How to Hire the Best Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case
If you have been injured by the fault of another person in Sacramento, hiring a qualified Sacramento personal injury lawyer is essential. An experienced attorney can investigate your accident, build your case, and negotiate to obtain a fair compensation award on your behalf. Read on to learn how to hire the right Sacramento injury attorney for your case.
If you’re here because you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, it is important to know what to look for and what to avoid when considering prospective Sacramento personal injury lawyers to handle your case.
Consider the following, and if you have more questions or are ready to schedule a free personal injury case consultation, contact GJEL Accident Attorneys today.
2410 Fair Oaks Blvd # 125
Sacramento, CA 95825
Beware of Hiring an Inexperienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento
One of the most important things that you should be aware of after suffering a personal injury and seeking legal counsel is that hiring an inexperienced personal injury lawyer in Sacramento will likely not serve your interests well, and could even harm your case.
To be sure, an attorney who has not spent many hours investigating accidents, filing appropriate motions, drafting spoliation letters, demanding settlements, negotiating with insurance adjusters, and litigating in court may fumble over your case. Surely, while practice leads to improvement over time, you do not want your case to be one of the first for a new personal injury lawyer.
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How to Tell Experience from Inexperience
Keeping the above in mind, it could be difficult to differentiate experience from inexperience. One of the best ways to determine if the lawyer you are considering has what it takes to competently represent you is simply to ask. Questions that can help you determine a lawyer’s level of experience include:
- How long have you been practicing personal injury law?
- How many cases like mine have you handled in the past?
- How many times have you gone to court?
- What is your record of case success?
- Can you tell me about some of your most notable settlements?
If the personal injury lawyer is unable to provide you with detailed responses to the questions above, it may be within your best interests to find someone else.
Make Sure the Sacramento Lawyer You Hire Has Experience with Your Type of Injury Case
Not only do you want to make sure that the personal injury lawyer that you hire is experienced, but specifically that they are experienced practicing law that is relevant to your type of injury case. In other words, you do not want to hire an attorney whose focus is dog bite law when you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, just as you do not want to hire an attorney whose cornerstone of legal history is centered on car accident law when you have suffered a slip and fall.
At the law offices of GJEL Accident Attorneys, we are experienced in a broad range of practice areas, and have years’ worth of practical knowledge and exposure to auto accident claims, bicycle accident claims, wrongful death cases, pedestrian accident claims, truck and commercial vehicle claims, brain injury cases, and much more.
When it Comes to Your Injury Lawyer, Quality Is More Important than Location
Another mistake that many people seeking legal services after suffering a personal injury make is hiring an attorney by virtue of their location alone, assuming that an attorney near them is the most convenient, and therefore the best choice. However, this is not always the case; always, quality of an attorney is more important than location.
You should always search for an attorney who is experienced in the area of law that your injury falls into, that has a history of case success, that has been practicing for years, that works on a contingency fee basis, that has not had any actions taken against them by the State Bar of California, and that is willing to go above and beyond to get you the settlement that you deserve.
In fact, good lawyers will travel to your location when necessary, which may be the case if you are in the hospital recovering, or if your injuries prevent you from being able to travel.
Hiring an Attorney Who Works on a Contingency Fee Basis Is Key
Do not make the mistake of hiring a Sacramento personal injury attorney who insists on a retainer fee, or who tells you that their services will be billed hourly. This could be the sign of an attorney who is more interested in making a profit off of your case than in actually getting you a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries. Instead, you should always hire an attorney who works on a contingency fee basis.
A contingent fee means that the attorney’s fee (the amount of money you will owe the attorney at the conclusion of your case) is based on two things: whether or not the attorney is able to recover a settlement on your behalf, and how much that settlement is. If an attorney is unable to secure a settlement offer, you will not owe the attorney a cent for their services.
Types of Cases GJEL Handles
GJEL Accident Attorneys handles a wide variety of personal injury cases. We have experience in almost every are from truck accidents to dog bites and have successfully recovered over $950 Million Dollars for our clients. Here are a few of the practice areas we have the most experience in.
Wrongful Death Lawyers
GJEL has recovered millions of dollars for clients with a wrongful death claim. When a loved one is killed due to the negligence of someone else you may not know where to turn. Losing a loved one is the most traumatic experience you will experience in your life and knowing where to turn after such a tragedy is important.
Wrongful death cases can be complex and many times insurance companies work hard to limit the amount they have to pay out after a loved one dies. GJEL has experience holding wrongdoers accountable and making them pay for their negligence. You can never replace a lost family member and when that family member was the breadwinner for the family it adds an extra burden.
Car Accident Lawyers
The most common accident in Sacramento is car accidents. They happen every day throughout the city and in many cases, victims are seriously injured. Car accidents can also be fatal and in 2016 Sacramento saw the highest number of fatal car crashes they have seen since 2005. If you were in a car accident and it was not your fault and you were seriously injured, you should contact a personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Just like car accidents, motorcycle accidents are common throughout Sacramento, California. With the great weather year around it’s tempting to get on your bike and take a ride to enjoy the weather. Unfortunately, sometimes there are distracted drivers or drivers that don’t see motorcycles on the roads as well.
Motorcycle injury cases are complex due to the nature of who is at fault and the severity of injuries which are common after a crash. Many times people involved in a serious motorcycle crash experience severe injuries including broken bones, brain injuries, and more.
GJEL has recovered millions of dollars for clients injured or killed in motorcycle accidents.
Uber Accident Lawyer
The amount of Uber, Lyft and ridesharing accidents over the past few years has spiked due to the increase in number of drivers on the road. When you hire a ridesharing service to give you a ride you expect to be able to get to your destination safetly. If your driver gets in an accident you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Our Sacramento Personal Injury Law Office Today
Suffering an injury at the hands of another party is a scary experience, and if you are in the process of recovering from harm you have incurred, you may have a lot of questions about what happens next and what your options are. At the offices of GJEL Accident Attorneys, we understand what you’re going through, and want to ensure you that we are here to work for you.
If you are injured, please contact our law offices today by phone, or by sending us a short message through our website, to request your free case consultation and begin the claims process.