Avoid The Crash Clowns

Injury Lawyer Advertising Is Everywhere

No matter what you listen to, what you watch, or where you drive, you’re bombarded with injury lawyer advertisements. Different billboards or television ads will appeal to different people. But the most important thing is that you learn how to separate the few good injury lawyers from the crash clowns. 

Who You Hire Matters — A Lot.

There are obvious reasons for this. A smarter, more experienced lawyer might find an angle in your case a less capable lawyer would miss. A lawyer with more resources can do more for you and for your case. And a lawyer who focuses exclusively on personal injury will probably be better than a jack-of-all-trades.

But one of the biggest factors accident victims overlook is reputation. Not so much what the community or clients think of a lawyer (although those are important signals). But more specifically, what is that lawyer’s reputation among insurance companies.

Insurance companies don’t care how many billboards you have or that some obscure company gave you a #1 Lawyer trophy. An insurance company judges a lawyer on how that lawyer affects the insurance company’s bottom line.

How Your Lawyer’s Reputation Affects Your Case From The Very Beginning

Insurance companies keep track of lawyers. They know which lawyers will take the first offer and which lawyers are willing to take less for their clients if it means less work. They know which lawyers build great cases for all their clients and which lawyers only focus on the biggest cases or the cases they think will go to court.

Insurance companies also keep track of which lawyers cut corners and which are dishonest. If you hire a lawyer the insurance company has already flagged, chances are that hiring that lawyer will send your case straight to the insurance company’s fraud department — through no fault or dishonesty of your own — making it that much harder for you to get a fair settlement.

When You Look For A Lawyer, Watch For These Red Flags

The lawyer is too flashy – Like a cheap magician, this is often just a strategy of misdirection. Many lawyers assume that they outwardly present a parking lot full of flashy cars or billboards trying hard to look like a fashion mag, that it will mask anything they lack in competence or fair results for their clients.

They tell you their low-fee is actually a good thing – The truth about low fees is that they’re saving money for the insurance company. A good lawyer doing everything right for their client can’t charge a cut-rate fee because they’re invested in your case. The percentage might look higher, but you don’t pay anything out of your own pocket. And because a good lawyer gets significantly more money from the insurance company, you get more money than you would with a low-fee lawyer. Budget lawyers get budget results.

You were referred by a tow truck driver or someone at the hospital – In the personal injury industry, this is called capping. And it’s illegal. If a lawyer is willing to risk their law license just to get your case, they’re not a lawyer you can trust. Insurance companies often know who these lawyers are and flag any case they take.

They start talking numbers at the beginning of the case – All lawyers know that your settlement will depend on your recovery process and the effects that process has on your life. It’s impossible for a lawyer to know at the beginning of a case how long your recovery will take, the difficulties you’ll encounter, the way your pain will affect your job and your relationships, or the cost of medical interventions that will be needed. If a lawyer is making specific promises at the beginning of your case, you have a lawyer who is willing to be dishonest with you.

It’s hard to get a hold of anyone at the office – If a law firm doesn’t have time to pay attention to your needs, they don’t have time to get you the results you deserve. Any office that is too busy to take calls is ill-equipped to give your case the amount of attention needed to get a fair settlement. When a lawyer fails to get to know you as a person and how your injury has affected your life, they can’t properly argue to the insurance company why you deserve more.

At Sam & Ash Injury Law, it’s important to us that you find a good lawyer. And we aren’t the only firm that does things right. But we recognize the challenge an injury victim faces when trying to figure out which lawyers they can trust and which lawyers are crash clowns.

Read our reviews, browse the resources on our website, but most importantly, give us a call at 1 (877) 672-0152 and get to know us. We’re here 24/7 to give free legal advice and any help we can offer. So reach out today, because you deserve What’s Right.

Author: Sam Mirejovsky

For more than 20 years, Sam Mirejovsky has been helping people who have been hurt due to negligence and wrongdoing. Bringing a client-centered approach to every case, Sam believes that getting the care you need and the justice you deserve is only achieved when you take the time to understand your client and their personal circumstances. This mindset has helped him change the landscape of personal injury law and recover millions of dollars for injured people and their families.