Choosing the right Hawaii personal injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions a client will make when seeking compensation for injuries.
If you are searching for a personal injury lawyer in Hawaii, there are certain factors you should look for to make sure that you choose the personal injury lawyer that is right for you:
Select an attorney that is experienced with personal injury cases. By choosing a lawyer that is experienced in personal injury claims, you can be sure that he or she they will know how to handle your case. Not all attorneys are familiar with the nuances associated with civil litigation and personal injuries.
Select a lawyer with an effective track record. Make sure your attorney is capable of taking your case to trial. Not all personal injury attorneys are trial attorneys. I believe that the best way to obtain compensation for your injuries is to prepare your case for trial. If the defense attorney does not respect your counsel (and understand that you are ready and willing to go to trial), they will likely not negotiate in good faith.
Your personal injury lawyer should have many years of experience handling a wide variety of cases.
Select a personal injury lawyer that is in good standing with the Hawaii bar. You can visit the Hawaii State Bar Association (www.hsba.org) to confirm that the attorney you are considering is in good standing.
Make sure your attorney has malpractice insurance. It is your right to know whether your attorney has adequate malpractice insurance. If you ask your potential attorney whether he has this insurance, and he refuses to respond, simply hire another attorney.
Make sure that your personal injury attorney will take control of your compensation requests. Accident victims need time to heal. They should not be distracted by the “red tape” generated by the medical insurance industry. Your personal injury attorney should be ready and willing to assist you with these issues or you should hire a different attorney.
Finally, you should trust your attorney. The attorney client relationship is the same as any other personal relationship in the sense that there must be complete candor if it is to succeed. Tell your attorney what you are seeking and ask him or her if that is a realistic goal. And be skeptical of attorneys who are willing to promise you extraordinary results in your first meeting. Ask tough questions and listen to the responses. If your potential attorney is the right person for the job, he or she should certainly be able to respond clearly and honestly to your questions.