BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT? HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT INJURY LAWYER…
Make sure your trial attorney has actually had a trial. Many lawyers hold themselves out to be “trial attorneys,” in one way or another. Some make the claim that they are not afraid to take your case to trial; others say that they have what it takes to win your case; still others directly call themselves “trial lawyers.” Really, it is quite simple: an attorney is not a trial attorney if they have not tried a civil or criminal case, in front of a judge or jury. Just because an attorney says they are not scared of a courtroom or claims they have the ability to produce success there, does not mean that the lawyer has, in fact, handled a trial. I encourage you to ask the attorney you are interviewing how many cases they have tried and, maybe more importantly, how many trials they have won. Because, if the lawyer is not a true trial attorney, what does the insurance company have to fear in playing hardball with your claim?
Is an ultra-aggressive attorney who promises to settle your case quickly really want you want? Barring exceptional circumstances, an auto accident, workers’ compensation or personal injury claim should not be resolved until the injured person has fully recovered from their injuries or reached maximum medical improvement (they are as good as they are going to get). One of the most important factors, when evaluating a claim for settlement, is to have a full appreciation for what the future holds or may hold for the injured person. Otherwise, if the claim is resolved when there are unknowns, pertaining to potential future symptoms, functional deficits and/or medical treatment, the settlement amount will not fully compensate the injured person for the effects the accident has had and will have on their life. So, if a lawyer promises you a quick or expedited resolution of your case, is this the best thing for you and your family?
Don’t settle (figuratively)…period. Each and every person who pursues an injury claim deserves to have the best legal representation possible. From the moment you enter their office, the environment and staff should be professional, warm and welcoming. When you meet with the lawyer, you should not feel rushed or limited in relating your story; instead, you should be able to spend as much time as you want and need, discussing your case, asking questions and obtaining insight and advice. Last, but not least, if you do not feel completely comfortable and have some peace of mind by the time your initial meeting with the attorney ends, chances are that nothing will change during the course of their representation of you.
Attorney Anthony Georgelis has successfully managed numerous trials in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. He also has handled hundreds of hearings before Lancaster County District Justices and thousands of workers’ compensation hearings before Lancaster’s workers’ compensation judges. Attorney Georgelis has earned millions of dollars for his Lancaster accident and injury clients through meticulous preparation and aggressive prosecution in judicial proceedings. While lump sum settlements are common, insurance companies will not make a fair monetary offer to settle your claim unless your lawyer is court-tested and court-proven. Do not get fooled by lawyers who make claims of settling cases quickly, as, many times, this means that they are not getting the full value of these claims for their clients. Insurance companies and their attorneys know which injury lawyers will go the distance for their clients, and the value of their settlement offers are reflected by this knowledge and respect. Let Georgelis Law Firm put their experience, reputation and credibility to work for you.
Michael Georgelis, former President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, spent 22 years serving the people of Lancaster County. Although he retired a few years back and no longer practices, Judge Georgelis actively consults with the injury and accident lawyers at Georgelis Law Firm, helping them recover the compensation that their clients deserve. He possesses an incredibly unique legal perspective, which very few Lancaster car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation firms have: Judge Georgelis knows, first-hand, what it takes for accident attorneys to earn large settlements and recoveries for their injured clients by establishing for a judge or jury a strong personal injury case. He has presided over thousands of trials and has seen countless trial lawyers present their cases. Utilizing the perspective he gained over his distinguished judicial career, Judge Georgelis shares his many insights with the legal team at Georgelis Law Firm, helping them maximize the compensation and recoveries for their motor vehicle accident, serious personal injury and workers’ compensation clients.