How do I choose the best personal injury lawyer?

By: Zack Hendon | Posted on: June 25, 2015 3:20 pm

There is not a “best” lawyer for personal injury cases in Georgia. The truth is there are dozens of very good attorneys in the greater Atlanta area that could represent you. The best lawyer for you may ultimately depend on the personal feel you get after speaking with the attorney and determining his or her qualifications.

There are several characteristics you should look for to help you determine if the attorney you are speaking with has the ability and determination to handle your case and maximize your recovery:

The Characteristics of a Good Personal Injury Lawyer.

Recognized as a good lawyer.

The attorney should be recognized by his peers with excellent ratings on Martindale-Hubbell.com and AVVO.com. Zack Hendon has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell (highest available which is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence) and he is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (highest available).

Specialized in the area of law.

The attorney should specialize in the injury area of the law. If the attorney practices in other areas should as bankruptcy, wills and estates, or divorce, he or she probably does not have the expertise to effective handle a personal injury trial from start to finish, much less get the best result. The Hendon Law Firm, LLC specializes only in injury law.

Experience in handling cases like yours.

The attorney should have at least 10 years of experience in handling accident and injury cases. Zack Hendon has over 30 years of experience in handling injury cases. Furthermore, it is extremely helpful if the attorney has part of his experience representing insurance companies because such an attorney knows how the other side thinks. Zack Hendon spent 20 years representing major insurance companies.

It is a plus if the attorney speaks at seminars. Zack Hendon is a regular speaker at injury law seminars.

Actively involved in continuing education and professional development.

The attorney should be actively involved in bar association activities that show leadership in the area of the law in which he practices. Zack Hendon is an active member of GTLA (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association). He is also a member and officer of the CTLA (Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association). He is a member and director of WCCL (Worker’s Compensation Claimant’s Lawyers division of GTLA).

Dedicated to helping you.

The attorney must be willing to devote whatever time and resources are necessary to prepare the case for trial. The Hendon Law Firm, LLC does not take a high volume of cases specifically so that the proper attention can be devoted to every case.

Lives and works in the area.

Do not hire a lawyer just because you saw him or her on a flashy television advertisement. Some of these lawyers do not even live in this state. Many of these television attorneys carry caseloads of 700 clients per attorney or more. A lawyer with a caseload of 700 clients will not have time to talk to you, much less devote the amount of time required to give your case its full value.