Someone who has been injured in an accident or at work can feel overwhelmed by the number of law firms that represent personal injury clients. Without a strong personal recommendation, choosing the right firm can feel like a shot in the dark. One of the deciding factors for a client can be the relative size of competing firms. Some clients might think that a large firm offers more advantages in the form of a bigger staff or greater resources. But we think the advantages of working with a small firm are significant for many clients. Here are some of the most important considerations:
- Cost. Many firms will take personal injury cases on contingency, so a client has little or no financial commitment to the firm until the case is won. When a case is successfully settled or resolved in court, a firm working on contingency gets paid from the resulting award. Almost by definition, a small firm’s expenses for handling a case will be lower than a large firm’s. Small firms have lower overhead and are much less likely to overstaff a case. Although a case may see a small marginal benefit from adding an extra junior associate, the cost of that associate gets passed to the client when the final cash award is paid out.
- Flexibility. A large firm tends to be wedded to a particular way of doing things that may not best serve the client’s wishes. Small firms have the flexibility to work with clients to make sure that the client doesn’t’ get stuck with unexpected financial burdens or surprise problems created by having to conform to the law firm’s playbook.
- Personal service. Large firms often drop the pretense of personal service to increase their capacity for new cases and improve their profit margins. This can run against the client’s best interests in a personal injury case, where the client is already dealing with emotional hardship and may need a range of extra help beyond the bare minimum work an attorney does to push paperwork through the legal system. A small firm gets to know its clients so it can best serve their specific needs.
- Familiarity. Working with a small firm means getting to know the people who will handle your case, from the partner to paralegals and other staff. Being on a first-name basis with everyone who touches your case can give a sense of connection to what’s happening and enhances communication. At a large firm there may be a dozen people handling each case. In that circumstance, the client may feel unsure about who to talk to or who to trust with private information.
The law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has represented clients in personal injury cases for over 45 years. We pride ourselves on providing caring, personal service to each of our clients. If you have been injured and would like to speak to an attorney about your lega options, call us today for a free consultation. We’re available at 702-388-4476 or contact us through our website.