What Should I Look For in a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney?

You’ve been in a truck accident and are looking for an attorney. You know you need one with experience, but worry that you can’t afford a good lawyer. 

The truth is, you can’t put a price on a trustworthy West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our truck accident attorneys in West Palm Beach have everything accident victims are looking for. 

Call us today at (561) 566-5021 or contact us online. We’ll put you in touch with an experienced truck accident lawyer in West Palm Beach for a free, no-obligation case review.

Are you considering our services, or just researching at this stage? If you have injuries from a truck accident, consider the following.

1. General Experience 

Everyone has to start somewhere, no matter what profession they are in. But that doesn’t mean you have to be their first case. Look for an attorney that has a history of successfully handling accident cases.

2. Experience with Truck Accident Claims Like Yours

You should not only look for experience, but an attorney that is experienced in winning cases like yours. Truck accidents have their own unique elements. It won’t be the same as handling a slip and fall case or even a car accident claim. Your attorney needs to be familiar with complex trucking regulations, including hiring parameters and proper maintenance.

Find an attorney with a proven history of winning cases for their West Palm Beach clients.

3. Focus on Personal Injury Cases

Look at the firms of the lawyers you’re researching. What is their focus? You want to find a firm that focuses on either vehicle collisions or larger personal injury cases. If your attorney needs to take on a trucking company or insurance agency, it helps to have a like-minded firm behind them.

4. The Resources to Stand Toe-to-Toe with Big Companies

You don’t have to hire the biggest firm in town, but a larger firm will have more resources. The right firm will be established enough to offer an impressive roster of attorneys with all of the necessary resources. At the same time, they will be competent enough to still offer personalized service. 

5. A Convenient West Palm Beach Law Office Near You

Where is the firm located? Find a firm that is easy enough to commute to. While you will primarily communicate with your truck accident attorney via phone or electronically, you may have to travel to their office.

You also want a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney who is a familiar face in local courthouses. Being familiar with administrators and judges allows your attorney to prepare a strategy that has a higher chance of succeeding in your jurisdiction.

6. Just Settlements, Or Actual Trial Experience?

Look for an attorney who has tried cases in court in front of a jury, not just someone who has litigated settlements with insurers. You want someone prepared to take your case to court, if that’s what it takes to secure reasonable compensation for your truck accident damages.

Ask any attorney you are considering whether they have a stronger history of settling or taking cases to court. If they have taken cases to court, have they been successful? 

7. Recognition Among Clients, Peers, and Professional Organizations

You don’t need to find a lawyer with tons of awards, but some will provide proof that the attorney upholds and even exceeds industry standards. Look for awards handed out to local businesses by trusted publications, as well as awards granted by associations like the Florida State Bar.

When you see an award on a website or a wall, you should ask what it was for and who awarded it. While a trophy isn’t the end-all-be-all, recognition from the right sources means your attorney has done something right.

8. Positive Client Reviews

Like any person that offers a service, attorneys are reviewed by the people they have served. Look for a law firm with positive reviews from clients. Don’t worry about one or two negative reviews, since these can represent outlier cases or clients who had unreasonable expectations. Keep an eye out for consistency across criticisms and compliments, as these indicate genuine reviews from real clients. 

9. Communication

How do you prefer to communicate with your attorney? If you have a strong preference, make sure the attorney you choose is comfortable communicating in that manner. 

Ask how your attorney will charge for communication – per email? Per phone call? Will you be charged for updates? Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis and won’t charge for individual services, but it’s not unheard of.

Good communication also includes an attorney who keeps you informed. You should never have to chase your attorney down to find out what is happening with your lawsuit.

10. Personability

You don’t have to like everyone you run across, and that includes your attorney. However, you should at least feel comfortable with the attorney you choose. After all, you’re going to be dealing with this person for several months or longer. 

If you don’t have a good gut feeling about a certain attorney, schedule another consultation at a different firm. Don’t feel like you have to hire the first attorney you speak with.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with Steinger, Greene & Feiner

At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, we have been representing victims of West Palm Beach truck accidents for years. We have the experience necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at (561) 566-5021 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.