We all wish life could somehow be less hectic during the holidays, but unfortunately life stresses don’t take a break, not even for Christmas and New Year’s. Accidents and injuries are just as likely to happen at this time of year as any other, and understandably, many people facing personal injuries around the holidays just want their cases to be over. They hire the first attorney they come across, often someone nearby, only to later realize they made the wrong choice.
Regardless of the situation, it is almost always better to take the time to find a qualified attorney with expertise in accidents similar to yours, and this may not always be the firm up the street. I’ll tell you more below about when and how location matters–or doesn’t–depending on your case. And remember: if you need a reliable personal injury attorney in New York or New Jersey, Buttafuoco & Associates can help.
Should I Hire Local?
Deciding whether to hire a hometown attorney or someone whose practice is miles away was once a no-brainer. Before technology allowed us to fax or email documents or talk face-to-face on a video call, working with a lawyer from out of town could be complicated, time-consuming, and frustrating. But with today’s technological advancements, nearly every step in the legal process can be handled without leaving home. The benefit of this is that people have the opportunity to choose a lawyer that is truly right for their case, rather than simply hiring whoever is nearby.
Some people worry that without relying on referrals from friends and family, they could be hiring “just anyone,” but the internet has a wealth of resources that allow potential clients to find out everything they need to know about their lawyer.
By looking at reviews, you may even get a more honest opinion than you would get by asking those close to home. Each case is different, and each person works best with a different type of lawyer, so seeking out someone who has expertise in cases like yours, and who you like and trust, is both possible and essential in the year 2020.
Since we opened our firm, Buttafuoco & Associates has traveled across the states of New York and New Jersey to meet with clients on the types of personal injury cases we specialize in. Today, we continue to travel to represent clients and provide litigation for cases with which we have vast experience.
What to Look for in a Lawyer
Here are some questions you should always asked yourself when seeking legal help, whether locally or outside your immediate vicinity:
- What do other clients say about the attorney?
- Does the attorney have experience in cases like yours?
- Is the lawyer familiar with the legal system in your area, or others like it? (For example, if you are from a large county, have they worked in these places before?)
- Has the lawyer worked on cases in your court, and are they familiar with and respected by local prosecutors?
- How long have they been in practice?
In most states, the most respected lawyers will travel across the state to practice, and New Jersey is no different. Something important to note is that a lawyer who has been in practice in the state for a long time is likely to have experience in many counties, which means they have relationships with prosecutors and judges in these places as well. Needless to say, this type of familiarity can often help your case.
Before choosing a lawyer, do your research and think about what matters most to you. In personal injury cases, it is essential to work with a lawyer who will fight for your rights and to get you the compensation you deserve, and who has a reputation for being able to do that for others.
Buttafuoco & Associates: Helping Clients Across New York and New Jersey
Buttafuoco & Associates has offices across the country, including New York and in New Jersey. We frequently travel throughout New Jersey for litigation, and have the credentials to work cases there as well as in New York.
With special expertise in medical malpractice, severe car accidents, and major personal injury cases, we have worked across these states to bring justice to accident victims everywhere. To learn more about our firm, get in touch with us for a free consultation.