For Personal Injury lawyers, Board Certification is a mark of excellence in a professional career. Patients would never trust a doctor who lacks Board Certification with their care. The same should be said for legal representation. Victims should turn to Board Certified lawyers when it comes to who they trust with their livelihood post-accident. The problem is, many people aren’t aware that lawyers can even be Board Certified.
This lack of publicly available knowledge is unfathomable to the country’s top lawyers, specifically those who practice Personal Injury Law, because this very important distinction is what separates “paper pushers” from the true “case winners”, the successful accident lawyers. Lack of a Board Certification distinction can be what’s standing between clients and the maximum amount of financial compensation they deserve.
Within this article we’ll be our readers’ Law Resource for the Top 5 reasons those injured in accidents shouldn’t delay when it comes to retaining a Board Certified lawyer to represent their rights both financially and physically. This writeup will cover all the reasons–from the paperwork, to the uphill battle with the insurance company–that the best thing to do after sustaining serious injuries in an accident is to sit down for a consultation with a top Personal Injury lawyer.
#1: The Insurance Companies Look to Take Advantage of Injured Accident Victims
When it comes to fighting the insurance company, it’s a losing battle if an accident victim chooses to do so without Board Certified legal representation. Insurance companies are not in the business of treating accident victims fairly. If the victim resorts to dealing with the insurance company alone, there is a high chance that they will not be treated with the fairness they deserve when it comes to compensation for their injury.
In previous writeups, we consistently discussed the practice known as Deny, Delay, Don’t Pay. It’s used to scare off victims from seeking the compensation owed to them. This tactic is used as soon as the insurance company finds out the victim is not being represented by a lawyer, or that their lawyer is a “paper pusher”. Trust us, the insurance companies know a “paper pusher” or “adjuster” when they see one. This is not a good thing. A “paper pusher” is what we refer to on the Law Resource as a lawyer that takes as many claims as possible just to bolster their “results” when in fact, these “results” are merely obtaining any small amount of compensation on behalf of their clients (the dollar amount doesn’t matter to them, and this is yet another red flag to find another firm. For injured clients, money does matter. It’s what restores quality of life medically and mentally).
Victims who end up stuck with a “paper pusher” or without Board Certified legal representation will often receive nothing or a paltry sum when they were entitled to far more money. Money that could’ve bettered their quality of life post-accident. These clients often did not have the resources to seek out a better accident lawyer; as always, this writeup, and all of our other publications, intend to assist in potential clients seeking top Personal Injury legal representation in that arena. Without a Board Certified lawyer, fighting the insurance company will not be a battle that can be won. The case may not ever be resolved in favor of the victim, if it’s resolved at all.
#2: Florida’s Legal System is Complex and Not Something Accident Victims Should Navigate Alone
The second reason an accident victim should never attempt to fight alone after becoming injured by the recklessness or negligence of another (car accident, medical malpractice, or a trucking accident to name a few common reasons lawsuits occur) is a simple one: Florida’s legal system is complex. Understanding statutes, laws, and what is actually able to be brought to trial is extremely difficult for those without a law degree. A Board Certified lawyer has consistently upheld a high level of successful results in all of these areas when it comes to his or her clients; Board Certified lawyers tend to have more knowledge than that of their Personal Injury peers.
Furthermore, only a Board Certified lawyer will be able to go up against an insurance company’s team of lawyers with less than honest motives. Whether it’s preparing a client for a successful mediation or going all the way to trial, the lawyer will know the process of navigating each in regard to the specific accident and injuries their client has sustained. Each Personal Injury claim is different, and therefore cannot be represented the same each time. Having experience with the type of accident a client has sustained is only the first step to a successful outcome. A Board Certified lawyer will know the finer points and be able to provide appropriate legal advice.
#3: The Amount of Paperwork Will Be Overwhelming
This next one may not be as obvious as our previous reasons to seek a Board Certified lawyer after an accident, but it’s worth mentioning: not only is the legal system complex, it’s made up almost entirely of paperwork. Trying to sort through the amount of legal documents that require very specific information (“the book of the client’s life”) alone is another losing battle for an accident victim. Insurance companies will use the amount of paperwork as another way to take advantage of the victim, overwhelm them in hopes that they simply give up on the claim.
#4: A Board Certified Lawyer is the Best Representation After an Accident
Board Certification is a process that begins with young lawyers striving to achieve more than getting clients out the door with a check. Young lawyers must stay hungry through the early years of their career so that they may hold the honor of Board Certification when they finally attain the title of Senior Lawyer within a firm in which they’ve become partner, or within a firm of their own.
Only 1% of lawyers reach this milestone and become Board Certified lawyers. This highly sought after but rarely realized achievement puts Board Certified lawyers above and beyond their non-Board Certified peers by leaps and bounds. Attaining double certification is less common, as less than 1% of lawyers can claim this crowning jewel of success. Double board certification means not only is the lawyer Board Certified within the state they practice, but nationally.
#5: A Board Certified Lawyer Has More Experience
Compared to their non-Board Certified peers, a Board Certified lawyer upholds a higher standard of morals, ethical behavior, and trustworthiness within their profession. Their success rate is based on client satisfaction, not the number of clients the lawyer was able to push out the door with a small check. Board Certified lawyers obtain million and multimillion dollar settlements on behalf of their clients because they’re the ones who see cases through to the end, to trial if necessary.
These lawyers are the ones who have the experience to utilize Demonstrative Aids, call in expert witnesses, preserve evidence (this is called Spoliation of Evidence) and file time sensitive motions in an appropriate timeframe. Board Certified lawyers are professional, ethical, and conduct themselves above the standard that’s expected in the office setting and when they get in front of the judge in the courtroom.
Bonus #6: Contingency in Personal Injury shouldn’t be advertised as special!
Knowing which motions to file and how to achieve a successful outcome (obtaining exactly what’s necessary to try the case) during Discovery are things best left for the experienced accident lawyer and not for a client needlessly attempting to represent themselves. Needlessly, because it’s well known that Personal Injury lawyers work on contingency. That means, the lawyer doesn’t make a dime unless the client is properly compensated themselves. Lawyers who advertise “no fee up front” or “free legal representation” are not being honest with accident victims. The field of Personal Injury has a widely accepted stance on contingency, and it should not be made part of legal advertisements.
After an accident in which bodily injuries were sustained, the first thing a victim or their family may consider is legal representation to ascertain whether or not they or their loved one has a case. It should be a Board Certified lawyer who makes this decision based on experience with similar, past cases they’ve seen to verdict.
Now that we’ve established our “Top 5”, our readers can better inform themselves of why they must place themselves in the best, Board Certified hands when it comes to legal representation should they ever find themselves the victim of an accident for which they were not at-fault.
Because “I’m going to sue you!” is a misnomer that is overused, its connotation is that of the lawyers we see on television commercials advertising their firms and promising large settlements. Lawyers who make false promises or who act aggressively rather than using a level head are red flags to find another firm, and fast! Lawyers should never promise a client a specific outcome; a lawyer who has tried hundreds or thousands of cases to verdict successfully won’t have to, because their results speak for themselves.
At the end of the day, it’s lack of experience, false promises and dishonesty that can kill a case.