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Choosing the right Oregon car accident attorney can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your case. Working with an experienced attorney can improve your chances of winning your case and maximize your reward or settlement.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Oregon, get help from experienced lawyers at a reputable law firm like Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC.

Here’s Why an Attorney’s Experience Matters

Just because an attorney is licensed to practice law in Oregon doesn’t mean they know the best way to handle your case. Learning how to navigate the world of litigation takes time. Learning to thrive and win in that world requires an understanding of nuance that can only be gained by slowly accumulating it, trial after trial. The experience of a seasoned attorney can benefit you in several ways.

Before you even hire them, an experienced attorney can give you a better case evaluation than a new attorney. Experienced lawyers have seen what kinds of cases win and which don’t. They can also identify potential issues or missing information that could hinder your case. They will be able to tell you how successful cases similar to yours have been in the past and a range of the compensation won in such cases.

Armed with this understanding, an experienced attorney will know how to frame the claims and arguments in your case to most closely match other successful cases. Experienced lawyers know how to ask for every bit of compensation they can for you while setting up your case for success.

Along with knowledge, experienced attorneys also have established relationships with insurance representatives, accident experts, police, judges, clerks, and other lawyers in the town they practice. These connections can often help experienced attorneys keep your case moving with fewer delays.

Working with an experienced attorney will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve got an expert fighting to get you every last penny you deserve. When you know experts will handle your case, you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Choose a law firm with experienced attorneys, like the team at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, or use the following criteria to help identify an experienced car accident attorney.

How to Look For — And Ask About — An Attorney’s Level of Experience

Use the following criteria to determine if an attorney has the experience necessary to entrust them with your case:

Number of years practicing personal injury law

The more years the attorney has practiced, the more variables they will have seen in cases they’ve worked. They will have dealt with unexpected hiccups in suits before. They will be able to handle anything unexpected that may pop up in the case.

Number of car accident cases handled

Years of experience on a single case doesn’t give the attorney the same kind of savvy they will get from working dozens, if not hundreds, of cases. The more car accident cases-not just personal injury cases-the better.

Average settlement amount and largest settlement amount

An experienced attorney can estimate your likely payout based on past payouts to other clients. They can tell you about the average settlements their clients usually get and if your case is likely to fare better or worse. They can walk you through all the damages you should claim.

If an attorney has at least a decade of experience working on dozens of car accident cases with a track record of winning large awards or settlements, hiring them will give you the best chance of winning your case and receiving cash compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.

Get the Right Experience on Your Side When You Choose Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, P.C.

You don’t have to search very far to find the experienced Oregon car accident lawyers you’re looking for—simply call Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, P.C. We’ve been handling car accident cases for over 50 years. In that time, we’ve won hundreds of cases and received millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Learn more about our Oregon car accident attorneys.

Request a free consultation from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, P.C. about your car accident case today