How Do I Know My Accident Attorney is Competent?
Question: How Do I Know My Accident Attorney is Competent?
Personal injury law is a specialty and you should look for an accident attorney who has documented skill and experience in this particular area of the law. Just as you would not want a kidney specialist to perform your cataract surgery, you would not want a patent attorney handling your personal injury case. Beyond that, within the specialty of personal injury, not all lawyers are the same. While many lawyers tout “peer recognition” as a badge of achievement, the reality is that many of these accolades are brokered by for-profit companies who use various ways of monetizing and even manipulating those designations. On the other hand, there are organizations that administer a Board Certification process similar to that in the medical profession, involving rigorous documentation of experience litigating and trying cases, demonstration of skill in the courtroom, demonstration of expertise in legal writing, recommendations by judges who know the lawyer’s work, an arduous (often day-long) written examination, and background checks into both ethics and malpractice history. Obviously, there are relatively few board-certified civil trial specialists around but they are worth seeking out. Powell Bredice & Stern offers Board Certified representation.