If you’ve never experienced the legal challenges involved in cases of slips and falls, medical malpractice, or personal injury, it’s quite likely that you imagine something completely different from the reality.
Let’s face it, we always hope we’ll never need to know that reality, but if the day comes when you no longer have a choice, you won’t want to walk into a situation for which you are completely unprepared, especially when you are already more vulnerable because of the incident in question.
A certified civil trial lawyer can offer you the support and guidance you need in six key ways.
Nothing can match actual experience—there are quirks and subtleties in any situation that can only be truly understood by seeing and living them as they happen.
With experience, a certified civil trial attorney has come to understand the best ways to investigate the details, determine the right pictures to take, seek the best witnesses to engage (or avoid), and knows best what to say before you ever get inside a courtroom.
Professionals often make their work look easy. It rarely is though.
What’s more likely is that you’re seeing the culmination of behind-the-scenes work, done long before you witness the result.
In civil trial law, it’s all about maximizing the value of your case.
The presentation is often key and a lack of preparation can make it irreparably weak. And then there are the various elements that touch on the case—including scheduling, follow-through and documentation that may be required, all of which requires thorough and experienced preparation if you want the best result from your case.
3. Client Services
Both experience and preparation come into play when preparing a client.
Clients should know what they are getting into when it comes to depositions and answering questions. A certified civil trial attorney has sat through the process numerous times and can anticipate the questions beforehand. It makes the difficult questions much less daunting and can reduce the overall anxiety level of the experience.
There’s the negative notion of ‘settling’, which may suggest that you’re accepting less than you should, and then there’s the more positive one: the one that gets you the offer that you deserve.
A certified attorney has experience before judges, insurance companies, defense attorneys, and mediators. When you’re represented by such an attorney, all of those key players will know that you mean business.
What does that say to them? That you’re not going to take the first offer, or the offer that isn’t right for you, but that you have someone who will work to settle the case in the hope that it doesn’t have to go to trial.
Bottom line: having a certified civil trial attorney to represent you helps you get a better offer and can mean that you don’t even have to go through the trial.
But what if a settlement isn’t possible?
At this point, it’s important to realize: watching courtroom trials in movies and on television does not an expert make.
When an attorney is certified, they have had to work through a minimum of 10 trials over a 3-year period. Again, it comes down to experience.
Certification tells you that the attorney knows how to:
- schedule witnesses in the appropriate order
- prepare for the legal issues at hand
- prepare witnesses for cross-examination, and
- effectively cross-examine defense witnesses including insurance companies and doctors, who may also be experienced in trial lore and present their own unique challenges
6. The Unknowns
More than anything else, that’s what creates anxiety and fear: the unknown.
A certified trial attorney has been to court numerous times, so the possibility of the unknown becomes much more unlikely. For a trial attorney, it’s probably happened before and, if it hasn’t, the experienced attorney can think quickly on their feet, meaning they can respond rather than panic.
Calling a certified lawyer who is familiar with the local court system, and knows the judges along with other key players, can not only help you handle all of the moving parts of your case with more ease, but can also ensure you get the best outcome possible.
If you are involved in a personal injury case, contact us for a free consultation and let us provide you with the support and expertise you need now.