Every personal injury case is unique, meaning every client faces different challenges as they seek compensation for their losses, and there is always a chance for unexpected complications to arise in any personal injury suit. However, some personal injury claims are inherently more challenging than most, and some will require the attention of multiple legal teams to ensure a positive outcome for the plaintiff.
The attorneys at Cheney Galluzzi & Howard have extensive professional experience handling all types of complex personal injury litigation in Colorado, and we are confident in our ability to address a client’s unique needs and concerns in their case. We also routinely assist other attorneys with complex cases, either by accepting client referrals when they are too overburdened to provide much individual attention or accepting co-counsel positions to help resolve an especially challenging case. With any type of complex litigation, there are three foundational key points that must be understood for an attorney to reach a positive outcome for their client.
While your firm may have an extensive professional record of successful cases, some complex personal injury litigation is simply beyond the capabilities of a single attorney or even a single firm. A joint venture with a partnered legal team is one of the most effective strategies for confronting complex personal injury litigation. Some complex injury cases also require specific professional insights, and expert witnesses can play important roles in many types of cases. Forming the right team at the outset of a case significantly improves your chances of addressing your client’s needs as fully as possible.
Creating a documented timeline of a complex injury case can be incredibly beneficial to every member of your team. Make sure every member knows how to contribute to the timeline and that every new development is documented. Thorough recordkeeping is helpful when multiple legal teams work together as co-counsel, especially when they are also respectively managing other cases of their own. Maintaining this timeline memorializes key developments in the case and tracks the latest changes against your strategy.
Communication is paramount in any personal injury case, but this is especially true when conducting a joint venture as co-counsel in a complex injury case. Attorneys should be readily available to answer clients’ questions and address concerns as they arise, but it is also important to provide updates without any prompting. Keeping a client fully informed of each new development in the case allows them to continue facing their proceedings with confidence. Complex personal injury litigation can sometimes take years to resolve, and providing a client with regular unprompted updates reminds them that they still have legal counsel they can trust managing their case.
Working on an extensive complex injury case through many sessions of litigation can be incredibly rewarding, but effective counsel requires clear communication and keen attention to detail. When you are working with another legal team you can trust to provide a client with the most effective co-counsel possible, you are more likely to guide them to a positive outcome in an efficient manner. Cheney Galluzzi & Howard routinely helps attorneys with their most challenging cases, and our firm has years of experience navigating intense litigation. Whatever your case requires, you can trust our firm to provide ongoing support for you and your client to reach the results you hope to see.
Most people do not have the financial flexibility to afford hourly legal representation, so most of the personal injury attorneys in the state operate on a contingency fee basis. With a contingency fee arrangement, the client pays a percentage of their final case award to the attorney as their fee, but only if the attorney wins their case. If the attorney cannot obtain compensation for their client, the client pays nothing.
It’s vital for every attorney to maintain a balanced caseload, which means reconciling the time and resources required for each client with the firm’s overall day-to-day capability to address their clients’ needs. Accepting very few cases may ensure that each client receives abundant personal attention but can drain the firm’s resources and limit profitability. Conversely, accepting too many cases can be overly burdensome on the firm and prevent them from providing each client with the individual attention they require. Ultimately, balancing a caseload depends on the specific firm, and attorney referrals can help overburdened attorneys ensure their clients have access to the legal counsel they need when they need it most.
Whenever you accept a personal injury client in Colorado, it is vital to ensure maximum recovery for their damages. Every personal injury case is unique, and some are exceptionally challenging when it comes to asserting liability and exposing the full extent of the client’s claimable damages. Your firm should consider seeking co-counsel in a complex personal injury case, especially one that involves a catastrophic injury or legal issues with which your firm has minimal experience. Working with another attorney allows both legal teams to draw upon each other’s strengths to provide the client with more comprehensive legal counsel.
The majority of personal injury claims filed do not go to trial. Most end in private settlement negotiation, a process that enables the parties involved in the case to reach more personalized results in a much shorter time than litigation would require. As long as both parties are willing to compromise, it’s possible to resolve a personal injury case through settlement in a fraction of the time that litigation could take. However, litigation will be necessary if they cannot reach mutually agreeable terms or if the defendant in the claim refuses to accept liability for the plaintiff’s damages.
The team at Cheney Galluzzi & Howard excels at handling complex personal injury litigation. Throughout the years of our firm’s operation, we have successfully handled many difficult cases and have assisted other law firms in the area with especially challenging personal injury suits. If you are interested in pursuing a joint counsel venture with our firm, or if you would like to refer a client to our team, contact us today to learn more about our experience and the legal services we provide.