When you’ve been injured in an accident and need to call a personal injury attorney, reputation matters. Why? Because your lawyer’s relationship with the insurance company can directly impact the outcome of your case. The insurance company keeps track of dishonest law firms — when your case goes straight to the fraud department, it’s MUCH harder to get the settlement you deserve.
You might not realize it, but switching lawyers could mean getting offers that are double, triple, or even quadruple what your old lawyer was getting. That’s the power of a good reputation.
What Is a Good Reputation?
A good reputation means an attorney is well-respected by their peers and the insurance companies. A bad reputation means an attorney is known for being dishonest, sometimes unethical, and lazy.
The insurance company keeps track of bad law firms to know which firm will accept a low offer because they want to avoid paying out settlements. If your case goes straight to the fraud department, getting the compensation you deserve will be much harder because the insurance company will look for any reason to deny your claim.
But imagine you have a lawyer with a good reputation. In that case, the insurance company is more likely to take your case seriously and make a fair offer because they know the lawyer has a track record of winning cases and settlements. They understand it’s much harder to take advantage of an accident victim represented by a law firm that fights for its clients, puts in the work, and demands fairness.
Your Lawyer’s Experience Is Crucial
Experience matters when it comes to dealing with insurance companies. Your lawyer needs to know how the system works and what strategies work best for getting you the compensation you deserve. An experienced lawyer will also know which tactics are off-limits and which are acceptable for them to negotiate successfully on your behalf.
A Lawyer’s Professionalism Goes A Long Way
Your lawyer’s professionalism can go a long way when dealing with an insurance company — especially if their reputation precedes them. Professionalism shows respect for both parties and can help set the tone for negotiations. It also indicates that your lawyer understands this process’s importance and that they intend to do whatever it takes to get you what you deserve from the insurance company.
Why Reputation Matters
The primary reason it matters is that your lawyer’s reputation with the insurance company will affect how they view your case and how likely they are to offer you a fair settlement. If your attorney has a good relationship with the insurance company and is seen as trustworthy, then the insurer may be more open to coming up with fair terms for both parties.
On the other hand, if your lawyer has a bad reputation with them or has been known to take advantage of their clients, the insurers will be much less likely to offer you a fair settlement (if anything at all).
In addition, if your lawyer is seen as untrustworthy by an insurer, they will be more likely to fight against any claims you bring forth. This means that having an experienced attorney who has built trust with insurers can give you an edge when negotiating a fair settlement.
How to Get a Better Lawyer
If you’re stuck with a lawyer who isn’t getting the job done, it’s time to upgrade to Sam & Ash Injury Law — because you owe it to yourself to get a better lawyer who will get you the best results possible. We have a great reputation, and our clients enjoy the winning difference.