundreds or thousands of cases will not make false promises. Their results speak for themselves.
Experience speaks for itself.
Ultimately, inexperience, false promises, and dishonesty can cause a case to fail. Victims stuck with a “pencil pusher” often receive the least amount of money possible. And that’s money intended to improve their quality of life! These clients often don’t have the resources to seek a better accident attorney.
Now that we’ve established our “Top 5,” that’s not the case. So in this article, readers can better understand why they should rely on board-certified attorneys.