You wouldn’t let a family physician operate on your brain, right?

General practice physicians are often wonderful doctors. They have the ability analyze and detect any number of illnesses the average person might have. But their abilities are limited due to the broad nature of their practice. When you have a serious surgical or medical problem you're sent to a doctor experienced in treating your specific illness. You should do the same with your injury claim. Whether you're dealing with a workers' compensation claim or a car accident, be certain you seek representation from someone who has personally litigated hundreds of claims just like yours. Ask these questions:

1. How many cases (workers' compensation, car accident or personal injury) has the attorney handled?
2. How many cases has he/she actually litigated in a courtroom? You might be surprised how few lawyers have actually been in trial more than 2 or 3 times.

3. Does your lawyer have the financial resources to fight your case? These cases are expensive and the lawyers often have to front the costs.

4. How well does your lawyer know the judges and clerks? Familiarity with a judge's procedures and protocol is necessary to ensure the best presentation of your claim.

5. Is the lawyer familiar with the insurance company and its lawyers? This is more important than most people realize. If the insurance company knows a lawyer has a reputation for settling claims then you won't get the full value you deserve. But if the lawyer has taken this company to trial before then the company knows he's not afraid to fight to get you full compensation.

If you want to get the best representation possible then be prepared to ask tough questions of your lawyer. It's your case; it impacts you and your family. Choose wisely. Call the Law Office of Keith Short, P.C. 618-655-9499 or email us at

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