Experience in that specific area of the law.
Experience in the particular area of the law pertaining to the client's circumstance is vital to get the best result for a client. Regardless of how long someone has had a law license, if he or she does not have a lot of experience in the area of law needed by the client, he or she is in fact, inexperienced.
Experience with the process.
This process includes:
- Getting vital information from your client, witnesses and doctors
- Hiring the right experts
- Filing suit, if and when necessary
- Causes of action which should be listed
- Process leading up to the trial
- The trial itself
- The appellate process in the event an error of law is made during the trial
Many lawyers list that they are personal injury attorneys in their ads, but there is no way to determine how many they have handled simply from advertisements.
Experience with the fact finders.
This means experience with, not influencing the fact finder. No attorney should have influence over potential jurors or judges. However, if a case is being tried by a jury in South Carolina, it is advantageous to have an attorney who knows the people of South Carolina and what the people believe is right and wrong.
Past success with your type of case.
In the case of personal injury, has the attorney taken a case to a jury and obtained verdicts in excess to what the insurance offered? An experienced, success trial lawyer is someone who will pursue the case all the way to a jury in order to get fair compensation if necessary. If insurance adjusters and defense attorneys know a particular lawyer will not take a case to trial, or lacks the ability to win at trial, than that attorney lacks the ability to get a fair settlement. However, if the attorney has proven his or her ability to be successful, the client is more likely to get a fair settlement offer before the trial.