The Partners of Frederick | Ganderton have represented, and litigated against, some of the largest insurance companies in the nation.  We have tried million dollar cases on behalf of plaintiffs as well as defendant insurance companies in personal injury matters, which gives us a unique and advantageous perspective in representing your rights.  Whether you have an insurance claim as a result of injuries from another’s negligence, such as a traffic collision, slip and fall, or other incident, a property claim, a claim on behalf of someone who has suffered a wrongful death, or have been treated unfairly by your insurance company that has undervalued your claim, or improperly delayed or denied your claim outright, Frederick | Ganderton Law Office has the knowledge and ability to represent your rights.

If you have experienced any of the following, or have an issue of dispute with an insurance company, contact one of our lawyers immediately as there may be important deadlines which may impact your case.

  • Automobile Collisions
  • Trucking Collisions – Interstate Trucking 18-Wheelers / UHaul or other Rental Trucks / Delivery Trucks
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcycles / Scooters / Mopeds
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Bus Accidents – School Buses / Public Transportation / People Movers
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Collisions
  • Distracted Driving Collisions
  • Insurance Company Undervaluation of Claim, Improper Delay and/or Denial of a Claim
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability Act Cases – Incidents on Private or Public Property and / or Land
  • Slip and Fall, Falling Objects, Dangerous Conditions
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defamation – Libel & Slander
  • Dog or other Animal Bites
  • Products Liability
  • Vehicles, Equipment, Devices, Flammables, Drugs
  • Assaults

Personal Injury Attorneys With Trial Experience

It’s important to hire an attorney with trial experience.  While most cases settle pre-litigation, some cases do go to trial.  You need to hire an attorney, or law firm, that can take your case from the initial notice of claim to the insurance company all the way through a jury verdict.  Again, some cases do go to trial, albeit a  small percentage.

The second, and more important reason to hire an attorney with trial experience is because if you hire attorneys that have actually been to trial, they will know what to expect at trial, what evidence they might need to present to a jury, what objections they might receive and what experts they might need to call to the stand to fully present a client’s case to a jury. Having this back-end knowledge is going to help that attorney build the case on the front end.

The partners of Frederick|Ganderton have had over 100 jury trials, so we know what juries are looking for. We’ve spoken to juries after a verdict has been reached. We’ve asked them what they wanted, or expected to see and what was too much, or overkill.  In doing this, we now know what juries are looking for, and because we know that, we are able to build our personal injury cases thoroughly on the front end.

We do the investigation that needs to be done to find those things that we’ve found a jury might want to see  – like videos, pictures, or a specific expert a jury would want to hear from because of a medical condition. This is evidence that needs to be built on the front end. Not only does it help you for when you’re going to trial or filing a lawsuit later on, but it helps you build a very thorough case that you can present to an insurance adjuster.

In our experience and opinion, building a comprehensive trial-ready case will maximize a client’s settlement pre-litigation. So it is important that when you’re looking for a personal injury attorney that you look for one who has trial experience, such as the partners at Frederick | Ganderton LLP.

Who Will Really Be Doing the Work On Your Case?

When you see a personal injury law commercial, and you see the attorney on the commercial, do you think that attorney is the attorney that is going to be working on your case on a day to day basis? It could be, but probably not. What that means is that, prior to going into that firm, you might not know who is going to be working on your case..

“Will it be you (the partner in the firm) doing the work or will it be a junior associate?”

If you do choose to go in and meet with a partner in a law firm, make sure that during the meeting, you ask the partner if the work will performed by that partner, or if the work be assigned to a junior associate who will actually be doing the bulk of the work and negotiating with the insurance adjusters. If it is a junior associate doing the work, ask what kind of experience they have. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Are they fresh out of law school? Is this their first job?
  • Are a seasoned professional with trial experience?
  • Do they have prior personal injury law experience?
  • Do they have settlements and awards that they can share with you?
  • Will they be handling your case, or are they going to have a case manager pushing the case forward?

These are all really important questions to ask during that first interview with a law firm.

At our firm, it’s different:

With us, what you see is what you get. When you hire us you get us.   You get the two partners on your case. There are no junior associates that we offload or assign the cases to.  There are no case managers that you deal with.

You get us and all of our credentials and experiences. If there’s something that you’re looking for that you don’t see on our About Us page, feel free to give us a call and ask us. We answer our phone.

It’s really important to know who you’re working with and who’s doing the day-to-day work on your case. At our firm, you know.

Three Qualities To Look For When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

What qualities do we need to look for when hiring a personal injury attorney?

Is it just the experience that is the most important? Or maybe there’s even more to it.

These are in no particular order and are simply suggestions.  These qualities are what we would look for if we were hiring a personal injury attorney.

1. Communication

Communication is key in a personal injury case on both ends. You want a lawyer who is communicating with you and you want to be communicating with your lawyer. But how do you know if you and an attorney will have good communication? You can start with the initial call.

On that initial call, are you speaking with a secretary who’s just trying to sign you up to get you into an appointment? Or, are you getting your questions answered by an attorney on the phone? If it were us, we would want to call a law firm and talk to the attorney on the phone first to find out if we even have a case.  It is also important to get a feel for the attorney to see if they are the right fit, before taking time to travel to their office and sit down with them in person.

Speaking with an attorney on the front end, and figuring out if they’re communicative will save you some trouble on the back end when you realize that your lawyer is not calling you back.

2. Enthusiasm

Is your lawyer enthusiastic? Do they have a good personality? Or are they dry, boring, and stuffy?

Make sure they have some enthusiasm. Make sure they’re happy and that they are doing what they like to do. The way they interact with you is likely the way they’re going to interact with an adjuster on the phone. Trust us, you get way further with an adjuster if you’re enthusiastic about your client, your client’s case, and what you do!

Liking what you do is important. It will show in your meeting with the attorney, and in that attorney’s communications with the adjusters or defense counsel.  So, make sure you’re hiring an attorney who seems happy and is enthusiastic about what they’re doing.

3. Experience

This is an obvious factor. What experience does this attorney have? How long have they been out of law school? Do they have insurance defense experience?

We can tell you that we have learned a lot from working on the insurance

defense side. We saw firsthand how insurance companies and defense attorney’s practiced on the insurance defense side before we started Frederick | Ganderton, and switched to work on the plaintiff’s side. So, find out what kind of experience the attorney has, such as their level of trial experience, how long they’ve been an attorney, and what type of practice they have worked at in the past.

Those are just three things that we would look for if we were hiring an attorney.

You might look for something different as there might be something more important to you. But remember that communication, enthusiasm, and experience go a long way in handling your injury claim.

Contact Frederick | Ganderton Attorneys at Law today at 720-588-9120, or for more information view our Areas of practice.