This is the next post in our series on the rights of Minnesota personal injury victims. Our last article discussed the progression of an injury case. It is important to understand that the process is lengthy and victims often must be patient. When a victim accepts a quick settlement, he or she may end up with less money than needed for future medical care and other financial losses. In this post we will offer suggestions about what to look for when selecting a Rochester attorney. If you have been injured through another’s negligence, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
If you have suffered a serious injury, it is important that you retain a firm with the financial resources necessary to handle your case. Personal injury lawyers typically advance the expenses associated with litigation. These expenses can be substantial: In cases involving brain injuries, paralysis, or wrongful death, the cost of investigators and experts generally runs into thousands of dollars. If you retain a firm without the resources necessary to front these costs, you run the risk of important aspects of your case not being thoroughly evaluated and developed. For example, an important fact about how the accident * occurred may not be investigated or an expert opinion necessary to prove economic or medical damages may not be obtained. When selecting counsel, inquire about the financial standing and history of the firm.
Many accident victims who respond to TV advertising believe they will be represented by the head of the firm, or at least the firm’s spokesman in the TV ad. They may also believe they will be represented by the whole team of lawyers shown in a group photo or TV shoot. The truth is, however, that most large injury firms operate on a rotation basis as to who will represent the next person who calls in. The first name on the firm’s masthead may actually be a semi-retired partner living most of the year in Florida and the firm may be of the size it is because a large firm’s economics enable substantial advertising in a wider geographical area. The reality is that, except for very complicated, very large cases, you don’t get a team of lawyers when you hire a large firm and, when you call into a large firm, you get the lawyer who is next up in the rotation to represent you. On the other hand, if you pick a law firm that does not specialize in these types of cases, you may end up with a lawyer too inexperienced or undercapitalized to adequately represent you. This is the reason most injury firms tend to be boutique operations, centered on a single, well-financed lawyer, or a small group of lawyers, surrounded by highly skilled staff. In such a setting, a victim knows from the very outset who will represent her.
Our Rochester personal injury attorneys have the resources necessary to deal with large scale cases. We have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of our clients. Our staff has been with us for years and is familiar with handling big cases. Our lawyers take great pride in the level of service we provide to our clients. We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Owatonna, Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, and Albert Lea, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”