Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Personal Rights0
How to Tell if Your Attorney is More Jackie Chiles Than Johnnie Cochran
Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million Americans are injured on the job every year in the United States? Additionally, 6,000 American workers are killed annually while discharging their duties. In these situations, it is one of your rights as an employee to have your employer help you with medical bills, make reasonable accommodations to get you back to work, and to compensate your family in the event you lose your life. Of course, as you’re unfortunately well aware, it’s too often the case that businesses violate employee laws, choosing to keep their pockets lined instead of doing the right thing.
In this type of situation, it’s best to find experienced injury attorneys to help find justice. As IBIS World statistics show, there are more than 400,000 law firms in the United States. How can you possibly weed out the experienced injury attorneys worth your money from the rest? Well, you can start by avoiding any so-called experienced injury attorneys who have any of these characteristics.
Three Signs You Shouldn’t Hire That Lawyer
- They Clearly Don’t Care
- Your State Bar Has a List of Violations for Them
- Beware of Unsolicited Interest from Personal Injury Attorney Law Firms
For About.com, the clearest sign you shouldn’t hire a lawyer is when they seem like they’d rather be doing anything else than dealing with you. Whether they take two weeks to respond to an email or they always seem to be avoiding your calls, a lawyer that can’t be bothered to give you the time of day shouldn’t be trusted to help you with your legal issues. ‘Nuff said.
Your State Bar Association can be an incredible resource for tracking down a great lawyer. It can also be a good way to avoid a crappy one. Not every state does this, but many Bar Associations will maintain a list of qualifications for its lawyers, in addition to any marks against their record. It’s worth contacting your Bar Association to ask, especially when you realize that could mean not wasting a lot of time and money on someone who shouldn’t be in the field.
The simplest way to tell that you shouldn’t be working with a lawyer, perhaps, is when they start getting in contact with you when you haven’t even asked for help. These so-called “ambulance chasers,” as LegalMath.com details, really just want to push you into a lawsuit, hoping to get rich off of your misfortune, regardless of whether you actually need to go to court. If you get a letter or a phone call out of the blue from a lawyer, chances are they fit in this category. Avoid their services at all costs.
Do you make a living as a serious injury attorney or any other type of lawyer? What tips would you give Americans hoping to avoid bad lawyers? Let us know in the comment section below. Check out this site for more.