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California Personal Injury Lawyers

California personal injury lawyers claim to be the most numerous in the nation. And, why not since California is the world's 5th largest economy, hosting 36 million people, which is one-third larger than the next largest state (Texas). Since the state is so large, choosing a California personal injury lawyer may be a daunting task for many.

 

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As of 2005, there were 150,000 total practicing lawyers in California (about 1/3 the population of Washington DC).

For those who have been injured, it is wise to first check out the page on personal injury lawyers, which will answer general questions on how to pick out a qualified attorney. Once that task has been accomplished, then return to this page for more specific information on how to pick out a qualified California personal injury lawyer.

In picking out a personal injury attorney in California it is preferable to choose one who works in the same district in which the accident took place and has spent some time in this location and knows the local laws, customs and court procedures. California is one of the most diverse states in the nation ethnically and politically.

The ethnic make up and politics of Northern and Southern California varies from each other and may have an impact on choice of lawyers. Even within the same region, there is much variation. For instance, Los Angeles is known for being a liberal county, but the neighboring Orange County, particularly the northern section is conservative. Choosing a California personal injury lawyer who knows the nuances of the counties and has worked for a long time within these districts can be an advantage if a case goes to trial.

Since California has the most choices in personal injury lawyers, one doesn't have to settle for a lawyer who does not specialize in this field as one may have to in say Alaska or North Dakota or another less populated state. Ask the prospective California personal injury lawyer how long they have lived and worked in the district. Find out how many times they have been to trial within the district and what their success rate is.

Most people will know about the famous California personal injury trial Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric since it was played out in the movie "Erin Brockovich" staring Julia Roberts. The prospective California personal injury lawyer should not only be very familiar with this case but will other personal injury cases as well. You may wish to quiz the prospective attorney about cases such as Lackner v. North (2006) involving a skiing accident, Christie v. City of El Centro (2006) involving a car accident, police misconduct and false imprisonment, or a more famous and important case such as Aas v. Superior Court (2000), which limited the scope of potential recovery by plaintiffs in construction defect cases.

Once you've narrowed the choices to a few personal injury attorneys, then check with the state bar to see if your prospects have been disciplined, when and why. California has one of the most advanced disciplinary systems in the nation for lawyers and is the only state with independent professional judges ruling on attorney disciplinary cases. This means that much information can be garnered about whether administrative or disciplinary actions have been taken toward the prospective personal injury lawyer. A person can even check when the lawyer was admitted to the bar and where the lawyer went to undergraduate school and law school.

Since the two biggest complaints against California personal injury lawyers by their clients have been failure to perform and failure to communicate, these two areas need to be checked out in advance as much as possible. Checking references would be one method to investigate performance. Simply talking with the lawyer will be an effective way to see if they are good communicators. Is the personal injury lawyer effective in making his / her points? Do they listen? Is there a good rapport? Does your prospective California lawyer exhibit good people skills? If not, then the lawyer may not be an effective mediator with the insurance company or an effective litigator with the judge or jury if your case goes to trial.

Since this state is so big and there are so many California personal injury lawyers from which to choose, the process of making a choice may be overwhelming. Remember, though, that you are the boss, hiring an outside consultant to do a job for you. Screen wisely and investigate as much as you need to before hiring. The litigation process and your relationship with the lawyer may last for years, but if you do a little due diligence, then due process just may take care of itself.

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