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What to Look for in a Lawyer for Your Wrongful Death Claim

| Nov 17, 2012 | Catastrophic Injuries

There are many law firms to choose from in the Northern Virginia area. So what separates us from those other firms? Why would you pick us over them? In this article, we will discuss the type of lawyer you want handling your wrongful death lawsuit and why we may be different from some of the other attorneys in the area.

What to Look for

Not all attorneys have the same background, years of experience, or knowledge of specific laws that pertain to your case. For this reason, it is critical that you find a lawyer who meets the following criteria:

  • Handles the practice area that your claim is about. Because there are many different types of attorneys, from personal injury lawyers to bankruptcy and divorce lawyers, you want to make sure you are giving your case to someone who has experience in the same area of law as your case. For example, if you have a wrongful death lawsuit on your hands, you will want to hire a lawyer who knows this area of law and has represented clients in similar cases.
  • Has courtroom experience. Not all attorneys take cases to trial, so it is important that you find a law firm with trial experience—particularly one who has tried wrongful death cases. Even if your case doesn’t need to go to trial, it is in your best interest to have an attorney on your side that has this type of experience because the insurance company will know it and will take your case more seriously.
  • Provides you with testimonials and case results. Many lawyers shy away from providing you with this information; however, it is critical to hire an attorney who will share past client testimonials and real case results with you. If a lawyer doesn’t offer this information, you should probably keep looking.

In addition to these criteria, you will want to work with an attorney who will provide you with a free consultation. At Shevlin Smith, we not only provide you with a complimentary consultation, but we will provide you with past case results, client testimonials, and answers to your questions up front. You will find that we do have experience in wrongful death cases and are skilled in this area of law. Please feel free to view our past case results and testimonials.