Any attorney can represent you, but not just any one can do it well. Some have more skill than others, some have more willpower—some have both. When you’ve been hurt in a truck accident on the Capital Beltway or 270, you need an attorney who has both the necessary skills and willpower to go all the way to court to make sure you get the compensation you need. Here are four ways to spot a skilled attorney who can help take your case all the way:
Open Communication Counts
A good attorney will update you on anything new with your case and ask you follow-up questions as needed. You may have reason to worry if your attorney:
- Does not return your phone calls
- Acts evasive
- Refuses to answer your questions
- Has no idea what the defense is doing
Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Be wary if your lawyer cannot tell you anything he or she has done to work on your case in the last month. When a commercial vehicle is involved, you can be sure that the defense is working hard on the case, so you need a lawyer who is equally as dedicated to the case on your behalf.
Slow but Steady Wins the Race
Just because your case is taking a long time doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong. Truck accidents in particular do take longer to investigate, negotiate and settle. So as long as your attorney is working hard and keeping you up-to-date on any new advances or setbacks in your case, you can trust that he or she will get the job done.
When Negotiations Stall, Go to Court
Many cases can be settled out of court, especially if you have an attorney on your side from the beginning. However, both you and your attorney should be prepared to fight to the end if the defense simply won’t budge on a settlement offer that you feel is inadequate. Beware of an attorney who says your case is not worth going to court. While that may be true in some cases, it may also be a sign that the lawyer is simply not confident of his or her skills in the courtroom.
At Nickelsporn and Lundin, we focus on our clients’ wellbeing and prepare every case for trial so that we are ready, should mediation efforts fail. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident on the Beltway or anywhere in Central Maryland, we welcome your call to set up your free consultation. Give us a call and see what we can do for you.