This flashing television or billboard announcement on many lawyer ads in the media may be accurate but is often incorrect as to the value of the case, necessary legal ability and collectability of the claimed sum of recovery.
This bells and whistles form of advertising in primarily personal injury (PI) solicitations does not tell the viewer that any settlement received in a PI case is based on three primary factors: (this is elementary even on the Board Certification test claimed by some advertisers as making them super qualified to handle your case)
1. Causation—Who or what caused the accident and what is the percentage of fault attributed to either the plaintiff of defendant? (this simply means whether only one party (P or D) or both caused the unfortunate event and injury)
2. Injuries—A wrongful death case obviously is worth more than a broken toe.
3. Collectability—A tractor trailer company with a minimum federally required liability policy of $750,000 to $1,000,000 is a better target for a big recovery than a state imposed minimum of $25,000-$50,000.
These are the three basic principles of recovery in personal injury law. Throw in the actual (trial) record of the attorneys, willingness to spend investigation funds and totally prepare the cases, and reputation of the law firm or lawyer are just a few other factors to be carefully considered before selecting a lawyer.
To paraphrase the late Social Security lawyer, Dale Buchanan—“After all isn’t it your money!”
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!
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