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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer by Patricia Santucci

Definition of personal injury

According to Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary, personal injury is a legal term for an injury not to property, but to the body, mind, or emotions. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of lawsuit on behalf of someone whose injury has been caused by the negligence of another party, but also arises in acts of slander or libel.

Personal injury legal services

Many law firms, large and small, or individual practicing lawyers (or simply “personal injury lawyers”) will specialize in providing legal services and litigation related to personal injury cases.

A personal injury lawyer is a professional who provides legal representation to a person who claims to have suffered bodily or emotional injury as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity. Personal injury lawyers are especially knowledgeable and experienced in the area of tort law. Tort law cases cover personal or commercial negligence and economic or non-economic damages to a person, a person’s property, reputation or rights.

Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing a personal injury lawyer can be a challenge. How do you know which lawyer is most likely to protect your rights? Who will give you the best possible representation? The key is finding someone with experience, who genuinely cares about you, and has the knowledge to not only navigate the complexities of the system, but also brings together a competent team of other professionals including but not limited to Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Speech Therapists, Rehabilitation Consultants and Vocational Specialists dedicated to providing the services and consultations necessary to help you recover from the injury.

For example, my law firm provides just that kind of legal representation. My clients know first-hand that I am willing to work hard on a case, and that I’m able to assemble a competent and caring team in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Experience matters in personal injury litigation

Prospective clients should look for a lawyer that has experience litigating personal injury cases. Experience gives a lawyer something to fall back on when they are involved in difficult cases. Personal injury cases are very fact-dependent. This means that each one is going to have twists and turns that can make it difficult to settle. Insurance companies spend a great deal of time and money delaying or outright preventing successful outcomes for plaintiffs. Lawyers can leverage their experience in these situations. They can recall a strategy that was successful in the past in order to give you the advantage.

Client service is important

One of the most underrated qualities of a good lawyer is dedication to the clients’ needs. Some lawyers are so overwhelmed with other cases that they lose sight of this. Often, the clients’ case file is handed off to lesser-experienced lawyers or even law clerks within the firm.

This is not the kind of lawyer you need, especially when spending most of your time and energy trying to restore a normal life.

You need a lawyer that cares deeply about your case; who can give your case the attention that it deserves both before litigation and in the period leading up to and including the trial or settlement.

Personal injury litigation knowledge is the key

The lawyer you choose can affect whether or not you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering or other losses. A knowledgeable lawyer will work hard to research every issue to build a strong case. This is something to consider when deciding whom to hire. Santucci Personal Injury Law brings this care, attention and dedication to your case. Contact Santucci Personal Injury Law today for a free consultation.

About the Author Patricia Santucci

Patricia Santucci is a personal injury lawyer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds several degrees having attended King’s College at the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Windsor and an Ontario Teaching Degree from Teacher’s College as well as her Ontario Teaching Certificate. After graduating from the University of Alberta law school she was called to the bar in 2000. You can find Patricia on and LinkedIn or directly through this website