Howard Spiva ________________________
A serious personal injury trial lawyer since 1984
PRACTICE LIMITED TO SERIOUS, CATASTROPHIC INJURY AND DEATH CLAIMS
FULLY QUALIFIED: Howard has been an advocate for his clients through his professional membership in organizations:
• Savannah Trial Lawyers Association (Past President),
• Southern Trial Lawyers Association (Current Officer and Board of Governors)
• Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Life Member and past Regional Vice President)
• The Melvin Belli Society
THE LAW FIRM’S AREAS OF PRACTICE OR SPECIALIZATION:
Many lawyers advertise that they handle injury cases. But do they really? Find out.
Does the lawyer honestly focus only on serious injuries?
Look in the phone book, at their web page, check trial associations and the State Bar of Georgia directory.
Do they advertise in the phone book for personal injury and yet in the back of the yellow pages list that they handle divorces, criminal cases, or bankruptcies?
THE LAW FIRM’S RESOURSES: Does the law firm own their own trial equipment such as the capability to produce trial exhibits?
Does the firm utilize case specific and professionally prepared medical drawings to illustrate the injuries of their clients? Ask to see some examples?
Do they own Medical anatomical models for use at doctor’s trial depositions?
Does the firm have sufficient space in their office to prepare for a major trial or to prepare clients? Examples are mock courtrooms or special work areas?
THE LAW FIRM’S STAFF: Does every client have a “contact person” or legal assistant assigned to them for easy and timely communications? Does the law firm have a specialized “trial team” of employees and attorneys who work only on trials and are not distracted with non-litigation or clerical matters?
Does the firm have an in office investigator or do they at least contract with a professional investigator? Does the investigator have real world experience and high-tech equipment?
YOUR LAWYERS REPUTATION: Check on the lawyer’s reputation, look at their qualifications and insist they provide you information about their track record and results. Do they display “report cards” from past clients? Has your lawyer made any significant jury recoveries or won appeals making new law?
Learn about the lawyer’s personality and background. Is he or she aggressive enough to weather the expenses and work of a trial? Sometimes the lawyer’s family situation, hobbies or work experiences will give you some insight into their personality. Will they fight hard for you?
HOW TO - Choose a serious personal injury Trial Attorney
“Never Settle for less”
A lawsuit, and the trial of a case, is like a battle. The resources, experience and the strength of the attorneys all matter. The outcome of a lawsuit over a catastrophic or serious injury will effect the rest of your life, your choice in attorneys will too.
Before you hire an attorney, this article has some suggestions of things to check on and some questions to ask.
The top five things you should know or consider are:
DID YOU KNOW?
If you or a loved one or any family member have been seriously injured or killed in an
automobile collision, an automobile manufacturer products claim may exist?
Many injuries in car wrecks could be avoided had the vehicle been properly designed or constructed.
Examples of defects which have lead to serious injury and death:
1) Tire tread separation;
2) Vehicle rollover;
3) Pick up trucks with side saddle gas tank explosions;