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.
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 affects 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 really 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 has also 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 our attorneys at Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. put their experience, reputation and credibility to work for you, to help you get the maximum compensation and recoveries for your motor vehicle accident, serious personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.
We can be reached through our website or by phone at 717-394-3004 or 1-800-HURT-NOW.
We will take as long as you need to explain the process, answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease. And if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you!
…and let Georgelis handle everything else. Your peace-of-mind is our priority. While we work our hardest to get you every penny you deserve, relax knowing that Georgelis has your back.