Monday, May 31, 2010

Different types of Las Vegas Personal Injury Cases

In looking for a Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer, you need to know the difference between similar types of lawyers. If you are injured at work, you will need two different lawyers, one for your Las Vegas Personal Injury case and the second for your employment related case. In the employment related case, you will need, what we call in the legal field, a "Worker's Compensation" attorney. The reason for that, is because different laws and procedures govern employment related cases. But, since your case has two parts, you need two lawyers. Although some Las Vegas Lawyers do both areas of law, I recommend using two different lawyers for your case, so you can have an expert in each field.

The second type of case that is typically confused with personal injury cases in the general legal sense is when you are injured as a result of the actions of your doctor. Those types of cases are referred to in what I like to call the "legal world" (as opposed to the "real world", as "Medical Malpractice" cases. In that instance you only need one Las Vegas attorney, one whose specialty is in medical malpractice. Although some Las Vegas Lawyers do both personal injury and medical malpractice, I again recommend hiring a Las Vegas Attorney who specializes in medical malpractice, if you were injured as a result of your doctor's actions.

In the end, you want the best possible Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney for your case. You would not go to the same doctor to deliver a baby and do brain surgery! So, select different Las Vegas lawyers, for your particular needs.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

How do I choose a Las Vegas Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney?

Many people do not personally know a lawyer let alone a personal injury lawyer. Even if you do know a great lawyer, if they are not a personal injury lawyer, do not hire them for your Las Vegas personal injury case. The example I give to people, is that while you may know a wonderful brain surgeon, you would not want that doctor delivering your baby!

I know what you are thinking: How do I go about choosing a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer? The answer: Ask your prospective Las Vegas personal injury lawyer how many years have they been practicing in the field of personal injury. They may have a decade of experience, but if it is not in the personal injury and car accidents realm, do not hire them for your personal injury case.

Another very important question to ask is the number of Las Vegas personal injury cases they have handled. It may be great that they have been “doing” personal injury for 10 years, but if they have only handled 5 accident cases, you may not want them doing further experimentation on your case. In a related vein, you should ask your potential Las Vegas personal injury attorney, what percentage of their current practice is related to injury cases. You want an attorney whose law practice is one third to 100% personal injury. Next time, we will talk about other areas related to personal injury, but which are really separate areas of practice: medical malpractice and worker’s compensation cases.