One of the common misconceptions surrounding lawyers is that it doesn’t matter what type of lawyer you get. An attorney is an attorney in the eyes of many. However, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, attorneys are varied, and the problems they can help you with differ according to their expertise. If you want to ensure that you are getting the best advice and help for your specific problem, you need to find an attorney that is experienced.
Different Situations Call for Different Solutions
Every legal situation is unique, however, many legal issues can be grouped together. Personal injury, taxes, criminal defense, workers’ compensation, DUI, and other situations are somewhat similar, and similar legal tactics work for them.
When you choose a lawyer, it makes sense to pick someone who is well-versed in a particular set of problems. If something is wrong with your foot, you don’t go to a heart specialist — you see a podiatrist. In much the same way, if you are having issues related to a personal injury, you don’t hire a lawyer who focuses on immigration.
Think about your legal problem, and then look for a lawyer that has experience in that particular field.
Why an Experienced Lawyer Makes Sense
There are many branches of law. As a result, it’s impossible for any single attorney to display expertise in all these branches. A criminal defense lawyer just doesn’t have the time to become an expert in personal injury or worker’s compensation.
Each branch of the law has its own quirks, precedents, and procedures. The way you file paperwork for a tax law problem is different from the way you take care of your personal injury needs. The right lawyer has the specialized knowledge to help with your particular case.
A good lawyer that concentrates in a specific area, not only knows what to do and when to do it, but he or she also knows the people you need to be in touch with. A specialized attorney has already met many of the officials that will likely be part of handling your case. This can be a big help when it comes to maneuvering so that you can see a sympathetic judge, or even just ensuring that everything is turned in on time, and with the requisite documentation.
When you are injured, a lawyer that knows the ins and outs of personal injury can be a valuable resource. He or she knows what types of damages you are likely to get, and can advise you about whether you should take a settlement or risk a court proceeding. Since a personal injury attorney has years of experience in this area, he or she generally has a “feel” for what is going on, and how to ensure that you get the help that you deserve, even if it means going head to head with an insurance company.
The same is true of a workers’ compensation lawyer. A lawyer with experience in this area understands the maze associated with filing for benefits, as well as what needs to happen in order to ensure that you get the benefits you deserve. Workers’ compensation can be complicated, especially if there is a delay in payout.
Insurance companies and others know that you are serious when you hire an attorney. They understand that you will do what it takes to get justice. And, if the lawyer is an experienced lawyer, insurance companies know that it will be very difficult to pull one over on you.
Before you move forward with any claim, make sure that you have an experienced lawyer who can help you with your case. At Ingerman & Horwitz, LLP, we pride ourselves in being experts in our field. If we feel that we can’t help, we’ll refer you to one of our legal partners who can- with no hesitation or obligation to you.