If you are in need of an accident attorney, this is probably a very stressful time in your life. If you have been in a car, motorcycle, or industrial accident, or if you have been injured due to another's negligence, you may be in pain or severe discomfort. You may be unable to work. You may find that the normal patterns of your daily life have been disrupted; even your ability to care for your children may have been hampered by your accident.
During a stressful time like this, it's important to hire a Hawaii accident attorney you can trust. Your attorney should be accessible and easy to talk to; ethical and well regarded; experienced and able. Of course, this may be your first time hiring an accident attorney, and you may have little to no experience working with attorneys in any capacity. To help guide your search for a qualified Hawaii attorney, we have provided a few simple suggestions below.
Finding the Right Accident Lawyer
First, avoid those attorneys who promise you money up front. If your case seems promising, some Hawaii attorneys might even offer you money for the opportunity to take your case. Avoid such an attorney at all costs. To offer a potential client money is completely unethical. Not only should a Hawaii attorney be disbarred for such conduct, it certainly demonstrates that such attorneys are not trustworthy. Remember a simple rule: if an attorney is willing to be unethical at the beginning of your relationship, expect him to be unethical throughout your relationship.
Also, beware of those accident attorneys who start promising that they will get you large settlements even before they've heard all the facts of your case. If an attorney promises that he can win you a certain amount of money within minutes of hearing your story, he's a poor attorney, indeed. It usually takes weeks or sometimes months reviewing documents, witness statements and legal research before even the best attorneys can tell you how much your case is worth. And if an attorney tells you how much you will win in your first meeting, then that attorney is likely "blowing smoke"--plain and simple.
Good Qualities in an Accident Lawyer
Take your time before you select your attorney. What should you look for? Look for a lawyer with years of experience and a winning track record. Look for an attorney with trial experience. And even if you don't want to go to court, find a Hawaii attorney who will aggressively fight for you.
Although you may not want to go to trial, your attorney should be ready, willing and able to litigate if your case does. And remember, the best way to settle your case is to make your opponent understand that you have the ability and willingness to beat them at trial.
To find out if Hawaii accident attorney Philip R. Brown can fulfill your legal needs, please call (808) 523-5900 or contact our law office in Honolulu online for a free case review.