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How To Hire An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Banville Law know that when you are seriously injured as a result of someone else's negligence, you may need someone to look out for your best interests. Each year, a large number of Americans use the services of personal injury attorneys. Personal injury law covers so many various sorts of accidents and intentional decisions that attorneys who specialize in this area of law see a wide variety of situations on a regular basis. In recent years, accidental injury has risen to become the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), accidental injury is the greatest cause of mortality among Americans under the age of 35, implying that personal injury is a big concern for all Americans, not just New Yorkers. 

Personal injury is a typical occurrence in many scenarios. If you believe you've been the victim of a personal injury, or if you want to prepare yourself in the event of a future personal injury, knowing how to choose the right attorney for your case is critical. Although personal injury attorneys frequently have extensive experience dealing with cases similar to yours, this does not guarantee that they will be a good legal partner for you. Knowing what to look for in a personal injury lawyer might make the process of choosing one for your civil claim go more smoothly. There are a few characteristics and qualifications that are beneficial.

A lot of things are just plain sense. You generally wouldn't want to work with a lawyer who has a poor track record or has never been in a courtroom. An experienced personal injury lawyer can be a beneficial tool for getting the justice you deserve for an unexpected injury.

When Do You Need To Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Personal injury law is one of the most complex areas of the law. There are many types of personal injuries and each has its own set of rules and regulations. If you suffer an injury due to another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Personal injury lawyers are there to protect people who suffer injuries due to another person’s negligence. They represent clients in cases involving car accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, defective products, and other types of personal injury claims. A personal injury lawyer may be called upon to file lawsuits against companies that produce dangerous products, such as faulty cars, unsafe toys, or drugs that cause harm.

Personal injury lawyers are often hired by insurance companies to defend them against claims made by injured parties. This means that a personal injury lawyer may be paid by an insurance company to investigate and evaluate evidence related to a claim and then decide whether to settle the case or go to trial.

There are many types of personal injuries that may occur in life. Most personal injury lawyers specialize in certain types of cases, such as trucking accident attorneys or medical malpractice lawyers. Others practice across multiple specialties, such as car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, dog bites, and much more. It is important to find an attorney that has experience handling the type of injury or accident relevant to your case.

Is it Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Personal injury law is one of the most complex areas of law. In order to prepare a case for civil litigation, you must gather as much information as possible. Collecting police records, storing incident reports, images, or videos of the situation, and interviewing witnesses are all possible options. A personal injury lawyer who is committed to helping their client win will work relentlessly to build the strongest possible case for compensation. Some situations are more difficult than others. Your financial condition, like your injuries, does not have a "quick remedy." It takes time to seek damages compensation. While the majority of personal injury claims are handled outside of court, the appropriate lawyer will not settle until you receive a fair payment. They are ready and willing to go to trial if required.

Personal injury lawyers are often hired by insurance companies to represent clients in personal injury cases. They are paid a percentage of any settlement or verdict that results from their representation. Sometimes, people involved in accidents aren't liable for the damages caused by their negligence. For example, if you were injured in a car crash caused by another driver's negligence, you may not be able to sue that driver.

However, if the other party was negligent, you can file a lawsuit against them. However, according to NOLO, the statute of limitations within the state of New York requires that claims be filed within three years. A personal injury lawyer will understand these time restraints and know if any exceptions may apply.

Additionally, they can help collect damages from the other party. If you don’t have enough money to cover your medical expenses, they can help you get a settlement offer from the other party. If you accept the offer, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for your medical bills.

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Things To Look For When Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney

A good personal injury lawyer should possess certain qualities. These include:


A personal injury lawyer needs to have years of experience handling cases similar to yours. This means he/she has handled cases involving similar issues and knows exactly how to handle your case.


A good personal injury lawyer should be well versed in the laws governing personal injury claims. He/she should understand the ins and outs of the legal system and know how to navigate it.


A good personal injury attorney should be honest and trustworthy. He/she should not lie about the facts of your case or misrepresent his/her abilities.

Communication Skills

A good personal injury law firm should communicate effectively with clients. They should listen carefully to their client's problems and explain them clearly.


A good personal injury firm should be professional and courteous. Clients should feel comfortable talking to them and they should always be treated fairly.

Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer Before Hiring Them

After deciding which type of personal injury lawyer you want to hire, call them and set up a consultation appointment. During this meeting, discuss your case with the lawyer. Ask questions about how they will approach your case, what they think your chances of winning are, and how much time they estimate it will take to resolve your case. Some common questions to ask when searching for the right attorney may include:

  • What do You Charge for Your Services?
  • How Long Have You Been Practicing Personal Injury Law?
  • Have You Handled Personal Injury Cases Like Mine Before? If So Did Any Go to Trial?
  • What Issues or Difficulties do You See with My Case?
  • How Will You Keep Me Updated on the Progress of My Case?
  • Do You Have Testimonials or References from Past Clients that I Can See?
  • What Happens if I Lose? Will I be Responsible for any CaseRelated Costs?

What Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Lawyers usually charge an hourly rate. However, the amount charged depends on the type of case and the complexity of the case. For example, a simple slip and fall case may involve a $100 fee per hour. A complex car accident case involving multiple parties may involve a higher hourly rate.

Some lawyers charge flat rates based on the total value of the case. Other lawyers charge a percentage of the settlement or verdict. The average hourly rate for a personal injury lawyer is between $150-$200 per hour. That means that the typical bill for a simple slip and fall claim would be around $1,500. However, this number varies depending on the lawyer's experience level, expertise, and reputation.

How Do Contingency Fees Work?

Most personal injury lawyers charge contingency fees. What does that mean?

A personal injury lawyer charges a percentage of any settlement or verdict he gets for his client. This fee is called a contingency fee. In most states, contingency fees range between 40% and 50%. If you win a case, your lawyer receives a portion of the settlement or verdict. If you don't win, your lawyer doesn't receive anything.

Some people think they cannot afford to hire a personal injury lawyer. But the truth is that most people can afford to hire one. Many people who go to court to settle a claim against another person or company do not hire a lawyer. But if you're injured, you should consider hiring a lawyer. A good lawyer can help you get compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

Get The Compensation You Deserve

At Banville Law, our attorneys have helped thousands of clients receive the compensation they deserve after suffering an injury caused by another party’s negligence. We understand that recovering damages for your injuries can be difficult, especially when you don't know where to turn. That’s why we offer free case evaluations to help determine whether you may qualify for compensation.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 25, 2022
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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