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Without a lawyer, the scales are tipped against you. Insurance companies employ armies of lawyers and claims adjusters who have far more legal knowledge than most people. If you’ve been injured, you need legal help to tip the balance in your favor.
However, choosing a lawyer is not easy. How do you know which lawyer is the best one for your particular legal matter? Here are a few things we think you should consider when you are searching for a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim:
- Ask about experience.
Years of being a lawyer does not necessarily mean years of experience as a personal injury lawyer. Also, experience in the courtroom is essential; although the vast majority of personal injury claims are never filed in court or tried to a jury, trial experience is absolutely essential to evaluating a personal injury claim and knowing how to handle it. Equally important is knowing how and when to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques, such as mediation, judicial settlement conferences and arbitration.
Doug Lee has over a quarter century of legal experience with thousands of hours in court. He graduated from Tulane Law School in May 1992 and hit the ground running; he tried his first case before a jury four months after graduation – solo – and tried countless jury trials in the months and years thereafter. He has tried criminal and civil cases, tried cases to juries and judges in federal and state courts, privately arbitrated cases before single arbitrators and large panels, and argued cases on appeal. He regularly represents clients for injuries they sustain outside of Mississippi, especially cases arising in Louisiana and Texas.
Doug was also one of the two attorneys who brought the Mississippi case against the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on behalf of Governor Bryant and many private citizens, Bryant v. Holder. In this groundbreaking case, Mississippi became the first state to argue that the ACA violated the fundamental privacy rights that U.S. citizens hold so dear.
Most personal injury cases can be settled without a trial, though, and Mr. Lee has settled a multitude of cases using mediation, judicial settlement conferences, or just plain one-on-one negotiations with lawyers or insurance adjusters without even filing the case in court. He has handled cases in court involving many types of injuries: shattered bones, herniated discs, brain injuries and even injuries resulting death. He has represented people ranging in age from infants and school children to “seasoned citizens” in their 80’s and 90’s. If you have more questions about our experience, please feel free to call.
- Don’t be swayed by “quick check” gimmicks or hokey TV ads.
We strongly believe that the way lawyer advertises can tell you a lot about him – indeed, isn’t that the whole purpose behind attorney advertising? So ask yourself, do you want a lawyer who pretends to catch falling cars in a television commercial, or would you rather have one who has the real strength of character necessary to stand up to multi-billion dollar companies? Do you want a lawyer who insinuates that you’ll get a quick check in a cheesy billboard ad, or one who covenants that he will put in the time and
effort needed to get the best possible result for you?
A legal claim for an injury is a serious thing, and the legal system is not to be taken lightly. If you want silliness hire a clown; if you want your claim to be taken seriously, hire a lawyer who takes the practice of law and the representation of injured people with earnest seriousness.
- Look for someone with extensive trial experience.
Most cases are settled, but not all of them. Often there are issues of damages or liability that require cases to be filed in court. You need an attorney who is not afraid to file cases in order to advance your best interests, and who knows how to handle a case in front of a judge or jury. Doug Lee has extensive jury trial experience, having tried his first case to a jury in August 1992, just a few months after graduating Tulane Law School. Doug knows what it takes to be successful if your case goes to trial.
- Ask about fees.
At Lee Law Firm, we handle all cases on a “contingency fee” basis, which means we charge a percentage of whatever we recover for you. If we recover nothing, then you will owe us nothing; if we recover compensation for you, then we will be paid out of whatever settlement or judgment that we get in your case. This gives us an incentive to work hard to get the best possible result for you, and guarantees that you will never receive a bill from us or owe us anything at the end of your case.
All consultations are free. It doesn’t often happen that free advice is worth more than you pay for it, but with us it is, so feel free to give us a call.
- Ask about effectiveness, and ask about Lee Law Firm.
It takes a lot more work to get a good result on a personal injury case than just making a phone call, and sometimes it is necessary to file a case and pursue it in court. At Lee Law Firm, we make you this solemn promise: we will never try to force you to accept a settlement if you don’t want to. We will never try to make you go to trial or even file a case in court, nor will we refuse to file a meritorious case when that is your wish. We are here to represent you, and while we strive to get the best result possible for you, we will always follow your wishes. At Lee Law Firm, you are the boss, and that is guaranteed.
- We are experienced and ready to help.
Our experience with personal injury cases is extensive. We are ready to answer your questions, and to explain how we can help you with the insurance, medical treatment, wage loss and other problems that are common in personal injury cases. Give us a call at (601) 583-4447, and we’ll make our case to you that no one will work harder to get the result that you need.