July 8, 2020
Benefits of Using a Trial Lawyer
By Jonathan Damashek
You’ve been injured in an accident, and now you’re pursuing compensation. You have a few choices on how to move forward. You can try to deal with an insurance company yourself or hire an attorney. Partnering with an experienced personal injury lawyer in New York can take a lot of tasks and stress off your plate.
When it comes to hiring a lawyer, though, you have another decision. Not all personal injury law firms are the same. Some firms focus on finalizing settlements as quickly as possible. This sounds appealing, but it has a downside. Quick settlements aren’t always as much compensation as a case is worth.
Other law firms are made up of trial lawyers who are ready and willing to take cases to court when it’s best for their clients. The benefit of being willing to go to trial means these attorneys can push for the maximum compensation possible. Insurers are more willing to negotiate when they hope to avoid a lengthy trial.
To learn more about how an experienced New York trial lawyer can help during your personal injury claim, contact Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. online or at (212) 490-5700. We offer free initial consultations.
5 Benefits of Using a Trial Lawyer for Your Claim
There are numerous benefits to hiring an experienced litigator for your personal injury case.
1. Know When to File a Lawsuit
Not every personal case needs to go to court. By working with a trial lawyer, you have someone who can take a hard look at the facts and possible outcomes. They can advise you on whether filing a lawsuit could be helpful or, at the moment, unnecessary.
2. Tackle Difficulties During Discovery
Your case might benefit from going to court for the discovery process. This is the phase of a lawsuit where each side exchanges information. It is often important for truck accidents. The only way to get information from the truck driver and trucking company is to demand it in court. But discovery isn’t always a smooth process. Insurance companies and large businesses will use all sorts of tactics to avoid answering questions or handing over documentation and other evidence. An experienced trial lawyer knows how to handle challenging discovery periods.
3. Prepare for Trial
Getting ready for trial is a difficult endeavor. Lawyers have to determine the most effective strategy for presenting your case. They have to draft opening and closing statements, prepare witnesses to testify and go through cross-examinations, and prepare for the jury selection process. Most personal injury cases don’t go to trial, but you want a lawyer who knows how to get ready if a trial is necessary.
4. Recognize Legal and Underhanded Tactics
The at-fault party and their insurance company will go through a lot of trouble to avoid liability or limit how much they have to pay you. Some of these tactics might be subtle. But an experienced trial lawyer will know what the insurance company is doing and why. They can spot when an insurance company is trying to set up a comparative negligence defense or avoid all liability.
5. Increase Your Recovery
When you’re fighting for personal injury damages, you want a lawyer who will help you recover as much compensation as possible. Trial lawyers help you do just that. By being willing to threaten and file a lawsuit, litigators show insurance companies they’re serious and won’t settle for a lowball settlement offer. Being willing to go to court can help you obtain a better settlement than you would have without discovery or the threat of trial.
Are You Ready to Work with a Trial Lawyer?
If you’re ready to talk with an experienced New York trial lawyer about your case, call (212) 490-5700 or send us your information through our online contact form. At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., each of our partners has years of litigation experience and is passionate about fighting for injury victims. Whether your case needs to go to trial or not, we’re prepared. We’ll fight for you to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.