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Choosing an Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an auto accident that was someone else's fault, hiring an auto accident attorney is one of the
most important things you can do to protect your rights.
MIAMI, FL, November 22, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you have been injured in an auto accident that was someone
else's fault, hiring an auto accident attorney is one of the most important things you can do to protect your rights. Insurance
companies are notorious for finding ways to either minimize your payout, or deny your injury claim entirely.
With an attorney on your side, many insurance companies will take your claim more seriously from the start. Injured auto
accident victims often obtain double, if not triple the amount of compensation they receive just because they hired an
However, not all auto accident attorneys are equally capable of handling your claim with success. When you are
researching auto accident lawyers in your area, you should evaluate their experience, past verdicts and settlements, focus
areas, and other factors to determine whether or not they are the right attorney for you.
A Focus on Personal Injury Law
Many law firms accept cases in a wide range of practice areas. This is not necessarily a good thing. When an attorney
spreads out their resources, it means they may have less time and attention to devote to smaller auto accident cases. A lack
of focus might also indicate that an attorney is not as knowledgeable about the specific auto accident laws that apply in your
Choose an attorney who is focused on personal injury law. Usually, the attorney's website will indicate this by having
informational pages on the types of cases they handle the most. If it is a larger law firm with several attorneys in-house, they
may have specific attorneys who focus on auto accidents.
Schedule a Personal Consultation
The best way to decide on an auto accident lawyer is to schedule a personal consultation (also called a "case
evaluation"). Trustworthy car accident attorneys will offer these consultations for free. During your meeting with the
attorney, ask several different questions to get a better idea about their skill set, such as:
- How many cases like mine do you handle on average?
- In your opinion, do I have a claim worth pursuing?
- What factors in my case do you see that may work for me, and which may work against me?
- What bar associations and other professional legal/community organizations do you belong to?
- Do you have client testimonials I can look at?
The attorney's answers to these questions should go a long way toward helping you make a decision. If they give you
straightforward, honest, and confident answers that put you at ease, they are more likely to provide you with strong
representation. If they are evasive or vague in answering your questions - or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable - look
For more information about auto accident lawyers in the Miami, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale areas of Florida,
please visit the website of the experienced auto accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida at