Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

With so many qualified attorneys in the area, choosing the right Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. area  personal injury lawyer can seem overwhelming. However, not all Washington D.C. accident lawyers are capable of providing you with the same quality of results. If you want to secure the full amount of compensation you deserve, you need to choose a lawyer who knows the in-and-outs of dealing with the insurance companies and their lawyers, and is prepared to take your case as far as it needs to go – even to trial, if necessary.

At the same time, you need a Maryland personal injury lawyer who is upfront with you, explains what to expect all through the process in terms you can understand, and keeps you informed along the way.

Personal Injury Laws in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Unlike most states, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. all operate under the rule of contributory negligence. This means that if you were at all responsible for the accident that caused your injury – even if you are assigned 1% of the blame – you cannot collect any compensation for your losses. This strict law makes it that much more critical that you hire an experienced, aggressive, and dedicated accident lawyer who knows how to convincingly argue for the other party’s full liability.

Questions to Ask During a Personal Injury Consultation

Scheduling an initial consultation is one of the best ways to determine whether or not a lawyer is right for you. A trustworthy personal injury attorney in the Bethesda, Washington D.C., Arlington and Alexandria areas will always offer this initial consultation for free, since it is used to decide whether or not your case is worth pursuing. There are no silly questions when seeking a lawyer as the success of your case may rest on the answers you get!

During your consultation, do not hesitate to ask questions about the attorney’s background and experience, such as:

  • How often do you handle cases similar to mine?
  • What can I expect in terms of the insurance claims and legal process?
  • What services do you provide in putting my claim or case together?
  • Are there any costs to me?
  • How often do you contact or update me?
  • What factors in my case do you think will help me, and which factors may work against me?
  • What bar organizations and professional societies are you a part of?
  • Do you work on a contingency fee basis?
  • How much trial experience do you have?

A good Maryland area personal injury attorney will provide you with honest, clear answers to your questions. If a lawyer gives you vague responses or attempts to dodge a straight question, look elsewhere. Trusting your lawyer and feeling confident in their abilities is essential.

If the injury lawyer asks you some tough questions as well, you should be encouraged, not discouraged. This means they are trying to get to the bottom of potential legal pitfalls you may be facing so they can do a full and thorough evaluation of your options.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick in Rockville, Maryland?

One key thing that sets us apart from our Maryland, Virginia, and DC area competitors is the fact that Attorney Stuart Plotnick has been on “the other side” of personal damage cases. For over a decade, he worked as trial counsel and chief counsel for various insurance companies. He knows what they are thinking and their plan of attack because he was an insider for many years.

This experience has given him valuable insight into the strategies and techniques that insurance companies will use to downplay or dismiss the claims of personal damage victims. Mr. Plotnick now uses his knowledge and experience to help victims of motor vehicle accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor trailer accidents, animal attacks, medical malpractice, and other forms of negligence, fighting for their right to the compensation they deserve. Mr. Plotnick has a track record of gaining solid verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Many accident attorneys take on hundreds of clients, forcing them to “dump” clients on junior partners or inexperienced assistants. Unlike them, our firm only accepts the cases we can fully dedicate ourselves to. The attorney you hire is the attorney who handles all aspects of your case. This is not to say that your attorney will not seek counsel from others, but rather that your attorney will be your attorney – dealing directly with you, and personally seeing to the details of your case. We will also give you straight-talk, good or  bad.

If you are looking for a personal injury attorney you can trust in the Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. area, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and getting you the maximum amount of compensation and benefits..

With more than 25 years experience litigating accident and personal injury claims Mr. Plotnick has a proven track record of obtaining very favorable results for injury victims in the Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Wash DC, Georgetown, Alexandria, Arlington, Herndon, Leesburg, McLean and Reston, Virginia areas.