Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

After an accident, you can wander in a state of disorientation that hurts your case. You have dozens of questions to answer and piles of paperwork to sign. Not to mention, the legal procedures for an accident can bog you down and start to wreak havoc on your life. Especially after an accident, you have the pain to recover from. You have several solid reasons to hire a personal injury attorney, but here are some of the benefits of having an expert fight your case.

Knows the Legal Proceedings

Navigating the legal process and coordinating with the law can be a maze that is easy to get lost in. You have tons of confusing and frustrating aspects, and especially when you don’t know the legal jargon or the process, it can cost you the case and your needed compensation for medical bills, pain and impairment. Your Texas personal injury attorney understands how to navigate the legal waters and do it effectively. In addition, they also have the legal resources and the connections to help you come up fighting the most difficult cases. One of the most important factors in the case will be understanding the legal process and having the confidence to jump through the hoops.

Benefitting from All the Past Cases

An experienced personal injury attorney Dallas Texas firm will have taken on hundreds or possibly even thousands of cases before yours. The advantage of this? When you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, you benefit from all their past cases. Because they have seen what works and what doesn’t, you will have someone who can effectively fight for you. The type of injury case doesn’t matter because you can almost guarantee your attorney has probably undertaken a similar case. The injury from a bicycle, auto or pedestrian accident can have big consequences, but regardless, an attorney will move forward with the case.

The Power of Perspective

An experienced attorney will bring with them the power of perspective and insight from dozens of past cases. In addition, they have a level-headedness with them that proves beneficial. When you have someone experienced working for you, they will make better decisions for you based on years of legal experience and understanding the bigger and smaller laws. With such an attorney, you can make much better decisions to make the most from the situation.

Move on and Start Living Again

The greatest benefit of hiring an attorney is how you can get back to your life. After an accident, you have lots of demands coming at you. Insurance companies and law enforcement may want to know the details, and the phone calls and paperwork can start becoming an intimidating mountain. Without getting help from an attorney, you can spend hours of your time and energy trying to juggle the various aspects of it all. However, once you hire an attorney, you have the ability to delegate the busywork, and you can focus on the healing and getting back to life.

Experience with Assessing a Claim

A personal injury attorney will have experience with cases to tell you if it will pay to pursue a claim. They can tell you right from the beginning so that you don’t spend too much time in limbo. If the likelihood of winning the case doesn’t exist, you need to know that in the beginning before wasting time and expenses.

No Recovery? No Fee

Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee. This means if you fail to win money for the case you will now owe the attorney any fee.  You will however still be on the hook for any medical bills that you still owe.  If you recover money then the attorney gets a percentage of the total amount of money recovered – usually around one third of the total recovery, but this can increase slightly based on whether a lawsuit is needed.

The Red Tape

You often hire an attorney because the legal realm has plenty of complicated and confusing procedures. You have medical terms that make your eyes glaze over, and you have a bunch of paperwork, which has all come to define cases related to personal injury. When you meet with the attorney, you will be asked about the documents that you have concerning the case and the injury. The more documentation and evidence you have, the better.

Working with an Investigative Team

Normally, this type of attorney will employ a team of experienced investigators who have specialized niches, and they can skillfully look at some of the more technical aspects involving your case. Remember: Whenever you provide solid information about the injury, you have the potential to aid your case, and you can never have too much documentation.

Objective Standpoint

An injury can leave you in a frame of mind filled with anger, fear, frustration and pain. This can all cloud your ability to judge the facts with an objective lens. Attorneys will often take a more objective and birds eye stance of each case. First, because they weren’t injured, and second, because they have most likely dealt with hundreds of similar cases. With an attorney, you don’t have to worry you will hurt your chance at compensation through making rash decisions. To give an example, the fast payout might tempt you to take the cash and run. However, your attorney has expert legal advice and could steer you in the direction of your best interests. An attorney arms you with legal representation that keeps you safe.

Often having an experienced attorney is critical to a claim for compensation. For those who have been injured because of the careless choices others, you should look at the possibility of hiring an attorney. You want to do this as soon as possible after the accident because evidence starts to fade almost immediately, and memories also grow dimmer and have less legal weight. While you should obviously make sure your medical needs have been seen to, you should not overlook the legal aspect either.

Attorney Jason Franklin named to Texas Super Lawyers for 2015

Jason Franklin has been named to Texas Super Lawyers for 2015. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. No more than 5 percent of all lawyers in the State of Texas are named to Super Lawyers.

Jason Franklin has previously been named to Super Lawyers – Rising Stars which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Only 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor in any given year. Jason Franklin was selected for this honor on four separate occasions: 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

The Use of Focus Groups as a Jury Research Tool

Jury research is a powerful tool. By testing the evidence of a case in front of people like the ones who will be jurors in the actual case, valuable insights about the strengths, weaknesses and risks of a case are often discovered that allows the attorney to develop themes and strategies to most effectively present the case to a jury.

All too often, many attorneys mistakenly believe that using jury research is only an option in very large and expensive cases.   Many attorneys often dismiss the possibility of conducting jury research because of these resource restraints.  One of the reasons for this is that many attorneys still think of jury research as using a time-consuming and often expensive method called a “Mock Trial.”

For many years jury testing was done primarily using a mock trial.  In a mock trial, attorneys representing the different parties in a case make their arguments and present their evidence in an adversarial trial setting.   The mock jury then deliberates and renders its verdict.  However, there are often a number of factors that can prevent a mock trial from being effective, including the time and expense involved to effectively prepare for and present the mock trial, as well as the different advocacy skills of the presenters.  Another issue with mock trials is the difficulty in fully developing the other side in the case. When lawyers have spent many months (and sometimes years) developing their own case, it is difficult (if not impossible) to fully develop the other side’s best case for mock trial purposes.

However, there is another far more effective method of conducting juror research called a “Focus Group.”  Focus groups are different from mock trials in that they present the information in a neutral way and do not try and simulate all aspects of an actual trial. Instead, the purpose of the focus group is to present the evidence of a case in a neutral and easily understood manner.

Conducting focus groups in this manner addresses many of the problems posed by a mock trial. Not only is this type of focus group more cost-effective, but by having a single neutral presenter the impact of advocacy is removed.  Rather than trying to “persuade” the jurors, we are simply listening to what’s important (and not important) to them.  What problems do they have with the evidence?  What doubts do they have about the case?  How do they value the damages?  All of these are questions that are often answered by using focus groups.

Another advantage to using focus groups is that they can be used a number of different times in the same case. You can use it early in the case to assist in zeroing-in on the type of evidence that needs to be developed.  Later, you can use it to develop case themes to effectively communicate your client’s story. You can use it to assess damages in preparation for settlement negotiations.  Focus groups are an extremely flexible research tool that can be used at every stage of the case.

Lastly, and importantly, focus groups can be conducted at a very reasonable cost, especially if the attorney conducts the focus group themselves rather than hiring a high-priced jury research firm to do it for them.

While focus groups certainly cannot guarantee an outcome, they are tremendously valuable in helping to put forward the best possible case.

Why Choose a Board Certified Attorney?

Mark of Excellence

Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.

A Distinguished Few

There are more than 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,000 are Board Certified. Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest, public commitment to excellence in their area of law. The process is voluntary and can only take place after an attorney has been in practice for five years, with a minimum of three years experience in the specialty area. Moreover, Board Certification is not a one-time event. It requires an ongoing involvement in the specialty area which is periodically substantiated with references from peers in that field. It also requires annual professional refreshment through TBLS approved, continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established in 1974 by the State Bar of Texas to “promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of attorneys to the public in particular areas of the law… and advance the standards of the legal profession.” It operates under the continuing jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Texas. The TBLS certifies attorneys in 21 select areas of law and paralegals in seven areas. The TBLS is the only organization authorized to provide this service to the citizens of Texas.

The Board Certification process is rigorous and thorough with stringent, ongoing requirements after initial certification. In brief, an applicant must:

  • have been in practice a minimum of five years with three years of substantial involvement in an  area of law,
    • complete TBLS-approved Continuing Legal Education course requirements,
    • furnish at least 10 qualified, vetted references,
    • provide extensive, relevant experience documentation and
    • pass a comprehensive, daylong, specialty area examination.

Few Texas attorneys have answered the challenge laid down 36 years ago by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas to “…serve the public interest and advance the standards of the legal profession.”
We invite you to connect with a Board Certified attorney today.

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