What is a Plaintiff’s Lawyer, and How Do I Find a Good One?

Nov 4, 2020 | Legal Topics

Plaintiff’s lawyers specialize in pursuing just compensation for accident victims through legal remedy. Once an individual files suit for their injuries, they become the plaintiff–the party who initiates a lawsuit before the court. Hiring an attorney out of their own pocket is often an unrealistic option for accident victims who are already facing mounting medical bills and loss of income.

A trustworthy plaintiff’s lawyer will not charge any upfront fees for their services. Instead, they operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless they win their client’s case. This arrangement allows better access to the compensation available through the court system for individuals who, without an attorney, would find it almost impossible to obtain justice for serious injuries.

When you partner with the plaintiff’s lawyers at Williams Hart & Boundas, you get much more than strong representation in court. With more than 35 years of experience, we provide honest legal guidance and solid negotiation skills. So, we often obtain favorable out-of-court settlements. That way, accident victims obtain compensation faster and they have more control over the outcome.

Who Do Plaintiff’s Lawyers Represent?

As mentioned, plaintiff’s lawyers typically represent accident victims. While there are many different types of accidents which often cause serious or fatal injuries, our attorneys specialize in the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Explosions and fires
  • Oilfield accidents
  • Toxic exposure
  • Defective drugs
  • Aviation accidents

Identifying a Good Attorney

Choosing the best personal injury lawyer for your case is essential to obtaining compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. Area of expertise is usually the first consideration. If you were hurt in an accident, your first priority should be focusing on recovery. But in order to do so, it’s important to find an attorney who specializes in your specific case. The more experienced your representative is with personal injury law, the better chances you have of receiving justice without the additional stress of complicated legal proceedings.

Next, look for a track record of success. When choosing a doctor, this step might involve some research. But at Williams Hart & Boundas, our results speak for themselves.

Finally, bedside manner is important. A good attorney will listen to their client to determine the facts of the matter as well as the client’s needs and goals. Then, attorneys should clearly lay out all legal options and maintain consistent communication.

What to Look For at Your First Appointment

Research, mostly via friend and family experiences or online reviews, only goes so far. Until you meet with a Houston personal injury attorney face to face, it’s impossible to make a good judgement. But judge quickly, because your time is valuable.

Pre-appointment procedure is often telling. If the lawyer could meet with you immediately, that’s normally a bad sign. If the attorney had few clients, there’s probably a reason. On the other end of the scale, if the waiting room is crammed with people, that’s usually a bad sign too. Busy attorneys often assign most of their work to junior associates or paralegals.

Next, evaluate the lawyer’s preparation. Was the attorney familiar with the basic information you gave the receptionist? Or did you start over from square one? Poor preparation in one area often indicates poor preparation in other areas.

Finally, you must have a certain comfort level with your attorney. The best attorney-client relationships are partnerships. If the partnership is strained from the outset, that often affects the results. That connection is arguably the most important quality in an attorney. It’s there or it is not there.

A good relationship with a plaintiff’s lawyer is often the key to a successful outcome. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Houston, contact Williams Hart & Boundas today.

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