— The Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal is the only verification indicating that a law firm or lawyer’s practice consists of at least 90% personal injury law/workers compensation and the lawyer does not have any disciplinary actions listed.
Law firms may display the Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal on its website if the law firm’s practice consists of at least 90% personal injury law/workers compensation. If the law firm practices in other fields, an individual lawyer in the firm may be verified but can only display the seal on his/her personal page on the law firm’s website.
Law firms and lawyers applying for the Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal are audited and verified annually.
Personal Injury Lawyer Verification vs. Board Certification
The Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal is not a certification. It’s better.
If you want the best personal injury lawyer, you want a lawyer who spends the vast majority of time doing just personal injury. That’s why we offer the Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal. We do the investigation so you’ll know that a law firm or lawyer spends at least 90% of their time with personal injury.
Board certification does not indicate that an attorney has substantial or even any experience in the field of personal injury. Board certification does not mean that a lawyer practices exclusively or primarily in the field of personal injury.
Board certification is only given to a lawyer, not a law firm. A law firm may have one board certified lawyer but the law firm may concentrate on corporate, divorce, and criminal matters, etc.
Why Doesn’t Board Certification Indicate a Lawyer’s Experience?
A student in law school can take courses about basic trial practice to get certified. Board certification in civil trials only means a student or lawyer learned how to do a trial. But it will take years and many real trials to get the experience a personal injury lawyer needs.
Why Doesn’t Board Certification Indicate a Lawyer Specializes in Personal Injury?
Being board certified in civil trials doesn’t mean the lawyer has extensive experience in personal injury. A board certified lawyer may have a general practice or may do mostly divorce or criminal trials and have much less personal injury experience than a lawyer who only does personal injury cases but doesn’t have certification.
Some lawyers have a general practice representing clients in all sorts of matters from contracts, divorce, criminal to personal injury. The problem is that just like medicine, the law is far more complicated today than it was years ago. Today, a lawyer cannot stay on top of any field of law while practicing in several.
While board certified lawyers are allowed to say they “specialize” in a field of law, it’s really not accurate. Lawyers not certified are not allowed to say they “specialize” in a field of law but in reality, they may actually be specialists while a certified lawyer could have little or no experience. A certification in civil trials may entitle a lawyer to say he or she specializes in personal injury but who really knows?
Why You Shouldn’t Consider Board Certification
Experienced personal injury lawyers are not allowed to state that they are a specialist or specialize in personal injury unless they go back to school to get certified. But it is not financially feasible for a practicing lawyer to take six months away from work to go back to school just to advertise that he or she is board certified.
Most of the top trial lawyers in the country have extensive experience in the field of personal injury but are not certified. They don’t need to be and don’t need to take time away from their practice just to advertise a certification.
Usually, looking at a law firm’s website and the types of cases accepted will quickly indicate if the law firm is highly experienced in the field of personal injury. Johnnie Cochran was one of the most well-known and successful personal injury lawyers and he didn’t need certification. The website of the New York personal injury lawyers at 1-800-HURT-911® shows that they are highly experienced personal injury lawyers and don’t represent clients in any field other than personal injury, yet they are not certified. But they are Verified Personal Injury Lawyers™ and display the seal.
You want to hire a lawyer who spends most of his or her time doing the same type of cases every day! The Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ Seal assures you of that.
Fields Of Personal Injury
There are many areas included in the field of personal injury. Attorneys or law firms may practice in one or more of any of these fields and display the Verified Personal Injury Lawyers™ seal. A few of the fields within personal injury include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Boat & Cruise line Accidents
- Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Industrial disease
- Assault, Battery and Other Intentional Torts
- Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
- Defective/Dangerous Products
- Defective/Dangerous Drugs
- Medical Malpractice
- Dental Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Mass Torts
- Sexual Harassment
- Sex, Race, Age & Physical Disability Discrimination
- Workers’ compensation; and many more.
Law practice has become more and more complicated over the years. The field of personal injury is no exception. If you have been hurt in an accident, you want a law firm or attorney who stays on top of the latest issues by devoting his or her time to personal injury.
Look for the Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ seal on a law firm or lawyer’s website to make sure you hire a lawyer who devotes the majority of his or her time to personal injury or find a Verified Personal Injury Lawyer™ in the directory.