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Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

October 16th, 2012

Your personal injury deserves the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer who has a successful record in getting the best compensation settlements from insurance companies. You can ask friends for recommendations or post requests for advice on their Facebook walls, but the final decision on who you want to represent you is your responsibility. To select the one who seems to have the qualities that you prefer, you have to ask some direct questions regarding the terms of service, the fees and other things that you need to know.

Question One: Ask for a Case Evaluation
Ask for an honest assessment of your case with regard to its strengths and its weaknesses. You have your own assessment of what caused your injury and who was responsible for it. In your initial consultation, you can make a judgment about how determined your potential attorney is to win your case. If your judgment does not match your expectations, say thank you and make a graceful exit. Initial consultations are exploratory discussions that inform both of you, and there is usually no fee.

Question Two: Ask What You Need to Do
If you are satisfied with your initial impression, ask about the kinds of documentation that you need to provide to support your case. Some items that are likely to have significance are your medical bills and insurance paperwork. The names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened to you are usually important. Ask for a list of the items that you are responsible for providing and admit that you may not have all of them. There is almost nothing that is more damaging to your case than not telling an attorney the truth.

Question Three: Ask for Financial Information
Find out if your attorney expects you to pay for legal representation if you do not win your case. Many attorneys accept cases that have a strong likelihood of producing a settlement, a portion of which pays for the legal services that you receive. Ask directly about how much you are obligated to pay whether you win or lose. Do not leave the office until you fully understand the financial arrangements. Your legal bill starts as soon as your attorney does any work on your behalf.

Question Four: Ask for Case Experience Information
Your attorney may reach a settlement with an insurance company without difficulty or delay, but there is a possibility that it may require a court trial. Ask about other cases that went to trial and the outcome that was reached. Many attorneys, including personal injury attorneys, have not had the experience of taking a case to trial. You need one that is experienced in all areas of the law.

Question Five: Ask for a Plan
Make sure that your expectations for a final settlement match those of your attorney. Some attorneys accept the first offer made by an insurance company, and others hold out for the largest offer possible. The choice is entirely up to you.

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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 and 2010-2015 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 - 2015.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after large pharmacy chains to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

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