When an individual suffers physical injury, should he
or she see a lawyer?
The period after an injury or unexpected death is difficult
for decision making. Health and immediate income needs are
probably top priorities.
But a timely legal consultation is rarely a waste of effort.
- An injured person may not know all the parties or circumstances
that contributed to the injury. Professional investigation
- The responsibility of other parties, including insurance
companies, may not be clear-cut. Legal representation clarifies
responsibility and insures that no source of compensation
- Waiting too long after an injury to explore options makes
pursuing a case more difficult.
A personal injury case usually begins with providing notice
of a legal claim against a negligent party’s insurance
carrier. It does not necessarily lead to a lawsuit. A negotiated
settlement is frequently possible and desirable.
But the process can quickly grow complex. The other parties
will invariably have their own experienced attorneys. When
deciding to retain an attorney to help on a personal injury
matter, it is important to know:
- Who will work on the case. Some law firms parcel work
out to less experienced people. At Jones Law, senior partners
- Whether the attorney has relevant experience. Jones Law practices general personal injury law, and particularly
emphasizes accidents and injuries involving vehicles, bicycles,
or to pedestrians, injuries to fishermen, seamen, processors
and other maritime cases, construction site accidents, injuries
to law enforcement officers and firefighters, and claims
involving wrongful death.
- Whether the attorney has strong trial experience if a
satisfactory settlement cannot be negotiated.
- What additional professional resources the attorney can
summon. No attorney is expert in everything. Investigators,
researchers and subject matter specialists play key roles
in good legal representation.
- What record of success the attorney can show in similar
Injured parties often assume they must pay from the start
for legal help. This sometimes discourages them from exploring
their options. In fact, initial consultations are free. Jones
Law, like most personal injury law firms, works on
a "contingent fee" basis. If there is no recovery,
there is no fee for legal services. If there is an award or
settlement, the firm receives a percentage. Costs are additional.
Jones Law strives to put its experience, credentials
and legal counsel in reach of all who seek and need it. Beyond
the legalese, Charles is concerned with repairing
and improving their clients’ lives. It is easy to contact