Why You Should Hire a Local Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case
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Why You Should Hire a Local Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case

by | Dec 15, 2020 | Firm News

I have begun my 40th year of practicing law in Hyde Park, Vermont. For the first 29 years I was at 111 Main Street. In 2010 I moved next door to 125 Main Street.

Here are the reasons why I think you should hire a local Vermont attorney for your personal injury case:

First of all please note that the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey reported that there were 29.4 million emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in 2017. Leading causes include auto accidents, falls, poisoning, and electrocution.

With the exorbitant price of treatment, victims are seldom able to pay out of their pocket. For instance, consider the average lifetime cost of paraplegia, which is part of the 17,810 new spinal cord injuries that occur each year. Statista estimates that for a 25-year-old patient, the total outlay can enter the $5 million range. It is important to find out if there is any insurance available to pay the bills.

Hopefully, your situation is far less dire. In any event, hiring the right legal expertise is vital to ensuring that you receive a fair settlement. Here are some tips for finding the best personal injury lawyer.

Prioritize Experience

Today, the practice of law is highly specialized. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) suggests that only 4% to 5% of personal injury cases go to trial and figure is probably less than one percent in Vermont. And in the COVID era it could be five years or more before a case goes to trial so it is no longer a viable option.

Please call me today to find out how you can settle your personal injury case without going to trial.

There are several reasons why it’s important to choose an attorney that practices locally. I know the court clerks, judges, and other people that could be involved in your case. This can makes m more persuasive in negotiations. Additional reasons include:

Familiarity with unique court practice rules
Perceptible community reputation
Accessible face-to-face meetings when COVID goes away
Opportunity to visit the premises or accident site

The most frequently cited lawyer ethics violation is poor communication. I strive to communicate with my clients as often as necessary.

Remember to visit my website as well. I try and provide useful information at my site.

Know the Fees
Personal injury cases are typically billed on a contingency basis. This means that the attorney is only paid when the case is settled. I represent people ona one third contingent fee basis.

I try and maintain an open and transparent line of communication.

I work hard at being organized and moving cases toward as quickly as circumstance. Please call me today at [nap_phone id=”LOCAL-REGULAR-NUMBER-1″] for a free consultation.