Finding The Right Car Accident Lawyer
Not all law firms or lawyers are created equally. Every car accident injury victim should ask the following questions prior to retaining an attorney.
1) Will the lawyer answer phone calls personally?
Most lawyers have several layers of call screening before a client or prospective client gets to speak with an attorney. At the Law Offices of Mitchel S. Drantch, Mr. Drantch answers his phone calls personally and, since he forwards his office line to his mobile phone when he leaves the office, he is readily available to answer your calls during evenings or weekends. Mr. Drantch’s clients have greatly valued his availabilty whenever they call. This level of personal attention to client matters is rare in the legal community and demonstrates Mr. Drantch’s commitment to his clients.
2) Has the attorney been successful at trial?
Many lawyers maintain hundreds of cases and rely upon settling large volumes of them to earn their fees instead of litigating and trying cases, if necessary. The insurance companies track attorneys and know which ones are unlikely to file suit or try cases. As a result their settlement offers are typically lower than those made to clients represented by attorneys who they fear may bring the case to jury trial. Mr. Drantch has been very succesful at trial. As a result he is not forced to try every case and typically receives very fair settlement offers before it becomes necessary to file a law suit.
3) How many cases does the attorney have at any given time?
When an attorney maintains large volumes of cases, there is much more pressure upon the attorney to settle his cases due to the shear time demand if forced to litigate. Again, if the attorney is not litigating a percentage of their cases, they will be less likely to receive satisfactory settlement offers from the insurers. In addition, when the attorney is carrying hundreds of cases it severely limits the ability of the attorney to provide the type of personal attention to which Mr. Drantch has devoted himself. Mr. Drantch’s case load typically ranges between 25 and 50 cases at any given time.
4) How many different areas of practice does the attorney engage in?
Many general practice attorneys will typically handle numerous types of claims including criminal defense, divorce, bankruptcy, real estate, etc. Since the law is quite complex, it is much more difficult for such attorneys to stay on top of the latest legal developments and trends in each area of practice. Mr. Drantch limits his practice to car accident related cases and actually teaches other lawyers in this area of practice through continuing legal education in Colorado.
5) Does the lawyer personally work up litigation files?
Many lawyers including insurance defense attorneys will allow associates and paralegals to prepare their cases for trial and then attempt to rapidly bring themselves up to speed before actually trying the case. Mr. Drantch prides himself upon his meticulous attention to detail in preparing each and every case for trial himself. In doing so, he assures his clients that he knows the case like the back of his hand and thereby has given his clients an edge if their case proceeds to jury trial.
6) Will the attorney represent me for my property damage claim?
Many lawyers are eager to sign up clients for the bodily injury portion of the claim and then abandon their clients with regard to the damage claim for their vehicle. This practice leaves the client without the benefit of effective negotiation on their behalf with regard to one of the more immediate issues confronted by the car accident victim. Mr. Drantch includes this representation on behalf of his clients at no additional cost. On countless occassions, he has settled property damage claims for amounts in excess of what the insurance company offered the client prior to representation.
If you’re looking for an attorney due to injuries suffered in a car accident in which someone else was at fault, call or email Mr. Drantch now.