Never Trust an Inexperienced Attorney
Never trust an inexperienced attorney. Doing so can cost you a lot of time, money, and reduce your chances of successfully winning your case. When you need a personal injury lawyer, you want to be represented by the best, most experienced attorney you can find. It is not a sound strategy to hire someone who will learn this area of the law using your time. It is best to hire counsel for your injury case who has successfully handled hundreds if not thousands of similar cases. A personal injury claim can be one of the most valuable assets you may ever have.
Inexperienced Attorneys Cost You Time and Money
Hiring an inexperienced lawyer can result in your case taking much longer to settle or go to trial. Then, when it does settle or get tried, the monetary award can be much lower than the results realized with an experienced lawyer. A big mistake made by inexperienced lawyers is to incur expenses that are unnecessary to proving your case. These unnecessary expenses are costs that you may not have needed to spend and must be paid out of any recovery you get. The greater the costs, the smaller your net recovery.
Generally speaking, lawyers take cases on a contingent fee basis. That means they charge no fee unless there is a recovery. That gives people of limited means the same chance to be represented by an experienced lawyer as a multi-billion dollar insurance company. Additionally, reputable lawyers advance all costs necessary in prosecuting cases and get reimbursed after recovery is made. The client should not have to pay the costs upfront. Costs generally include those needed in obtaining copies of medical records, Police reports, filing certain legal papers on insurance companies, procuring statements from witnesses, hiring experts necessary to proving the case, and filing lawsuit papers. Some attorneys, however, charge for making copies of documents in the lawyer’s office or for routine postage. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we never charge our clients for these everyday expenses. To us, these are simply costs of doing business, and we do not believe it is appropriate to charge our clients for that.
How Can Experienced Attorneys Help?
In some cases, medical records alone are sufficient to prove the full nature and extent of the injuries sustained by a client. In others, it is necessary to file a lawsuit, take statements from witnesses and medical providers, and even hire expert witnesses to review matters involved in the case and testify based on their expertise. This can cost thousands of dollars or more, all of which must be paid back to the law firm from any recovery obtained. It takes a skillful, experienced lawyer to know when it is necessary to incur those costs and when it is not. We pride ourselves on knowing what to do.
Our experience matters to our clients because, at the end of the case, you pay those expenses from your recovery. If those charges did not add value to your case, what good did it do to incur them? An inexperienced lawyer may incur them simply because they may not know any better. But remember – the higher your costs are – the less your net monetary compensation will be.
At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we have personally seen cases where an inexperienced lawyer has spent thousands of dollars needlessly. One case, in particular, a newer attorney we knew had a case nearly identical to one we’d prosecuted. Our firm not only received a larger settlement than the less experienced attorney but also charged fewer expenses. The other lawyer did not know when it was necessary to invest money in meeting with doctors and getting reports, so he needlessly spent money which came out of his client’s net award. Additionally, all the time spent meeting with doctors and getting reports meant the case took a lot longer to settle than it should have. Personal injury cases can take a long time to prosecute successfully under the best of circumstances; there is no need to make it take longer due to inexperience.
What Is Our Experience?
Our firm has been serving the Rockford area since 1998. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, the thousands of cases we have prosecuted have taught us when to spend money on the client’s behalf and when it is unnecessary. Furthermore, we know when to take the time to meet with medical providers and when it is not necessary because it won’t add value to the client’s case.
In conclusion, never trust an inexperienced attorney with one of the most valuable assets you may ever have, your injury case. MacCloskey Kesler and Associates has successfully handled all manner of personal injury claims for over twenty years. Our settlements and verdicts speak for themselves. We believe we will get you full and fair compensation for the nature and extent of your injuries. We pride ourselves in handling your case quickly and efficiently. We will never spend your money foolishly. If you’ve been seriously injured, put our experience to work for you by setting up a free consultation today. Another resource to find a lawyer can be found at this link.