Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

Finding the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Situation


If you need the services of a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, there is a good chance you have been traumatized in some way – either physically, emotionally, or both. Although you have many great and experienced personal injury attorneys to choose, the abundance of choices can make the process of choosing a personal injury lawyer overwhelming if you don’t have any kind of experience with legal professionals. Rather than making things easier on you, finding the right attorney can actually add to your stress level, unless you know what to look for.

Knowing What to Look For

In addition to tapping into the right sources, here are some things to consider that should help you narrow your search:

Experience. It’s one thing to find a great personal injury attorney, but it’s quite another to find one with the right kind of experience that most closely matches the circumstances of your case. The closer the match, the higher degree of confidence you can have in knowing an attorney has been through what you are facing.

Negotiation skills. Most attorneys will tout themselves as being hardnosed, but the reality of most cases is that they are settled long before a case ever goes to trial. That puts a premium on attorneys who are nimble and flexible when it comes to negotiating terms of a settlement on your behalf.

Objectivity. Because you are emotionally tied to your case, you may not always be able to think rationally about what the outcome should be. However, an attorney will bring that perspective to your case to advise you, develop an objective strategy, and protect your rights based on how the law should be applied.

Resources. The best attorneys will not do all the work on a personal injury case by themselves. You need to determine what other resources an attorney has at their disposal including medical professionals who can serve as professional witnesses, accident reconstruction professionals, and financial experts who can help find an appropriate dollar amount in a settlement or an award phase in a trial.

Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.

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Since 1996, Joe Hougnon, Esq. has provided the best legal services for DUI, Criminal charges & personal injury cases in northern California.