You’ve been in an accident. You’ve sustained a hit to your head. You’ve been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. And even though you may not be thinking straight or acting and feeling yourself, the fact of the matter is it is time for you to hire a lawyer. I am Andy Siegel, a personal injury lawyer here in New York City. I am going to share with you a few simple rules I suggest you apply when selecting a lawyer to represent you or a family member in a traumatic brain injury case. These Dos and Don’ts are from a lecture I gave at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of New York. Let’s turn to the dos. Ask the prospective lawyer about their prior trial results in TBI cases and how many jury verdicts that lawyer has taken on behalf of brain injury victims. Don’t be shy. It is within your rights to ask. You must hire a lawyer knowing they can successfully go the distance at trial, meaning one who is not afraid to take a jury verdict in the interest of justice. You must hire a lawyer who can advise their client not to take the money being offered even if it is a substantial amount, if that sum does not fairly compensate the TBI victim. Ask the prospective lawyer if they have literature that was published concerning their jury verdicts in TBI cases. Let’s face it: All trial lawyers are ego maniacs, so they will have these publications readily available if it exists. Make sure the lawyer you meet with will be the lawyer who will actually handle your case, not some inexperienced underling unfamiliar with the complexity of TBI injuries. Choose a lawyer you are comfortable with, who you connect with, and who you believe will do the best job for you and your family. That’s about it. I wish you well in these challenging times. If you would like to discuss your case and circumstances with me, call 212-532-0532 and ask for Andy.