Are you trying to figure out how to pick the best injury attorney in Mission Viejo after being injured in a car accident or while riding a motorcycle? How do you know which attorneys actually have the genuine skill and proven track record to handle your case? What should you be looking for and and what do you need to know?
The first thing is simple: see a doctor within 24 to 48 hours of your accident. If you don’t see a physician for a thorough examination you will not be able to submit what would otherwise be a valid personal injury claim down the road.
It is also important to understand there is only one opportunity to settle your case. You don’t get reimbursed as things progress. There will be one check paid to you and it must compensate you for all of your past, present and future medical bills, medications, physical therapy and other health services. This payment should also reflect any wages you’ve lost from missing work as well as just compensation for having to endure the injury itself and the discomfort and interruption of life associated with your recovery.
As for what makes an injury attorney the best in their field, there are definitely measurable things to look for. The first question to ask is “how many cases have you taken to a successful jury verdict?” Insurance companies know how to pick the best injury attorney in Mission Viejo. They know an injury attorney with a proven track record at trial puts their insurance company in the highest position of risk available. This results in much higher settlements, and if they try to offer you less than what you deserve they know we can and will put their case before a jury and they will lose.
When attorneys settle their cases (and advertise how fast they get their client’s payment) this really tells you to keep looking. Insurance companies also keep a bio on every single injury attorney. They know which attorneys have the skill and track record of going to court when necessary and which attorneys are easier marks who accept lower settlements than necessary to settle a case quickly.
The next genuine thing to look for when you’re trying to pick the best injury attorney in Mission Viejo is real awards from the legal industry. The most prestigious awards you can win as a personal injury attorney are:
- Selection as a Super Lawyer – This exclusive award represents the top 5% of all attorneys nationwide
- Invitation to Join the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
- Invitation to Join the American Board of Trial Advocates or ABOTA
- AV Rating by Martindale Hubbel – Preeminent 5 out 5 rating shows ” One’s level of legal ability is considered to be “very high to preeminent.” The AV rating “signifies that your legal abilities are of the very highest standard and that your professional ethics are unquestioned.” This is awarded by the largest national recognized legal organization in the country.
Avvo is one of the best known ratings source for attorneys. Look for an attorney with a “10 out of 10” rating with Avvo which requires dozens of reviews by genuine clients as well as verified recommendations from other attorneys.
We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 for a free and thorough consultation. There is no cost for our service out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.