A practice area is merely a way that lawyers can describe the areas of law in which they practice and the types of cases they handle. There’s no rule inRichmondorVirginiastating that a lawyer needs certain credentials to advertise that he or she practices a specific area of law. 

Advertising Practice Areas 

A personal injury lawyer can choose to advertise any number of specialties. Here are a few you’ll see are common in personal injury ads: 

  • car accidents;
  • slip and falls;
  • animal attacks/dog bites;
  • medical malpractice;
  • dangerous drugs;
  • Workers’ Compensation; and
  • defective products. 

I tell clients that the best attorney for their personal injury claim is one who sticks to a few types of cases and focuses on cases like theirs. You should always go to an in-person consultation to determine if an attorney is right for you. Just because attorneys’ profiles say they handle certain cases doesn’t mean they’re any good at it!  

A Practice Area Is Only a Guideline 

A practice area listed on a lawyer ad is only a suggestion that they can handle those cases, not a trustworthy guarantee. What you can trust is the information a good personal injury lawyer lists about his or her case history and testimonials regarding experience. 

For help finding a personal injury attorney to represent your case, order a free copy of my book, The Truth About Lawyer Advertising. If your claim falls within one of my practice areas and you’d like to discuss it, contact my office inRichmond or elsewhere inVirginia. Call (703) 584-7277. 

Ben Glass
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.
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