One of the questions I get asked is, “How do you pick a good personal injury attorney in Utah?” I know that can be a very difficult task because you see so many people on TV, in newspapers, and in advertisements for personal injury attorneys everywhere. I think you need to look at a couple basic things.
One, you need to look at the experience. Not just how long somebody’s been an attorney but how much they’re involved in the actual personal injury arena on a day-to-day basis. You don’t want somebody who’s doing criminal law one day, doing a bill of trust the next day, and then taking a personal injury case if they get a chance.
You also want to look for somebody who’s a trial lawyer. It’s important to prepare your case as if it’s going to trial, because that helps in the settlement, and if you do have to go to trial, it helps there. Most importantly, insurance companies know who’s willing to go to trial, who’s willing to fight and spend that extra effort on a case, and who’s not.