When hiring a law firm to handle your personal injury claim, there isn’t a shortage of options. All you have to do is look at the countless billboards, television ads, and other high-profile advertising mediums in order to see that. It’s like these big law firms are just waiting for you to get injured!
Just because a law firm has a gigantic marketing budget, and lots of exposure on the interstate or your flat screen TV doesn’t mean they are the right law firm for you. In this article, we are going to go over a few points that make us different from the “big law firms” and share with you why we believe working with us will get you the best result in your personal injury case.
1. We are NOT a client mill and never will be.
Many of the law firms that you see advertising heavily on television, radio, etc. are what we refer to as “client mills.” Basically, their model is to take on thousands of cases each year, spread out over hundreds of lawyers and staff personnel. It’s basically the Wal-Mart model, without the benefit of lower prices.
At Link & Smith, PC., we are a two-man operation with a small staff, which gives us the ability to meet with our clients in person and provide individualized attention to each client we serve.
We’re not only different from the client mill law firms…we are the exact opposite. We are selective in the cases we take, and our focus is not on getting your case “in and out,” but to make sure you get the individualized attention you deserve.
2. We only get paid when you get paid.
At our law firm, we work strictly on a contingency fee, meaning that we only get paid when you get paid. If we take your case and are not able to get a settlement on your behalf, then your cost to us is nothing. I’m sure you’ve heard stories of people shelling out thousands upon thousands of dollars in legal fees, only to lose their case.
With us, this simply won’t happen. Since we only get paid when you get paid, our interests are 100% aligned with your own interests. Working with us is like having a business partner that shares the same vision, goals, and desired outcome as you do!
3. We are former insurance defense lawyers and we understand how insurance companies work.
Despite what your friendly agent may tell you, your insurance company is not on your side. Your agent doesn’t call the shots when it comes to your claim, and has no control over the payout you will be offered. So the fact that your insurance agent says they will take care of you really means absolutely nothing.
On the other hand, both Mark Link and Houston Smith of Link & Smith, P.C. have seen both sides of the coin. As former vehicle insurance defense attorneys, we understand the strategy and negotiation techniques used by insurance companies to try and pay you as little as possible for your insurance claim.
By understanding how insurance lawyers think and act, we are able to advise our clients to a point beyond what most personal injury attorneys without this valuable experience can. It’s a differentiating factor for us, and something that truly sets our practice apart for our personal injury clients.
4. Personal Injury is our ONLY priority.
The fact is…there are a lot of law firms that will take any kind of case they can get. This may be divorce cases, DUI cases, child abuse cases, and so on. At Link & Smith, P.C. our practice is dedicated 100% to personal injury law.
We spend 100% of our working hours on personal injury cases. This includes keeping up with the all of the latest news, information, data, and more as it pertains to personal injury law.
If your case has the potential to be very valuable, why would you take it to a law firm that doesn’t thoroughly understand personal injury law, and that won’t dedicate 100% of their time and resources toward it? Of course you wouldn’t.
5. Our clients actually like working with us.
Let’s face it– most people don’t like going to the doctor and they don’t necessarily look forward to working with a lawyer either. We understand that, but we also understand, based on feedback and reviews from our clients (which you can read on our Google+ page here) that it doesn’t have to be that way.
In fact, our goal is not to have a push-and-pull relationship with clients, but to keep our clients informed throughout the settlement process, and be open and transparent with our clients at all times. In fact, as you’ll see when looking at our Google reviews, we’ve taken on cases that other personal injury attorneys said “couldn’t be settled,” and we were still able to get fair compensation for our clients.
6. We conduct seminars to train other attorneys.
One of the easiest ways to determine whether or not you are working with a reputable law firm is to ask if they frequently instruct other personal injury lawyers how to do their job better.
For instance, Houston Smith of Link & Smith, P.C. attends seminars each year (Inside the Courtroom-Trial of a Personal Injury Case, and also Winning Settlement Strategies).
In addition, Mark Link is asked to speak annually on the topics of Punitive Damages, and Damages in Georgia. With both of the attorneys at Link & Smith being highly regarded by their peers, it makes sense why many clients choose us!
7. We are published authors in personal injury law.
Along the same lines as speaking engagements and seminars, being published authors in the field of personal injury law is a qualification that not many personal injury attorneys possess. Mr. Link is co-author of Punitive Damages in Georgia, as well as Georgia Law of Damages which are updated on a yearly basis. Mr. Smith is author of Soft Tissue Injuries in Georgia.
Based on their expertise not only working with real cases, but being a true authority in the field of punitive damages and soft tissue injuries makes Link & Smith a primary candidate to be your personal injury attorney of choice.
8. Verdict Success and Case Results
At the end of the day, this is what really matters, isn’t it? After all, the reason to hire a personal injury attorney is to help you get the results you deserve. At Link & Smith, P.C both Mark and Houston have a history of impressive settlements and courtroom victories.
In fact, you’ll see that we’ve settled dozens of cases in the six-figure, seven-figure, and even eight-figure settlement range (view our case results here). Now we don’t share these figures to brag, but simply to impress upon you that having a personal injury lawyer with a track record of success is an essential consideration when hiring your attorney.
9. We are conveniently located near Atlanta, GA.
Our office is conveniently located in Tucker, GA, which is just a short drive from the downtown Atlanta area. If you’d like to meet with us to discuss your case, we encourage you to contact our office, and get driving directions here.
We are conveniently located in the Atlanta area, and if for some reason you are not able to come to our office, we are more than happy to visit you wherever is most convenient.
10. We are easily accessible through the web.
We don’t just have a website. At our law firm, we actually keep our website up to date, and all case inquiries are sent straight to us instantly. Whenever a potential client fills out the contact form on our website, we get an instant email notification, and typically get back to our clients in just a few hours (or in some cases, even minutes).
As we mentioned earlier, our primary office is located in the Atlanta area, but we also maintain offices in other parts of Georgia, as well as Alabama and Florida. So, even if we can’t meet in person initially, we can easily communicate with you long distance using the latest web technologies.
11. We are recognized by our peers for our contributions to the field.
We are obviously pleased that our clients like our work, but it’s important within the legal community to be recognized by your peers. The law form of Link & Smith, P.C. have perfect 10 out of 10 ratings on two peer-reviewed law sites: avvo.com and superlawyers.com.
Unlike many websites out there where you can pay a small fee and get listed as a “great attorney,” these websites have a strict evaluation process and select only the top lawyers. You can learn more about the selection process for Super Lawyers here: http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.
Since we are well-liked by our clients, and highly regarded by our peers, we think you’ll like working with us, as well.
12. We regularly update our blog for clients.
We feel it is important to be in communication with our clients, as well as anyone who many be looking for a personal injury attorney. We take the time update our blog frequently, because we understand that many, many people are searching online for personal injury-related information, and we enjoy helping our clients, or the public in general, get answers to their legal questions.
Here are a couple of articles that we’ve recently published on our blog:
Our goal is to provide valuable information for anyone interested in an accident who may need to seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer.
13. We are a regular contributor to local media outlets.
We’ve been featured on several news outlets, as well as local radio shows. We’ve recently been on News/Talk WSB discussing texting and driving accidents, which unfortunately are on the rise.
When local news outlets need information in regards to personal injury law, they often contact us. If news stations contact us to get our expert opinion, shouldn’t you?
So what is the next step for you?
By now, we hope you understand the value that both Mark Link and Houston Smith bring to the table in the field of personal injury law. Our years of experience, combined with a singular focus on personal injury law and individual client attention make us one of the top personal injury law firms for victims who need results.
Serious injuries deserve results, and at Link & Smith, P.C. you are much more than just a number. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, or would like to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please contact us here.