How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the most difficult decisions the victim of an accident has to make is who to choose as their attorney. While there is no shortage of lawyers who will promise just about anything in an effort to entice you to become their client, making an informed decision can be difficult. The fact is, not all lawyers and law firms are equal. Who represents you is an important decision since to whom you entrust your case will have a huge impact on the outcome.
Some questions you should ask are:
What type of cases do you handle?
The law, like medicine and many other fields, has become increasingly specialized. While there are lawyers who would like to think they can handle just about any type of case, the truth is you are better served by a law firm that only handles the type of case you have. If you have been injured, retain a personal injury law firm. If you had a broken bone you wouldn’t go to a dentist. For the same reason, if you need help with a personal injury matter you should seek help from someone that only handles matters like yours. All of our firm’s efforts are focused on representing injured clients without the distraction of other types of legal matters. At Rosenberg & Gluck personal injury is all we do.
Does the firm have the resources to handle every aspect of your case in a timely manner?
Properly handling a personal injury case can involve the expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of legal work. Expert fees, investigations, trial exhibits, and a host of other necessary expenses add to the costs of successfully prosecuting a case. Many firms simply cannot afford to thoroughly prepare their cases by making these expenditures of time and money. A lawsuit is not the place to cut corners. While smaller firms often cannot devote all the time and resources that a case requires, Rosenberg & Gluck is a substantial, well established firm with the personnel and resources to battle the insurance companies.
Does the firm have the personnel with the right experience handling cases like yours?
Rosenberg & Gluck is comprised of six experienced attorneys, complimented by a staff of seasoned paralegals and legal secretaries. The founding partners have each been representing the injured for almost 30 years. Our firm has successfully handled thousands of cases for the injured. Day in and day out, for decades, our lawyers and support staff have helped thousands of people whose lives have been affected because of their injuries.
How often does the firm go to trial on cases like yours?
Whether a law firm has the experience to try your case before a judge and jury is critical. This is important because ultimately you will be faced with making a choice between accepting whatever the insurance company offers you or taking your case to trial. The fact is that most lawyers either never try cases or rarely do; insurance companies know better than anyone which attorneys actually take cases to trial. Many lawyers simply write letters and serve some legal pleadings knowing full well they have no intention of actually fighting in court for their clients. Rosenberg & Gluck takes a different approach. We believe that each case should be treated as if it will go to trial. While this approach is more work for the attorney, the client benefits whether or not the case is actually tried. It really is just common sense; you either take the insurance company’s settlement offer or go to trial. If the insurance company knows your lawyer rarely goes to trial or is not a talented trial attorney, why should they make you a fair offer? There are only a handful of insurance company lawyers on Long Island that handle the vast majority of cases. The lawyers for Allstate, State Farm, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, and Progressive know which lawyers are in court every day fighting them and which lawyers just take what is offered. So when it comes to selecting a law firm to represent your interests ask, “When was the last time you actually went to trial on a case like mine?” “How many years experience do you have handling cases like mine?” The lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck routinely go to trial on personal injury cases. We are in court almost every day fighting for our clients. In fact, we have been successfully trying cases like yours for decades.
What success has the law firm had in court with cases like yours?
Rosenberg & Gluck has a long standing and distinguished record of success in the courtrooms of Long Island. We are members of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This organization is only open to those lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar results on individual cases. We are also rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating for ability and ethics as judged by other lawyers on Long Island. Our success is well recognized by judges, defense lawyers and other law firms. So much so that they have referred their family and friends to Rosenberg & Gluck for representation. Of course, not all cases will result in awards in the millions, but we have had remarkable successes on cases of all sizes, cases that many firms would not take to trial, cases that other lawyers would settle for whatever the insurance company offered. Simply going to trial is not enough; your lawyer should have years of experience handling cases like yours on a daily basis. We have decades of experience and thousands of satisfied clients. If you want a law firm that has both extensive experience and a record of success then Rosenberg & Gluck is the firm to choose.