Unfortunately, laws do not follow an exact science. That means it’s completely possible that lawyers will not agree on a case. Even serious incidents can result in different opinions on whether or not a case exists or what the value is. Sometimes, it’s important to get a second opinion on your case’s potential. At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, we offer a free second opinion for personal injury clients.
We recognize the importance of finding the right firm and Los Angeles personal injury attorney you have a good feeling about. Just because one firm rejected your case, or even a second or third, it doesn’t mean there is no case. The prior rejection just means that that particular attorney, or attorneys, do not see any merit.
Why You Should Get a Second Opinion
There are a number of reasons why you to want a second opinion after a car accident. If you are interviewing firms to take on your personal injury case, there are some characteristics you should be looking for. Some of these include:
- Good Communication — Look for an attorney who provides regular communication. You don’t want an attorney who struggles to return a voicemail or doesn’t provide regular updates. If this is the attorney you are hiring, you should be able to get in touch with them regularly. You are likely to have questions as the process progresses, and your attorney should be your first point of contact.
- Don’t Feel Pressured — Don’t sign with a law firm that pressures you into signing. Some might even ask you to sign a contract before you’ve even met with an attorney. You also don’t want to end up with a firm that resolves all its cases by settling when there are some cases the attorney should’ve taken to trial.
- Work as a Team — It’s beneficial when your firm assigns two attorneys on your case and they work as a team. This often results in better settlements for cases that resolve through negotiations. It can also mean your case is resolved sooner with two people working on the matter.
- Let You See Your Own Medical Professional — A potential red flag is a firm that tries to make you see their own recommended doctor. If you have a doctor you’ve seen for years, especially a specialist, you have obviously built a relationship with this person. If the attorney is pushing you towards their physician, it’s likely because the firm is getting a kick back from the doctor or they know the doctor may engage in unscrupulous behaviors in order to inflate the case value to help get a bigger fee.
How to Obtain a Second Opinion?
Depending on the circumstances, it can be difficult to get a second opinion. If you are interviewing firms to retain, it can be easy to compare and interview different ones. If you are halfway through your case and are having troubles, you may be able to let your attorney go and hire another one, however, you could be liable for some costs/fees incurred to date.
Retaining a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
If you have questions about the value of your case or you need assistance with a new personal injury matter, it’s important to speak with a Los Angeles car accident attorney. And, if you don’t like what the first attorney is telling you, you have the right to get a second opinion. Contact El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers at 213-985-1120 to schedule an initial consultation.