What To Look For When Choosing An Attorney

legal helpWhen you’ve been in a car accident or you’re soon to face litigation regarding your workers compensation claim, it may be a simple thing to decide that you need legal help. An attorney can assist you with deadlines, paperwork, and arguing your case in the court of law efficiently and professionally. However, choosing your legal help may seem like a more daunting task.

How do you choose a lawyer? Many Americans look toward family attorneys or friends who have experience with particular lawyers and may be able to help. But for those whose families don’t have a family lawyer, you may be wondering what it is you can do to help decide which lawyer is best for your case.

Here are some qualities to look for when you’re on the hunt for legal help to defend, or fight for, your case.

  1. Communication Communication in terms of clarity as well as effectiveness is one of the biggest qualities you want to look for in an attorney. It’s one thing if a lawyer is experienced, but if your lawyer isn’t clear and straight to the point it may be difficult to understand them. This can lead to a slew of problems on your end if you’re unsure of what documents you should be providing your attorney and at what time.Therefore, when choosing an attorney or law firm be sure that you are able to understand them and that they’re able to quickly getting in touch with you. A good sign that a lawyer is bad at communication is if it’s been days since they’ve returned your initial call.

  2. Experience While experience isn’t always necessary when it comes to choosing a good lawyer, it’s good to have one that is well-versed in the material. The most common personal injury cases include product liability at 5%, medical malpractice at 15%, and motor vehicle accidents at a hair-raising 52% according to the U.S. Department of Justice. If your case is one of these three types of personal injury cases, it might be easy to find experienced legal services. However, as long as your attorney understands the differences in the cases and any tax implications, you should be in the clear.

  3. Availability and punctuality The last thing you want to feel when you’re going through a court case is a sense of unimportance. Therefore, when looking for legal advice take note of the availability and the punctuality of the attorney you’re meeting with for a consultation. You want to be sure that you’ll be able to get a hold of your lawyer in the event of a change or emergency. Punctuality is also good manners so if your attorney isn’t punctual, you can usually tell where you fall on their list of present values.

  4. Rapport Another thing to look for in an attorney is whether or not you get along with them. While you don’t have to be friends, a sense of professional understanding and likeness should be present between you and your lawyer if you’re the one who is choosing them for the case.

  5. Professional standing Like with all businesses, check with past clients for their review of the lawyer’s legal help and skill. Past clients will know first-hand if the lawyer you’re thinking of choosing for your case is really a good choice and will be able to inform you of whether or not their personality is a facade.

Looking for legal help in the event of litigation doesn’t have to be difficult. Ask around your community for the names of particular lawyers and during consultations pay attention to the style and personality of the attorney in order to find the best fit for you.

Suffered From a Motorcycle Accident? Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

motorcycle accidentsMany personal injury cases come from the road. In 2015 alone, a devastating total of 3,477 lives were claimed by distracted driving. Motorcycle accidents are particularly deadly as a motorcycle doesn’t offer the same safety as a regular car. Because of this reason, it’s notably beneficial to hire a personal injury lawyer to argue on your behalf during your case.

Why hire a personal injury attorney? It’s true for certain cases involving motorcycle accidents you may not need to hire a personal injury attorney. However, being your own attorney means understanding the language of the court as well as the nature of the paperwork. If you’re unable to follow the procedures or unable to keep up, you may very well lose your case. A personal injury lawyer is experienced in the court of law and can understand complicated legal procedures and terms you may not know.

Additionally, as a victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be suffering from further emotional trauma. As a result, your anxiety may influence how you fight your case in court. A law firm is objective in its goal. Personal injury attorneys are unlikely to make hasty decisions and are analytical in their actions. What you may assume to be a good offer may very well be a trap; a personal injury attorney can help you recognize that.

Compensation Depending on the cause of the accident, you may be able to receive compensation either from the manufacturing company of your motorcycle, from the driver who caused the accident, or from your work if you were using your motorcycle while on the job. A personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in identifying what compensation may be available to you. Even if there are extenuating circumstances or if the fault of the accident falls on the shoulders of the bike’s manufacturer, a personal injury lawyer can assist you in knowing the best way to legally proceed.

Cost Not hiring a personal injury attorney can actually cost you money in the long run. Unless your attorney says otherwise, attorneys don’t often make money on your case unless it’s won in court. Therefore, hiring a personal injury lawyer gives you a better chance of winning your case without the risk of losing money.

Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and surviving one may very well be considered a miracle. A personal injury lawyer guarantees that miracle is not put to waste.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation

workers compensation attorneyWorkers’ compensation often called, “workers comp,” is a type of insurance that protects and compensates employees who are hurt, injured, or become ill on the job. In 2015, private industry employers in the U.S. reported approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Many employees hurt on the job attempt to handle their own case without hiring a workers compensation lawyer. This is not always advisable because the process can be tedious, frustrating, and oftentimes, very complicated. It is in your best interest to call a workers compensation attorney immediately after the injury so that proper medical documentation can be noted on your file, and you ensure you are taking the right steps to get the care you deserve.

Although workers’ compensation insurance is guaranteed by law in almost every state, workers find that it can be quite difficult proving that their injuries fit the strict criteria for receiving this benefit. Workers comp also covers problems and illnesses that are developed over a long period of time on the job, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome or back problems resulting from some sort of repetitive movement at work. This can also be extremely difficult to prove on your own. An experienced workers compensation lawyer will have in depth knowledge of the insurance policies and the companies that manage them. They will help you determine whether or not you have a case, as well as how much in workers’ compensation benefits you are owed.

If you are still unsure about whether or not a workers compensation attorney is needed these are the situations in which you must consider legal representation or face the risk of losing proper medical care, financial compensation, or even your job.

  1. Your Claim Has Been Denied
  2. You Are Not Able To Return To Work
  3. You Have Suffered Severe Injuries
  4. You Have Pre-Existing Conditions
A lawyer who specifically knows the laws and policies in place for workers comp can only help you when moving forward with your claim. Most will provide free consultations, and this will give you the time to check references, their past claim successes or failures, and get a real idea of whether or not you have a compensable case. Getting hurt on the job is a possibility whether you’re working in construction or at the office. By representing yourself you are possibly denying yourself all the money and care you are entitled to. To have a general idea of your workers comp rights is usually not enough. Workers compensation is there to do just that, compensate you. Take full advantage by hiring an expert who understands the best course of action and all the options available to you.

McMahan Law Firm, the “Go To Guys” can help with your workers compensation case. Give us a call today.

VOCATIONAL EXPERT TESTIMONY

At the end of a Social Security Disability Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) hearing, the ALJ typically poses a series of hypothetical questions to a vocational expert (who can appear at the hearing in-person or by telephone) to determine whether or not there are any jobs available to the Claimant based on the alleged impairments. However, and significantly, in order for the testimony of a vocational expert “to constitute substantial evidence, the ALJ must pose a hypothetical question which comprises all of the Claimant’s impairments. Wilson v. Barnhart, 284 F.3d 1219, 1227 (11th Cir. 2002); see also, Jones v. Apfel, 190 F.3d 1224, 1229 (11th Cir. 1999).

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TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Unfortunately, it has become one of the main causes ofcar accidents in the United States. Based on a 2014 report by Distraction.gov, approximately 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers. 53% of all adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted driving incident.

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