Law is not black or white, it's grey


How do I hire a West Palm Beach, Florida personal injury lawyer?


Choosing a personal injury to lawyer to help you is a difficult task.  The billboards on I-95, television, radio ads and internet are filled with personal injury lawyers.  How do you know which one is the right one for your case?  The ads all say the same thing:  “Free consultation”  “Injured?  Call me!”  “No fee if no recovery.”

Seriously.  Does anybody talk about truth, caring about people, fighting for what is right or treating them how they want to be treated?  When choosing a personal injury lawyer you may want to ask yourself:

Do I trust him?

Find someone who you trust.  Trust is probably the single most important factor in choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent you.  Also, you want someone who is honest, listens, and cares about you and your case.

Do I like him?

All things being equal, I do business with people I like.  Take your time and talk with the lawyer in person, if possible.  See if he looks you in the eye, shakes your hand firmly, and makes you feel at ease.   If you can’t meet him in person, see if he will come to your house and see you.  Some lawyers still make house calls.  Go with your gut feeling after speaking with him.  If you don’t feel comfortable, go on to the next one.

Was this lawyer referred to me by someone I trust?

Ask someone you trust for a referral to a personal injury lawyer.  Don't go with an injury law firm only based on advertisements.  Many injury advertisements are not even from law firms.  They are owned by chiropractors who refer you to injury lawyers.  You don't know who you are going to get. 

Does he have experience with injury cases?

Experience is a factor.  You certainly want your lawyer to have some personal injury experience.   

How will he keep in contact with me?

This may be important for your peace of mind.  Who are you going to talk to about your case?  Is it a case manager or a paralegal?  Do you want to have personalized attention and actually speak with the lawyer handling your case?

Will he be a great communicator to a jury?

A great personal injury lawyer listens and gives you straightforward answers to your questions.  Also, he must memorize vast amounts of material, condense it and then effectively communicate it to the jury.  The lawyer must speak plain language to be an effective communicator.  

Does he offer a guarantee as to an outcome?

Beware of lawyers that guarantee a particular result - “I'm going to get you a million dollars on this case!”  While you understandably would want a guarantee as to the outcome, it is unethical for any lawyer to do so.  On the other hand, does the guarantee sound like this - the only thing I guarantee is that I will do everything in my power (legally and ethically) to fight hard for you, communicate with you, and get you the money you deserve.  

Does he have a low-volume practice?

Does the lawyer have the time to devote to your case?  Many personal injury firms that advertise heavily on radio, television, billboards, etc. must have a high-volume of cases.  That's how they pay for all the advertising.  Typically, the lawyers will cherry pick a few cases (worth a lot of money) and only work on those cases.  Secretaries typically do all the work, including negotiating the money you get!  On the other hand, does the lawyer have a low-volume practice?  Can the lawyer give clients the individualized attention that they seek?  Is the lawyer able to work cases up like they should be worked up with such a high-volume?  With a low-volume?

Will THIS lawyer be working on my case?

Some firms only advertise for the cases and then refer out the business to another lawyer.  

Does the lawyer (and only the lawyer) negotiate with the insurance adjuster?

In a high-volume practice, the case managers or secretaries typically negotiate with the adjusters.  Does your case need a lawyer to negotiate money?  Will a secretary do?  

Is this lawyer really a trial lawyer?

Does the lawyer have a proven track record of taking cases to trial?  Many lawyers that call themselves “trial lawyers” have not tried a case in front of a jury in years.  Insurance companies know which lawyers take cases to trial.  Your settlement offer before trial (or even during trial) will reflect that fact.  

Is this lawyer passionate about helping people?    

You’re still reading about how to choose a personal injury lawyer?  Ok, I’ll tell you what my grandpa Paps used to tell me.  Paps was a decorated World War II veteran who stormed the beaches at Normandy.  I lived with my grandparents when I was a teenager and learned a great deal from them.  Anyway, Paps always told me “When I was in the military, they taught us - you have to tell ‘em what you’re gonna tell ‘em, then tell ‘em, and then tell ‘em what you told ‘em.  So here it is:


Find someone who you trust.  Trust is probably the single most important factor in choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent you.  Also, you want someone who is honest, listens, and cares about you and your case.



“Law is not black or white, it's Grey”

West Palm Beach car accident lawyer and Palm Beach personal injury attorney Grey Tesh can handle injury cases all across Florida.