You wouldn’t let a family physician operate on your brain, right?

General practice physicians are often wonderful doctors. They have the ability analyze and detect any number of illnesses the average person might have. But their abilities are limited due to the broad nature of their practice. When you have a serious surgical or medical problem you’re sent to a doctor experienced in treating your specific illness. You should do the same with your injury claim. Whether you’re dealing with a workers’ compensation claim or a car accident, be certain you seek representation from someone who has personally litigated hundreds of claims just like yours. Ask these questions:

1. How many cases (workers’ compensation, car accident or personal injury) has the attorney handled?
2. How many cases has he/she actually litigated in a courtroom? You might be surprised how few lawyers have actually been in trial more than 2 or 3 times.

3. Does your lawyer have the financial resources to fight your case? These cases are expensive and the lawyers often have to front the costs.

4. How well does your lawyer know the judges and clerks? Familiarity with a judge’s procedures and protocol is necessary to ensure the best presentation of your claim.

5. Is the lawyer familiar with the insurance company and its lawyers? This is more important than most people realize. If the insurance company knows a lawyer has a reputation for settling claims then you won’t get the full value you deserve. But if the lawyer has taken this company to trial before then the company knows he’s not afraid to fight to get you full compensation.

If you want to get the best representation possible then be prepared to ask tough questions of your lawyer. It’s your case; it impacts you and your family. Choose wisely. Call the Law Office of Keith Short, P.C. 618-655-9499 or email us at keith@keithshortlaw.com

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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