“DO YOUR RESEARCH”
(Jul. 22, 2019) — Before you hire a spinal cord injury attorney make sure you do some research. Keep reading for how to choose a spinal cord injury attorney.
Research shows that there are currently between 249,000 and 363,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, with another 17,730 new cases added every year.
Are you one of these sufferers?
If so, you may be entitled to reimbursement to help cover the costs of your short-term and long-term medical care. A spinal cord injury attorney can help you fight for your rights to lighten the financial burden.
Today, we’re sharing how to find the best legal representation for your needs. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!
This isn’t a time when any personal injury attorney will do. You want to team with a lawyer experienced and well-versed in working with spinal cord injury patients.
Why? This representative will understand the special medical procedures, treatment timelines, and physical anguish you’re experiencing, along with emotional distress. As such, he or she can help paint a clearer picture of what your actual expenses will be, helping you win as much as possible on your day in court.
Ask any lawyer you interview the following questions:
- Have you worked on a spinal cord injury case in the past?
- How many similar cases have you worked on and what is your track record?
- Have you published any lectures or papers on spinal cord injuries?
Ensure Board Certification
Once you’ve found a lawyer who specializes in your injury type, require that he or she be board-certified. Though this is a voluntary step, it can make all the difference in your outcome.
Seek one that is certified by the Supreme Court or the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This means that the lawyer has at least five years of practicing experience and has specialized in one particular area for at least three years. He or she has also passed a stringent evaluation by peers and superiors, along with a six-hour written examination.
Finally, ask how hands-on your lawyer will be. Will he or she handle your case directly or will you work with someone else on the team during the preliminary process?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer here, but make sure whoever you work with makes you feel comfortable, secure and understood. You should always feel safe opening up to your lawyer about the details of your injury and the suffering it has caused you.
If, during the initial interview, you feel as though the lawyer isn’t listening or is insensitive to your case, that’s a clear sign to keep looking.
Find a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
When you’re facing a spinal cord injury, the last thing you want to deal with is an inexperienced and unqualified lawyer. You should focus on getting better, confident that your legal team is working the details out in your favor.
This is where a reputable spinal cord injury attorney comes in. Do your research, take your time and vet your options to find one that you can trust.
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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.