One need only drive down a major strip of highway in Pinellas or Hillsborough County to see that the area is overrun with personal injury attorneys. Most of these advertisements promise “aggressive” reputation and advocacy or imply that they will fight for your case all the way to the Court room. Some of these assertions by certain firms are in fact true. There are many good law firms in the area, some of which do advertise in some way. The question is how do you, the consumer (because in essence that is what you are, a customer that is having a service provided to you at a cost), differentiate between the attorneys and firms that will aggressively represent you. It may require some homework to determine if a firm will take your case to trial if need be or if they will convince you to accept a low settlement offer in order to clear your case off of their desk and to meet monthly settlement quotas.
These later type of firm (commonly referred to as “settlement mills” in the industry) position themselves in the minds of the public as aggressive advocates that will pursue results by flooding the market with billboard, radio, and television advertisements indicating the same. But the truth is, until you are represented by a firm, there are very few methods by which you can judge the quality of representation which you are about to receive.
But most importantly, it is in any crash victim’s best interest to be represented by an attorney. A 1999 study released by the Insurance Research Council indicated that hiring an attorney would lead to, on average, a settlement that was 40% higher than if the same person with the same injuries attempted to negotiate with the insurance company on their own.
So how can you assure yourself of obtaining high quality legal representation that will best serve your interests? The self-deprecating comedian in me would tell you to simply hire the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. But the truth is, like with any purchase decision, you must do research. Read a firm’s Google Reviews. Investigate the attorneys that work at a given firm on websites like Lawyers.com and Avvo. Additionally, the Florida Bar allows you to look up lawyers by name. This search engine will tell you a little about the attorneys and whether they are in Good Standing with the bar.
Additionally, I always caution my friends and acquaintances to avoid lawyer referral services. With a thing as delicate as your claim for damages following your motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, why allow your case to be chosen at random by a lawyer referral service? My office has written about lawyer referral services many times in the past, and our opinions of them have not changed. One does not need any particular level of skill to be a part of a lawyer referral service like 1-800-Ask-Gary or 411-Pain.
CONTACT THE PINELLAS COUNTY LITIGATION FIRM DOLMAN LAW GROUP
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an automobile, motorcycle, or trucking accident, you should consult with a law firm with experience handling automobile accident personal injury claims to ensure that you, the victim, receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, or future loss of income. The Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA serves personal injury clients all over the state of Florida from their conveniently located Clearwater office. Call for a case evaluation today at 727-451-6900, and rest assured that our team is ready and willing to take the case as far as necessary to reach an appropriate resolution for your case.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765