Why Do I Need a Board Certified Lawyer?
For the most credible Personal Injury lawyers, Board Certification is a mark of excellence. It’s not an option, it’s a must. Patients would never trust a doctor lacking Board Certification with their care. The same goes for a Personal Injury lawyer. After all, this is a person who can make or break the chance for financial recovery after an accident. The problem is, many people aren’t aware that lawyers can even be Board Certified. This lack of publicly available knowledge hurts clients who deserve justice.
Board Certification is what separates “paper pushers” from the true “case winners”.
Within this Shaked Law Blog article we explain the our Top 5 reasons for consulting a Board Certified lawyer post accident. This article covers important reasons that consulting with an expert team of Personal Injury professionals is a necessity after sustaining injuries.
#1: Insurance companies take advantage of those who try to fight their own claims
When it comes to fighting the insurance company, it’s a losing battle if victims choose to do so without a Board Certified lawyer. Insurance companies are not in the business of treating accident victims fairly. If the victim resorts to dealing with the insurance company alone, there is a high chance that they will not be treated with the fairness they deserve when it comes to compensation for their injury.
In previous articles, we consistently discuss the practice known as Deny, Delay, Don’t Pay. It’s used to scare off victims from seeking the compensation owed to them. This tactic is used as soon as the insurance company finds out the victim’s lawyer is a “paper pusher”. Trust us, the insurance companies know a “paper pusher” or “adjuster” when they see one.
Why are “paper pusher” lawyers a problem?
This one bears repeating. A “paper pusher” is what we refer to as a lawyer that takes as many claims as possible just to bolster their “results”. However, these “results” are merely obtaining small amounts of compensation on behalf of their clients. For clients suffering severe injuries, money matters. The most compensation available guarantees a client and their family achieve financial stability despite pain and suffering.
#5: Only a Board Certified lawyer can take on the insurance company
Never fight the insurance company alone! Only a Board Certified lawyer can recover maximum compensation. That’s a fact. Florida’s legal system is complex. Understanding statutes, laws, and what is actually able to be brought to trial is extremely difficult for those lacking experience. A Board Certified lawyer has consistent, successful results. Board Certified lawyers have more knowledge than that of their Personal Injury peers.
Furthermore, only a Board Certified lawyer will be able to go up against an insurance company’s team of lawyers. Whether it’s preparing a client for mediation or going all the way to trial, the lawyer knows the due process. Each Personal Injury claim is different. Having experience with different accidents and outcomes is the first step to maximum compensation. Board Certified lawyers can provide appropriate legal advice on a case by case basis.
#4: Experience, experience, experience!
Without experience, trying to sort through “the book of the client’s life” is another losing battle. A law firm lacking case winning experience is a firm that never receives maximum compensation. Insurance companies look at the lawyer’s experience and use it against them, if it’s lacking. This is another disadvantage to the client.
Insurance companies want the victim to give up. Having a lawyer with no experience guarantees that will happen. Board Certified lawyers ensure the insurance companies don’t stand a chance when it comes to intimidating the client.
#3: Board Certified lawyers are rare for a reason
Board Certification is a process that begins when young lawyers strive to achieve more than getting clients out the door with a check. Young lawyers must stay hungry through the early years of their career. Doing so ensures that they have the chance to hold the honor of Board Certification later in their career.
Only 1% of lawyers reach the milestone of becoming a Board Certified lawyer.
This highly sought after but rarely realized achievement puts Board Certified lawyers above and beyond their non-Board Certified peers by leaps and bounds. Attaining double certification is less common, as less than 1% of lawyers can claim this crowning jewel of success. Double board certification means not only is the lawyer Board Certified within the state they practice, but nationally.
#2: Board Certified lawyers have the most credibility
Compared to their peers, a Board Certified lawyer upholds a higher standard of morals, ethical behavior, and trustworthiness. That is to say: it’s all about credibility. Their success is based on client happiness, not the number of clients the lawyer was able to see in a month. Board Certified lawyers obtain multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of their clients because they see cases through to the end successfully.
Board Certified lawyers are credible, honest, and only represent credible, honest clients. Lying to the lawyer puts everyone in a destructive position. A lawyer’s reputation is at stake if their credibility comes into question. This is why top lawyers are experts in determining which clients are credible, and deserve representation, and which ones belong with the liars.
Finally, #1: Contingency in Personal Injury is normal, and clients should know it!
Personal Injury lawyers work on contingency. That means, the lawyer will not make any money unless the client recovers compensation. Lawyers who advertise “no fee up front” are not being honest with clients. The field of Personal Injury widely accepts contingency as a common practice. Thus, due to it’s acceptable ethics, there is no need to advertise it.
Lawyers who advertise “free legal representation” are a red flag to find another firm: ASAP!
Credibility should speak for itself
At the end of the day, it’s lack of credibility, false promises and lack of experience that can kill a case. Victims who end up stuck with a “paper pusher” will often receive the least amount of money. That’s money meant to better their quality of life! These clients often do not have the resources to seek out a better accident lawyer.
With the resources we provide within this article, our readers now have the knowledge to place themselves in the hands of a Board Certified lawyer. Remember: it’s all about credibility, credibility, credibility!