Can I Call ANY Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Injuries and property damage sustained in car accidents can quickly drive a person into debt, so most car crash victims are encouraged to consult with an attorney about their legal options after being involved in an accident. While this is good advice, those who are injured in car crashes should not assume that any lawyer will be able to help them. This is because attorneys, like professionals in other industries, specialize in certain areas of the law. Michael P. Fleming, for example, received a Texas Board of Legal Specialization for personal injury trial law in 1995. To ensure that you consult with a personal injury attorney who has the resources and experience to help you with your own accident claim, please contact our legal team today.
The Difference Between Newly Licensed Lawyers and Experienced Board Certified Attorneys
In Texas, attorneys can receive the designation of specialist in one of 21 different areas of the law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). However, only an estimated 10% of licensed attorneys in the state, or around 7,400 lawyers, are board certified, so it is critical for those looking for an attorney to take great care before retaining one.
The TBLS is the largest state certification program for attorneys in the country and also has the greatest percentage of board certified specialists. Under the board’s rules, attorneys cannot advertise as specialists unless they have earned a certification from the TBLS. Furthermore, those who have earned the designation of specialist are required by the board to attend ongoing legal education and to demonstrate continuing involvement in their specific field of practice. This helps ensure that certified lawyers keep up to date on changes in the law and the field in general.
Newly licensed attorneys often lack this specialization, as well as the experience and resources that are essential to the success of a plaintiff’s claim. Experienced attorneys will also be familiar with the procedural rules with which plaintiffs must comply when filing a claim. For instance, in Texas, injured parties must file a claim for damages within two years of the date of their accident. Those who miss this deadline risk having their case barred by the court. By consulting with a board certified attorney from the outset, plaintiffs can ensure that they do not miss these or other important deadlines, which could jeopardize their entire claim. Board certified attorneys can also help injured employees maximize the amount of damages that they are eligible to recover by negotiating on their behalf with the at-fault parties or their insurers.
Call Today for Help with Your Personal Injury Case
Certified by the TBLS in 1995 as a personal injury trial law specialist, Michael P. Fleming is uniquely equipped to help accident victims recover damages for their injuries. To learn more about filing an accident claim, please call Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. at 737-201-0543 and we will help you schedule a free case evaluation with a dedicated member of our legal team.