You could get knocked off your bike by a wayward motorist while riding on the side of the road. A neighbor’s dog breaks free and takes a sizeable bite out of your leg. A defective appliance explodes and leaves you with cuts, burns, and other injuries. A driver makes a left turn directly in front of you, resulting in major damage to your car and major injuries to your body. You can be injured any number of ways by another person or a company. Without warning, your life can take unexpected twists and turns that can upset your life in many ways.

When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you have the right to be compensated for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related impacts.

Deciding on which attorney you want to represent you is the first and most critical step in attempting to recover damages and repair your life. But the big question facing you is which attorney is right for your needs?

Some things you should consider

Finding the right attorney requires a certain amount of work, but here are some things to consider to help you narrow your search:

Experience. Your case is too important to put it in the hands of an attorney fresh out of law school who has just recently passed the bar exam. You want an attorney with many years of experience. Ideally, that experience should closely match the type of personal injury case you are involved with. For example, if you were injured while riding a bike, you will want an attorney experienced in bicycle accident cases. The same holds true for slip and fall cases, auto accidents, motorcycle, or construction site accidents, and so forth.

Excellent negotiation skills. Most personal injury cases are settled long before they go to trial. You must have an attorney who knows how to structure an agreement that gets you the highest amount possible for your situation.

A great communicator. A good personal injury lawyer is one who not only knows the law, but also knows how to ease a client’s concerns by maintaining a steady flow of information by answering questions clearly and in a timely manner. An attorney and a client are part of the same team and may have that relationship for many months or years, so communication is a critical part of the process.

The Law Offices of Donald D. Hiney serves clients in San Diego, Chula Vista and surrounding San Diego communities.