Just because you have a viable accident claim doesn't mean a particular accident injury lawyer will automatically take your case. As important as it is to do your homework in selecting an attorney, that attorney will closely analyze whether you'll make a good fit for the firm.
Projecting a Positive Attitude
A good personal injury attorney makes client satisfaction a top priority. However, some people are difficult to satisfy no matter what. At an initial meeting, if a potential client has nothing positive to say about anything, this could expose a problem. An example might be if the attorney comments how fortunate it was that the client's children weren't hurt in the accident. If the client responds with something to the effect of "Never mind the children, what about me?" this could be a good signal to the lawyer that this person will never be satisfied no matter what the lawyer does and would therefore not make a good client.
An Entitlement Philosophy
It's understandable to feel you're entitled to compensation if you believe you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own. However, juries tend not to award money to accident victims they don't like. If a claimant blames everyone else for their problems and acts "put upon" by having to come to court, this could spell trouble for a potential verdict.
Taking Responsibility for Your Actions
Similar to the "entitlement" mentality described above is the client who refuses to be honest about their own actions. As a personal injury attorney can explain, legal fault for an accident depends on a variety of factors. If the accident victim did anything to contribute to his or her own injuries, this can limit the amount of recovery they may receive. For example, suppose a pedestrian is struck by a car while texting and jaywalking. As far as the court or a claims adjuster is concerned, this may put some of the legal responsibility for the accident squarely on the injured person's shoulders. If a client refuses to accept this and sticks with the old "pedestrians always have the right of way" myth, he may not make a good client.
Lawyers Are People Too
Another red flag an attorney may have when interviewing potential clients is one who constantly questions the attorney's integrity. Most attorneys will not put up with this type of behavior for long.
While no accident injury lawyer can guarantee a particular result when they agree to take on a case, the first step is finding an experienced attorney with a proven track record.
How An Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Chooses Clients
Just because you have a viable accident claim doesn't mean a particular Atlanta accident injury lawyer will automatically take your case. That attorney will closely analyze whether you'll make a good fit for the firm.
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