With the passing of Valentine’s Day this month, we’ve been thinking about love, core values, forming lasting relationships – and how a client should feel good about the relationship with their personal injury attorney. Yes, there are many fish in the sea. And there are many personal injury lawyers in Rhode Island. How do you choose? The relationship should begin by evaluating the core values of your personal injury law firm.
#1: Love All
Start with compassion. Is the attorney you meet with interested, engaged and compassionate about your plight? You really want to feel the love. Is your personal injury attorney willing to make time for you? You should be made to feel that no one is as important as you.
Then there is the “your place or theirs” issue. If you are unable to make it to the law office, is your attorney willing to meet you at a convenient time and place? If you are injured or otherwise incapable of meeting them at their place, the lawyer should be willing to come to you. While you’re not expecting flowers and chocolates, you should expect that your personal injury attorney should make every effort to accommodate you.
We’ve mentioned this before. For many big personal injury firms in Rhode Island, the name brand lawyer is not the one the client ever gets to meet, talk to, or have handle his or her case. Choose a firm where the lead attorney has a personal interaction with you – rather than just a face on commercials.
#2: Stand Up To Insurers
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as it takes to settle your case, you should feel like you are the attorney’s priority. That will demonstrate a clear sign that the personal injury attorney you hire will fight for you and stand up to insurers. Ideally, you want a personal injury lawyer who has fought and won against some of the biggest insurance companies like Progressive, Allstate, and Geico.
You want an attorney with integrity – one that has helped personal injury victims recover millions of dollars and perhaps as important, helped thousands in Rhode Island and Massachusetts recover after a car accident and acts of negligence. It’s a great sign when that attorney is trusted by lawyers, doctors, and others to fight for justice in obtaining medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation that big insurance will not even reveal to you.
Finally, what’s the family like? Consider the staff camaraderie. Does it seem like a friendly, caring and cohesive team? Do they seem to share the same core values of client service and interest in you as a client? Do they exhibit integrity and professionalism? If not, these are deal breakers.
Contact Attorney Michael Bottaro and our team at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC. We are confident that we will meet and exceed your expectations as your personal injury attorney in Rhode Island.