What Can I Expect When I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

What Can I Expect When I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
Calendar icon July 10, 2023

For many people, there is some initial hesitation about hiring a personal injury attorney. At first, you may even be unsure if you should hire a personal injury attorney. While we recognize that hiring a personal attorney can be intimidating, it is a critical way to protect yourself against powerful insurance companies or other defendants looking to devalue your claim.

At Cellino Law, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys can offer clarity about the claims process, set realistic expectations for your settlement, and answer your questions about how to proceed.

We provide free case evaluations to prospective clients, which can be scheduled by contacting us at (800) 555-5555 or reaching out through our online form.

What Can I Expect When I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

No Upfront Payment Required

Personal injury lawyers utilize a system that allows injured people to access professional legal help without having to incur upfront out-of-pocket costs that would otherwise prohibit them from seeking out a personal injury lawyer.

If a personal injury lawyer believes that your case has merit and they anticipate recovering compensation for your damages, they agree to take on your case with the understanding that they will recover a contingency fee from your settlement. 

Most personal injury attorneys recover about one-third of the total settlement amount as their fee. In the meantime, they will represent you at their own expense, so they are motivated to maximize your compensation and, therefore, their fee.

If a personal injury lawyer is unable to settle your personal injury claim, you don’t owe them anything for their services in most cases.

Receive an Explanation of the Personal Injury Claims Process and Liability

From the outside, the personal injury claims process can appear enigmatic. A personal injury lawyer can provide insight into the nuances of the process and how your claim is likely to proceed. They will also be able to anticipate common issues that arise during the course of filing a personal injury lawsuit and help you avoid these pitfalls.

Additionally, a personal injury lawyer will be able to explain the legal requirements for establishing liability and meeting the burden of proof

For example, a person attempting to recover compensation from a negligent party must do more than offer proof of their recklessness. The plaintiff, or injured party, needs to first establish that the defendant actually had a legal obligation to act with a certain level of caution towards them before they can be held liable. A personal injury attorney will have the skills and expertise to navigate this process successfully.

Evaluation of What Your Damages Are Worth

Once you have hired a personal injury attorney, one of the most important pieces of filing a claim will be describing and assigning a monetary value to your damages. Personal injury lawyers do this on a regular basis and have a solid idea of what common damages may be worth or what documentation will be needed to prove their value.

In fact, they are likely aware of losses you were unaware you could be compensated for in a personal injury lawsuit. They also contextualize your losses within your life to properly ascertain their value.

A Capable Advocate in Negotiations and in Court

Something to consider when hiring a personal injury attorney is whether or not they have a history of taking claims to trial. This matters because a personal injury lawyer who has no trial experience is effectively saying that the defendants they have gone up against, which are typically insurance companies, usually offer fair settlements.

An insurance company’s business model motivates them to protect their profits, so it is highly unlikely that they would always offer compensation that a plaintiff considered fair. Personal injury lawyers with trial experience can also leverage this in negotiations, as defendants generally want to avoid going to trial. 

Access to Resources and Expert Advice

When most people decide to hire a personal injury attorney, they expect to receive benefits like the services of expert witnesses and the knowledge their attorney has cultivated over years of representing injured clients. This is the bread and butter of what we do.

Personal injury attorneys will devise a negotiating strategy, help you draft statements, prepare for depositions, and utilize resources like an accident reconstructionist to secure evidence to support your claim for damages. We can help you understand what laws are applicable to your case and how to ensure your rights remain protected.

Choose Cellino Law to Negotiate Your Personal Injury Claim

Trusting a personal injury lawyer to negotiate your claim for the compensation you need is a huge leap of faith. Injured clients have depended on the Cellino family to represent their interests for over 60 years, and you can do the same. We have a proud legacy of excellent service punctuated by awards, impressive results, and client endorsements.

Cellino Law clients are treated with the respect that they deserve. Our team believes in doggedly pursuing maximum compensation for our clients because we understand that this impacts their future financial stability and their family’s well-being.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, we encourage you to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to explore your legal options for recovering compensation.

Contact Cellino Law Group to Set Up a Free Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer

At Cellino Law, we prioritize client satisfaction. For us, that means not only working to maximize our clients’ compensation but also ensuring that their experience is as stress-free as possible. We accomplish this by maintaining clear and frequent communication, explaining unfamiliar legal jargon, and creating a workable plan to follow.

The trial attorneys of Cellino Law are prepared to have your back against powerful defendants. Our years of service have allowed us to specialize in several areas of personal injury law and develop successful strategies to negotiate for maximum compensation. 

If you have been harmed by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Don’t delay seeking compensation for your damages and potentially jeopardize your settlement.  Contact our team at Cellino Law by calling us at (800) 555-5555 or reaching out through our online form. We can help you secure a fair settlement in a personal injury lawsuit.

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Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.



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