I know most people think it is important to hire a lawyer that lives close to them. There may be some reasons to hire a local lawyer, but almost all of the time it will not be in your best interest. Let me explain why.
The reason you are hiring a lawyer in the first place is to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. The lawyer best equipped to do this will have the most experience and success with the type of accident you were involved in. You wouldn’t want to see a cardiologist for a fractured leg. A local lawyer is forced to handle many different types of matters; estate, bankruptcy, real estate, etc. just to stay in practice. There are simply not enough personal injury cases in a small town for the lawyer to survive. Accordingly, the small town lawyer is a jack of all trades and master of none. You want a lawyer that is a Master of bicycle accident cases. All we do is represent bikers, there is not a local lawyer in the country that can match our success and experience.
Second, the local lawyer may very well represent insurance companies and other parties that you will have to make a claim against. Do you really want a lawyer that may have this conflict of interest?
Many people feel that they can communicate better with a local lawyer. Actually our clients find that they have more access to our lawyers than local ones. First, we actually come to see our clients, since they are injured. It is amazing how many “local lawyers” make clients come to their office. We communicate through email, telephone, Skype, Google hangout, text and of course good old fashioned mail. The same ways you would be communicating with your local lawyer.
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At the end of the day though, the lawyer you choose should be very competent and experienced, he/she should also be a person you feel comfortable with. This is why a free, no obligation phone consultation and/or meeting is so critical. Since no matter how great a person’s skills are if you don’t like him/her it is not a good fit for you.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Andrew Kass – Bicycle Accident Lawyer/ Enthusiast
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