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Don't Believe Everything You Hear

The world of lawyer advertising is a tough jungle to navigate. Open your local copy of The Yellow Pages and you'll find page after page of lawyer ads with huge bold headlines proclaiming vague promises and statements. Even when you narrow it down just to the section for finding a Fairfax personal injury attorney it's still pretty chock full of copycat ads.

First of all, remember that anyone with enough money can buy an ad in The Yellow Pages, on TV, or on a bus stop. Just because a Fairfax personal injury attorney has a lot of promotional materials out doesn't mean they're the right fit to handle your Virginia personal injury claim.

Take a moment to see what these ads are really saying. Many use vague, useless statements such as:

  • Compassionate, aggressive representation.
  • We care about you.
  • Your injury means money.
  • We win cases.
  • 30 days, no trial, settlement.
  • Settlement guaranteed.

There's a lot wrong with all of these statements, especially those that make promises we can't keep. A Fairfax personal injury attorney cannot guarantee a settlement, or even a favorable outcome. There's no 100% guarantee that any case will win at trial, even if it's an obvious case of negligence.

Those personal injury attorneys who advertise those great buzz words and statements about their practice are just waving around their arms trying to get attention. They think words like "compassionate" and "aggressive" are going to impress clients, and sometimes they do. But honestly, a good attorney is going to work hard on your case because that's their job. They don't need to validate that with a phone book ad.

How to Find a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney

So, if lawyer advertising is mainly fluff and seeing who can buy the flashiest ad, how do you find a trustworthy Fairfax personal injury attorney? Start by asking around in your local network. Friends, family, and colleagues may already know a good attorney, or know someone who knows someone. Personal recommendations from others who have settled a Virginia personal injury claim are a good starting point.

Once you've found a few good choices, consult with them to see if they'd be a good fit for your Virginia personal injury claim. They may not be interested in your case, or not equipped to handle it. You also may find you're just not connecting with them and don't want to work with them. Or you may find the ideal fit and jump on the opportunity to have them help you settle your claim. It can be a time-consuming process, but worth the effort considering most clients with legal representation settle for 3x higher amounts than those who go it alone.

Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney

You don't have to deal with insurance companies and paperwork alone when you're looking to file a Virginia personal injury claim. Fairfax personal injury attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their personal injury claims.

Before you go any further with your decision, learn more about your case by clicking on this link for access to a FREE copy of The Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim.

To set up a no-cost consultation, contact me today - (703)584-7277.

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