The Importance of Hiring a Trial Attorney (Transcript)
Paul R. Cavonis, Injury Law and Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Paul: If I were looking for a lawyer, the very first question I would ask is, "Do you try your own cases?" Understand that there are many lawyers who are big advertisers who do not try cases, and the big problem with that from the client's perspective is that the insurance companies know which lawyers try cases and which lawyers don't try cases, and it doesn't take a sophisticated person to figure out which lawyer will get better results from the insurance companies, because there's really only one thing that an insurance company fears, and that is an adverse jury verdict. They fear a jury ruling against them, and if the attorney handling the case won't go to trial, and there are lots of lawyers who simply won't go to trial, there is no incentive for that insurance company to pay a fair value on that claim, because the thing that they would otherwise fear most, an adverse jury verdict, has just been removed. It's been eliminated.