Drum roll, please. The winner is John Day. Recently, the Nashville Business Journal awarded John the 2016 Best of the Bar Award in the category of Litigation and Dispute. The Nashville Business Journal took nominations from the public and then voting ensued. Of course, John is proud of this award and the other awards and recognition he has received over the years. But perhaps one of the best things about receiving certain awards is it can help injury victims decide which attorney to hire for their accident case as awards generally help folks have some confidence in the skills of the person they are hiring. And while awards are one factor you should consider when hiring a lawyer, here are some other things you should consider before hiring an attorney for your accident case:
- Do you like and trust the lawyer? This person is going to be helping you through a difficult time in your life and you are placing a significant problem in their hands. What is your gut level reaction to them? Do you want this person representing you in a courtroom?
- What do former clients have to say about the lawyer? Would they hire them again or recommend them to a friend or family member? We are very proud of the relationships we have with our clients and the praise we have received from our former clients and everyday we strive to earn it.
- Does your lawyer know injury law? From time to time, most of us will need some type of lawyer whether it be for a will, a business deal, a real estate transaction, etc. But law is a lot like medicine. You would not hire a dermatologist to perform heart surgery. So for almost all accident cases, you want to hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on injury law. John Day wrote the book on injury law. In fact, he has written several and you can see them here.
- Does the lawyer have a history of disciplinary problems? While there are frivolous complaints filed against lawyers, if the lawyer has a long history of complaints and, more importantly, if the Board of Professional Responsibility has actually meted out discipline, this could be a red flag and is something you should consider carefully.
- What do other lawyers say about the lawyer you are considering hiring? Most attorneys can generally tell you who is regarded as being at the top of a particular field. So if you worked with a lawyer for a business deal, a will or other legal matter, ask them about the lawyer your are thinking of hiring or inquire about who they think would be best to hire for your injury case.
These are just five tips to help you find the best lawyer for your injury case. We have a much more thorough list on our website at: How To Select A Personal Injury Lawyer. So take a little time. Do a little research. Of course, we hope you will consider us. John Day’s bio and professional honors and awards can be viewed by clicking on this link. Then, if you have any questions, just give us a call. We will be happy to review your injury case with you and help you understand your legal options. We do not charge anything to discuss your case with you. And, if we think we can help you and you decide to hire us, we only get paid if we recover money for you. Call us any time at 615-742-4880 (Nashville office) or 615-867-9900 (Murfreesboro office) or toll-free at 866-812-8787.