Personal Injury Lawyers
How to choose an Alaska personal injury
lawyer for your case can be a tricky subject. It is first advisable
to check out the section on personal injury
lawyers for general guidelines on how to pick out an attorney
who is a good fit for your case.
In choosing an Alaska personal injury lawyer
there may be some particular challenges not faced in other states.
For instance, Alaska is ranked 47th in population with less than
¾ million people in the entire state.
This is less than some big cities in some states,
so the pool of Alaska personal injury attorneys, from which to
choose, is naturally smaller. In addition, Alaska is isolated
among the states so choosing a personal injury attorney from a
bordering state is not an option.
Some Alaska personal injury lawyers, do however, have offices
in both Alaska and one other non-bordering state such as Washington
or Oregon, but for practical reasons choosing a personal injury
lawyer in state will generally be more prudent.
Because Alaska is one of the least populated states,
there are also fewer personal injury cases to go around. For instance,
Alaska averages only 2 fatal car crashes per year, so an Alaska
personal injury lawyer specializing in this field may just go
hungry if they were not to branch out into other areas as well.
According to the Alaska State Bar, there is a total of 2,349
active attorneys in the state and of which 801 are female. This
number is for total attorneys and does not specify how many are
Alaska personal injury lawyers. The number of actual Alaska personal
injury lawyers fares to be far less.
The Alaska State Bar is one credible option for finding a personal
injury lawyer in the state. The DMV oddly enough also has some
In order to qualify your Alaska personal injury lawyer as one
that you'd like to work with it is important to interview and
screen them. Asking how long they've worked in Alaska will be
helpful along with finding out how well they know the personal
injury laws within the state.
You may even wish to throw out some Alaska personal injury case
law to see if your prospective lawyer is on their toes. You can
ask your Alaska personal injury lawyer about Ausec (Kirkevold)
v. Mitchell, which is a personal injury case about scuba tank
negligence. Or you may wish to quiz them about Ellison v. H.C.
Price, which is a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Plumbers
and Steamfitters Union Local 375 by a female who was working as
a pipe fitter. If your prospective personal injury lawyer is unaware
about these two cases, it may or may not be a red flag, but your
prospective Alaska attorney should know about this next case.
Evans v. State of Alaska is a case against the state by those
who say they have been negatively impacted by medical malpractice
legislation. This is famous Alaskan personal injury case law that
has gone on for years, and of which your attorney should be very
Remember when investigating Alaska personal injury lawyers, be
sure to not only choose one that is well-qualified and on top
of things, but also choose one in which you have good rapport.
Good chemistry and understanding is important especially during
a long trial.