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How to Intelligently Choose a Lawyer

A license to practice law permits a lawyer to represent clients in all types of legal matters. But, just being licensed to handle a specific type of case is not the same thing as being knowledgeable, experienced or successful at it. This is especially true in the field of personal injury litigation and specifically in litigating construction accident cases in New York.

There are no courses in law school on litigating construction accidents in New York, no structured training programs to gain valuable experience, and no professional organizations to certify a lawyer as a specialist in the field. And the task of hiring just the right lawyer for a construction accident case is made even more difficult by the lack of effective controls over lawyer advertising. Just look on the Internet, in the phone book or on TV and you will find dozens of lawyers from all over the state who want your case.

So, how should you go about the task of choosing the right lawyer for you? Should it be the lawyer with the biggest telephone book ad, or the one with the most television commercials, or the one with the catchy jingle? Put this way, it sounds quite naive to select the lawyer you will trust to rebuild your life after a devastating personal injury on this basis. Yet, studies have shown that aggressive marketing techniques do produce a steady flow of new clients. Why? It is often because we don’t know what or where to look for the information needed to intelligently choose the right lawyer for the job.

Determine What Qualities You Want in Your Legal Advocate

Before you start interviewing attorneys, think about what you are looking for in a trusted advocate. If you were injured on the job and need a lawyer, ask yourself these questions:

After you have answered these questions you need to look for the information you consider important.

Not all lawyers are equally competent. How do you find out about their credentials?

The quick way is to ask for their resume or CV (Curriculum Vita). This will list the major accomplishments of the lawyer. Ask judges or lawyers who are actively practicing law but who have no personal interest or desire to steer your case to a friend, relative or business colleague. Ask the lawyer for a list of cases involving construction accident litigation handled and the results. Ask how long the lawyer has been representing clients involved in construction accidents and whether that lawyer will be personally handling your case or will the lawyer refer you to another attorney after he/she signs you up.

Leader in the Field

Construction accident lawyer Dan Santola has the experience and knowledge required to tackle any workplace injury claim. He is seen as one of the preeminent authorities on the subject of construction accident cases, and has literally written the book on the subject. He fights hard for each and every client to ensure they all receive the attention and care required to obtain full and fair compensation.

In a Work Injury Case, Which Is Better: Settlement or Litigation?

At Powers & Santola, LLP., we never, never look for the easy, quick settlement. All of our lawyers want the best results possible for our client. That means every single case is prepared for trial. We are trial lawyers and that is what we do. We are no strangers to the court room — and the other side knows that.

The reason we prepare for trial is simple: We believe that you should get 100 percent of what you are entitled to.When an attorney advertises quick settlements without having to go to court, insurance companies and their lawyers hear this as “I would rather compromise then go through a trial.” This is not the message we send.

When big companies risk the lives of workers at construction sites and at other work sites, they should not escape their liability. They should be held accountable for violating the law. The injured worker may be entitled to recover all losses, such as full reimbursement for past and future lost wages and fringe benefits; the cost of providing past and future care and treatment; compensation for the disabling injuries and the pain and suffering the worker has and will endure throughout the remainder of his or her life; and for the loss of the normal enjoyment of life the injuries will cause because safety was not a priority. The owner of the property should be accountable to the worker’s family. When a worker is killed in an accident, his or her surviving spouses, children or parents are entitled to recover for the economic losses they will have to suffer as a result of the worker’s death.

There are no compromises at Powers & Santola, LLP., when it comes to getting top dollar for injured clients. Attorney Dan Santola and our entire team will be on your side.

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If you were injured in a work accident, talk to a lawyer who has the experience, compassion and determination to help you. Contact Powers & Santola, LLP., for a free consultation. We have offices in AlbanySyracuse, and Rochester.