When someone suffers a brain injury, they need the best lawyer they can find. This article addresses what you can do to make the right choice. In South Carolina and across the nation, injured people are inundated with television commercials from lawyers making implicit promises of fast money. No matter how catchy the slogan or how grand the promise, I do not think TV ads are a good way to choose a lawyer for a serious claim. Rather than commercials, I suggest using the following criteria to make the best choice for your case:
- The attorney’s knowledge of and experience with head injury cases. Is the attorney a member of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) litigation group? Does the attorney have a proper understanding of neuroscience and neuropsychology? For instance, does he/she recognize that a frontal lobe injury may produce significantly different effects than trauma to the occipital lobe?
- Will the lawyer invest the proper resources in the case? In other words, is the attorney committed enough to the case to hire the necessary experts? A traumatic brain injury case can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in expert fees to obtain a fair result. Along with neurologists, TBI cases may require economists (to establish lost earning capacity), lifecare planners (to project future medical expenses), and other trained professionals to make sure you are properly compensated for every harm and loss a negligent party caused.
- Is the attorney the type of person you would want to have in your home? Contrary to popular belief, you should like and trust your lawyer – especially in a brain trauma case. These cases require the lawyer, client, and the client’s family to spend a significant amount of time together. The lawyer must gain insight as to what the injured person was like before, as well as the full effects of the accident, if he/she is going to be able to present the case with sufficient force, passion, and understanding. You better like the attorney if you are going to spend time with him/her.
When searching for a top brain injury attorney in South Carolina, be sure to take these factors into account. Choosing a lawyer can be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Do the proper research, ask lots of questions, and please do not sign any contracts until you confirm that the attorney has the knowledge, resources, experience, and character you are looking for. If you are interested in learning more about my qualifications, call me at (803) 790-2800.