How Should One Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer to Represent Them?

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Since 1974, we at Terrell Hogan have been diligently representing injured parties and their families to receive just and fair compensation for injuries caused by careless individuals, companies, medical entities, and even the United States Government. We know and understand what it means to be a full-service, full-time personal injury law firm serving the needs of Floridians. Our legal track record of handling over 6,000 cases and recovering over 162 million dollars for injured clients is a testament to our experience, veracity, and legal expertise as a full-service personal injury law firm, both in and out of court.

The following is our definition of a full-service personal injury law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to individuals who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful actions of others. We know there are many personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville FL to choose from, our advice is, to choose wisely.

 Here are some key aspects of a law firm such as ours:

  1. Expertise in Personal Injury Law: A reputable full-service personal injury law firm will have a team of experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injury law. They possess in-depth knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and legal precedents related to personal injury cases. At Terrell Hogan, our expertise goes even further, with legal experts adept at many complex legal issues involving, wrongful death, asbestos exposure, medical malpractice errors, complex traffic, and semi-truck injury cases, and even nursing home abuse and neglect.
  2. Case Evaluation and Consultation: A personal injury law firm will offer free initial consultations to evaluate the viability of a potential case. They will listen to the details of the client’s situation, assess the merits of the case, and provide legal advice on how to proceed.
  3. Investigation and Gathering Evidence: A crucial aspect of personal injury cases is collecting evidence to establish liability and prove the extent of damages. A full-service law firm will have resources and a network of professionals, such as accident reconstruction experts and medical specialists, to conduct thorough investigations and gather evidence. We employ many such experts and even have a medical doctor who is also an attorney on staff.
  4. Legal Representation: A personal injury law firm will represent clients throughout the legal process. This includes filing legal documents, negotiating with insurance companies or opposing parties, and advocating for the client’s rights and interests in settlement negotiations or in court.
  5. Comprehensive Case Management: A full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of a client’s case, including dealing with insurance claims, managing communication with all relevant parties, coordinating medical treatments, and ensuring all deadlines and legal requirements are met.
  6. Damages Assessment and Compensation: A key responsibility of a personal injury law firm is accurately assessing the damages suffered by the client. This includes not only current medical expenses and lost wages but also projecting future medical costs, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages. The firm will work to ensure clients receive fair compensation for their losses.
  7. Trial Experience: While most personal injury cases are settled out of court, some may proceed to trial. A full-service law firm should have trial experience and skilled litigators who can effectively present a case before a judge and jury if necessary. As experienced trial lawyers, one of Terrell Hogan’s many strengths is that we will proceed to trial if a fair and equitable settlement has not been reached. Terrell Hogan is one of the most experienced and successful trial litigators in Florida and as such most insurance companies recognize we will be formidable opponents.
  8. Client Communication and Support: A reputable law firm will prioritize clear and consistent communication with clients. They should keep clients informed about the progress of their case, promptly respond to their questions and concerns, and provide emotional support during what can be a challenging time.
  9. Contingency Fee Arrangement: All Florida personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only collect legal fees if they successfully recover compensation for their clients. This arrangement ensures that legal representation is accessible to individuals who may not have the financial means to pay upfront or the means to risk payments for a claim that is not successfully proven. Personal injury attorneys assume all of the risk associated with a PI case making their decision to take a case usually done on merit.
  10. Resources and Professional Network: A full-service personal injury law firm may have access to a range of resources and a network of experts to support their client’s cases. This can include medical professionals, investigators, expert witnesses, and specialists in various fields who can provide valuable insights and testimony.

Why Choose the Personal Injury Law Firm of Terrell Hogan?

If you or a loved one have been injured through the careless actions of another, remember when considering a law firm to represent your interest do the research and choose a full-service reputable firm that aligns with your specific needs and goals. Never make an unqualified decision based on advertisements, claims of being the largest firm, or a firm that will take any case if it thinks it can recover even a small award.

Remember, only 3%-5% of personal injury cases ever make it to trial which means if awards are made, a settlement was reached. Many times, the difference between receiving a significant award or one which the parties just agreed to, depends on the attorney you choose. A Fair Settlement is No Accident. If you are looking for one of the top personal injury law firms in Jacksonville FL to represent your interests, look no further than Terrell Hogan.

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Laura Hack

Laura Hack

Laura Hack is a paralegal with Terrell • Hogan. She has been with the firm since 1996 and has worked primarily for Wayne Hogan. She is an experienced Paralegal with 30+ years of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Appeals, Civil Trial Litigation Support, Torts, Trial Practice, and Pleadings.