Do You Need A Lawyer?
The decision to hire a Utah personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one have been injured by a dog is an important one. Failure to hire an attorney can result in not receiving the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and future medical needs. Even if you are not sure if you need an attorney, it is always wise to at least consult with an experienced Utah attorney to evaluate your options. Most attorneys that do this type of work will talk to you for free. If they do take your case, most will accept these types of cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing up front and only pay the attorney if you receive money on your case. The attorney’s fee is generally a percentage of the recovery.
While every case is different, and no reputable and experienced attorney would guarantee specific results, people with lawyers generally receive much larger settlements than those without. This is even taking into account attorneys fees. Often, an attorney is required to evaluate the merits of your case, assess a fair value, and put appropriate legal pressure on the insurance company to pay what is fair. Litigation (filing a lawsuit) is sometimes, but not always, necessary. A lawyer can walk you through this often complicated process.
How Do You Choose the Right Injury Lawyer?
First and foremost, you want an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in Utah personal injury law. Where did they attend law school? How long have they been practicing law? Have they successfully handled similar cases? These are the types of questions you should ask.
In addition, you want an attorney who is available and willing to answer your questions. You want an attorney you get along with and trust. You want to be assured that your claim will be personally handled by a lawyer and not a paralegal in the firm. Often the only way to determine these things is to meet with the attorney in person.
Many Utah dog bite lawyers will meet with you and talk to you for free. This is an ideal time to get a sense for the attorney and decide if you think you could work well together.
Finally, don’t simply rely on advertising to make your decision. Attorneys who advertise extensively are not necessarily better than those who don’t. Having commercials and billboards does not necessarily mean that attorney will give your case the personal time and attention it deserves, nor does it mean that attorney is “successful.”
If you or a loved one have been attacked and injured by a dog in Utah, please feel free to contact Utah injury attorney Jared Faerber at the Faerber Law Firm, PC (801) 943-1005, for a free, no obligation, consultation to see if he is the right attorney for your case.