Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer

Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer

The loss of a loved one in a sudden and unexpected accident can turn your life upside down. You may not know where to turn or what to do next. You probably have many questions about you and your family’s future: what the impact your loved one’s death will have on your financial future, how long a case will take to get resolved, and so forth. The information below is intended to assist you in hiring the best Lodi wrongful death lawyer for your case.

Specializing in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law is Important

If you find yourself speaking with a lawyer whose specialty area is tax law, you should probably not hire them for your wrongful death case. Specialization is critically important in the practice of law since many attorneys require years of intensive experience to become truly effective litigators. Attorneys who focus on personal injury and wrongful death cases understand the complex aspects of this area of law, many have tried various types of these cases in local Lodi courthouses and know which jurisdictions may provide the best outcome for your case. You want the best legal representation possible and experience in a particular area of law is an important aspect of the quality of legal representation.

Case Management and Client Attention are Important Considerations

This is an important question because you should have an attorney who will be responsive to your questions and concerns. If the prospective attorney has a crushing caseload, this is an indicator that you may not get the care and attention you deserve. On a related note, you should ask the lawyer how quickly they take to respond to e-mail and phone calls. You should also ask if their paralegal or legal assistant will be the primary point of contact or if you will be able to get the attorney on the phone when you need them.

Malpractice Insurance is a Must to Protect You and Your Case

It is critical that your attorney is protected by malpractice insurance. Think of malpractice insurance as a security blanket for your claim. This type of insurance not only protects the lawyer’s finances but protects you and your wrongful death case. For example, if your attorney makes a case-ending error like failing to file your lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, you have the ability to continue your pursuit of a financial recovery. But it will be with your lawyer’s malpractice insurance company. You can pursue similar damages but in the context of the missed financial recovery that could have been obtained if the error was not committed.

Litigation Experience is Essential when Hiring a Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer

Specialization is important, but an actual track record of success is more important. You need to ask about the lawyer’s rate of success in reaching sizable settlements and jury verdicts in cases similar to yours. If you are speaking to a lawyer who has never actually tried a case in front of a jury, you should consider looking elsewhere for representation. You need a lawyer who is not afraid to file suit and take your case all the way to a trial by jury.

No Financial Recovery, No Legal Fee Policy

If a personal injury and wrongful death lawyer are attempting to charge you an hourly fee or some big retainer fee, you should look elsewhere for representation. Why? Because the vast majority of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer’s pay is contingent upon them securing a settlement or verdict in your favor. This properly aligns the incentives between you and your lawyer. Both of you want to achieve a successful outcome in the case.

You and Your Lawyer are Partners in this Process

When you hire an attorney, there is an agreement that both you and your lawyer enter into stating the scope of representation. This is a contract with stipulations and requirements. If you breach this agreement and decide to hire another lawyer, there may be ramifications (though it depends largely on where in the case you decide to leave your current firm). This is why you need to make sure you ask for a copy of the agreement and are aware of its provisions.

Most importantly, do you feel confident with your attorney and their legal team? This is a critical question you need to ask yourself. This is your case and you will need to be an active participant in achieving a successful outcome.

Keep in mind, there is no pressure to sign an agreement during the consultation. You have every right to take the necessary time to make the right decision. If you leave the consultation with more questions than answers and you have a general sense of unease, consider interviewing another attorney before agreeing to sign anything.

You Need to Find the Right Lawyer For You

The reason you need to ask the above-described questions is that the lawyer you choose can make a tremendous impact on the outcome of your case. With the right lawyer fighting for you, your chances of getting the settlement or verdict for your harms and losses increase significantly.

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Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer Ed Smith
Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer

I'm Ed Smith, a Lodi wrongful death lawyer. The loss of a loved one can be life altering and is always devastating. That pain can be made much worse when the loss comes completely unexpectedly and is caused by someone else's carelessness. If anyone in your family or a close loved one has suffered fatal injuries due to the negligence of another, call me today at (209) 227 1931 or you can reach me toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. My consultation holds no obligation and strictly is to learn more about your situation and to decide the best way to move forward.

Feel free to browse my past verdicts and settlements.

My past clients have also written many reviews about my work with them that can be found on the following websites:

I have been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for the California section. This forum includes injury lawyers who have been rated as the top trial lawyers in the country. Each attorney in our membership has settled cases or won verdicts of $1 Million Dollars or more.

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Client Reviews
  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
    Sincerely, Alex & Dinah M. ★★★★★
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation. Beverly ★★★★★
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