It is always recommended that you first examine how a Jefferson County personal injury attorney will most likely proceed, before litigation, in the average personal injury action. By understanding these procedures you will become a more informed and helpful client, better able to communicate effectively with your attorney.
For several reasons it is almost always in the best interest of the client to reach an early settlement of a personal injury case before embarking upon litigation. For one thing, litigation is costly. It is also time consuming, and the process, which includes the taking of testimony (depositions) and the hostilities that are bound to ensue, is a stressful one. Because of the time and expense involved, prolonged litigation can take a heavy emotional toll on those involved. A substantial amount of time may be necessary in more serious cases in order for personal injury attorneys to maximize awards for the benefit of the client. Remember, Personal injury law in Jefferson County can be rather complex, and it is to your advantage to have an attorney working for you who is experienced and knowledgeable in the field. An attorney who has practiced personal injury litigation for many years should be able to guide the client appropriately with regard to the approximate length of litigation in some instances (see Following Your Jefferson County Personal Injury Case).
In the majority of cases that involve smaller amounts of money—that is, cases in which the injuries are not catastrophic and the recovery will not be significant—many personal injury attorneys will try to settle before instituting litigation proceedings. This makes sense, since the costs of litigating such an action might be larger than the potential recovery. On the other hand, in cases that involve much larger amounts, there is less likelihood of a quick settlement and the attorney may have to begin a lawsuit early on in order to obtain a justifiable award for the client.
If you are considering which attorney is the best qualified to handle your Jefferson County personal injury claim, always take time to consider their method of operation before retaining them to seek money for you.