5 Tips to Finding a Lawyer to Help You
A client was driving on Interstate 84 in the rain and began traveling on the off-ramp to go to her son’s home when all of a sudden a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed trying to evade the pursuit of the police slammed into the back end of her vehicle catapulting her vehicle off of the road and down an embankment. Fortunately for her, she was wearing her seat belt and shoulder harness at the time of the crash, but, unfortunately, she was seriously injured causing her to incur severe pain. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be evaluated and treated for her injuries.
While in the hospital as she was convalescing from her injuries, she was contacted by an insurance claim representative who wanted her to sign a blanket authorization. He also asked her to provide him with a recorded statement as to how the accident occurred. She was under heavy sedation at the time she was contacted by the claim representative, and her husband suggested that perhaps the claim representative should contact them later in the week when she was feeling better.
The more they thought about it, the more concerned they became about their options, particularly, when the insurance company began balking about providing them with the reasonable value for the loss of their vehicle which appeared to considered a "total loss."
They decided that they should seek out the advice of an attorney. They made a list of things they thought would be helpful in making their decision as to whom they wanted to talk to regarding their claim. The list included the following:
1. They wanted to meet with an attorney who was willing to provide them with an initial free consultation;
2. They wanted to find an attorney who would represent them on a contingency fee basis so that if they failed to obtain any compensation for their damages, they wouldn’t owe a fee to the attorney or the attorney’s firm for any services rendered;
3. They wanted to find an attorney who had over thirty (30) years of experience as a trial lawyer. They felt that by retaining an experienced attorney that the attorney had the experience and reputation with the insurance company to cut through the red tape to expedite the resolution of their claim, but also had the experience as a trial attorney to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court if the insurance company failed to provide them with fair compensation for their losses;
4. They wanted to find an attorney who would take the time to help them obtain fair compensation for the damage to their vehicle without charging them a fee for that aspect of the claim; and,
5. They wanted to find an attorney who they felt comfortable in working with. Did the attorney appear to be empathetic to their case? Did he listen to them? Did he seem to want to take the case on as if the claim were his very own?
Having started their research online they came across a website at AVVO.com and found a number of attorneys that had a ranking of SUPERB and decided to call and interview them to see if they felt comfortable working with one of them. They found that there were a number of excellent attorneys located in the Treasure Valley, but picking the "right" one for them was obviously predicated upon finding an attorney that they could identify with and one that would clearly define and adopt their goals and objectives as his own.
They called one attorney who claimed to be a trial lawyer, but found out that the attorney they called had never tried a case successfully to verdict. The attorney tried to convince them that he was so good that he never had to try a case to verdict! They called another law firm, but all they were allowed to speak with was a staff member who wasn’t a trial lawyer. They were told that the staff member was a "case manager" for the firm, but again, the person wasn’t the actual attorney who would be assigned to work on the claim.
After contacting a few attorneys, they called Morton Law Offices, Chartered and scheduled a free initial consultation with Boise Trial Lawyer Alan Morton. He spent over an hour talking with them about their case and claim and explained to them what their legal rights and remedies were. They were impressed not only with the depth of his vast experience as a trial lawyer, but also about his concern for them and their claim.
Albeit the majority of cases settle out of court these days, insurance carriers are well aware of which attorneys are capable and willing to take a case to trial if necessary from those who won’t or can’t. If you select an attorney that has a record of never taking a case to trial, the insurance company may conclude that your attorney is incapable of obtaining an equitable result from a jury and may devalue your case accordingly.
Having met with Mr. Morton, they were told that they shouldn’t sign a blanket authorization giving the insurance company a "blank check" in allowing the adverse insurance carrier access to their medical records. Nor should the adverse insurance company be given permission to have ex parte interviews with your medical providers. They were told that, in fact, such a release would give the insurance company a license to engage in a fishing expedition to allow them access to information well beyond what the law allows an adverse insurance companies with respect to any given claim.
They also were informed that they weren’t required to give the other party’s insurance company a recorded statement. That albeit such a request seemed reasonable, the purpose of the recorded statement was designed with the intent to allow the insurance company to obtain information that could be used to deny the claim or significantly reduce the value of the claim. They were befuddled why they were being sought out at the hospital instead of waiting for when the victim of the accident wasn’t under the influence of pain medication. They also thought that they were being pressured to sign documents at a time when they were most vulnerable.
Having met with Boise Trial Lawyer Alan Morton, they knew before meeting with him that he had over 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer. He has represented clients involving a myriad of personal injury and wrongful death cases over the past 3 decades throughout the United States in a variety of personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases. They found his biography and depth of experience is located at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/bio/alan-morton.cfm.
After retaining Mr. Morton as their trial lawyer, they felt throughout the case, that Boise Trial Lawyer Alan Morton had their bests interest at heart and that they interests, goals and objecives were paramount to everything he did on her behalf. Mr. Morton provided them with a status report each month about the case. He provided provided them with his cell phone number and email address so they could contact him after hours if necessary to discuss the merits of their claim.
The clients were advised that although Mr. Morton was a busy trial lawyer he would kindly send them either a letter or an email typically between 24 to 48 hours. Of course, Mr. Morton was also available to schedule interim conferences with them to address any questions or concerns that they had about the case and worked to prepare them for their depositions, if necessary, and/or an independent medical examination. They were also impressed with the care Mr Morton took on their behalf all the while he represented them. Mr. Morton provided the Client with interim status reports which included not only a report as to what had been accomplished during the past 30 days of the case, but also what his plan was for the upcoming 30 to 60 days pertaining to same.
In addition to the manner in which Mr. Morton addressed the claim, the clients were also were pleased with the results he obtained for them.
When you are looking for an attorney to represent you, you should also use a similar checklist in determining who you should retain to help you obtain justice on your behalf. Does the attorney have the experience to help you obtain your goals and objectives? Does the attorney have the record of success? Does he have a list of testimonials from other satisfied clients who have found his work to be outstanding on their behalf?
If you want to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, call Boise Trial Lawyer Alan Morton at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or complete an online contact form. You will find Mr. Morton to be a compassionate man who is interested in helping others seek and obtain justice for the injuries and by so doing help make our homes and communities a safer and better place to live for our children and grandchildren.
Mr. Morton is a father of 5 children and a grandfather of 7. He is also a leader in the Treasure Valley working with children as a coach in optimist football, baseball and basketball as well as a local assistant scoutmaster. By helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death seek accountability for the injuries and damages they have incurred, Mr. Morton seeks to help make those negligent individuals responsible for their decisions thereby making our homes and communities a safer and better place to live.