Ethics and Lawyers

We’ve all heard a few jokes about ethics and lawyers, suggesting that lawyers are not honest or ethical However, the reality is that lawyers are governed by a strict set of ethical rules, called the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct,[1] and lawyers who fail to abide by these rules are subject to severe penalties. At Allen & Allen, ethics are a top priority for our attorneys, and we know that following ethical rules results in better outcomes for our clients and better client-attorney relationships.

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Below are some of the key ethical requirements for Virginia lawyers, and how they apply to your personal injury case.

We work for you! [2]

The Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct state that “a lawyer shall abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation, … and shall consult with the client as to the means by which they are to be pursued. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision, after consultation with the lawyer, whether to accept an offer of settlement of a matter.” At Allen & Allen, we know that we work for you. From your very first consultation, where we discuss your goals and objectives for the case, we want you to know that your goals are our goals. We want to help you achieve the absolute best outcome for you and your case. Your Allen & Allen attorney has the experience and expertise to tell you how the law applies to your case, and will provide you various options throughout the course of our partnership. In the end, you’ll be the one to decide what steps we will use to resolve your case.

Honesty and Great Communication [3]

It is important that you’re updated regularly on the status of your case, and that you’re given advice that is accurate, timely and to your best advantage. We make sure that we stay in regular contact with insurance companies on behalf of our clients, so that they are aware of the extent of your injuries and medical expenses. We also believe that honest communication is important. As we explain our case strategy to clients, we communicate all of the negative and positive aspects of a case, which may affect the potential outcome and case value.

Confidentiality [4]

A lawyer must keep information given to them about a personal injury case (or any case) in total confidence. Allen & Allen upholds the highest standards of confidentiality for every client. This is part of the “attorney client privilege”; it means under most circumstances, with some exceptions, if you tell your lawyer something that is relevant to your case, your attorney cannot reveal it or be required to reveal it. The purpose of this rule is to allow a lawyer and their client to have a frank, open discussion about the facts of their personal injury case, and other personal matters that might affect it.

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Diligence [5]

To ensure that you receive the most compensation possible for your accident, we know it’s important to be diligent and start working on your case right away. From years of experience, we know what information needs to be investigated immediately: securing witnesses, obtaining videos and photos of the evidence, making FOIA requests, and collecting other needed evidence before the opportunity is missed. As a matter of fact, we have our own Investigations Department dedicated to that very purpose!

To Allen & Allen, diligence also means making sure that we meet all court-imposed and statutory deadlines. With our team on your side, we ensure that your case complies with any applicable rules and regulations, and that the process is handled smoothly for you.

As an experienced personal injury law firm, we also know how important it is for us to stay updated on your medical condition, diagnoses, and treatment, as well as whether or not you are fully healed or will require ongoing medical treatment. We know how important it is to keep accurate records of your medical bills, amounts that remain unpaid, and what liens apply to your case. As a diligent personal injury law firm, we ensure that our clients are not left with unpaid medical bills or other lien problems after the case settles.

Knowledge, Skill, and Competence [6]

At Allen & Allen, protecting the injured is all we do. We have deep knowledge and experience in handling personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, and we don’t take cases outside of those practice areas. Personal injury cases can be very complicated, and successful results depend upon a clear understanding of the law and how it applies to the facts and circumstances of your case. It’s important that you hire a law firm that is knowledgeable about how insurance companies handle and review claims.

Allen & Allen’s focus on personal injury law benefits our clients. We know from experience how to evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case and choose the right strategy. This includes making informed decisions on when to file suit, schedule depositions, send out a demand for settlement, negotiate, mediate and take a case to trial.

Values vary greatly from case to case, person to person and accident to accident. We know how to investigate and research all of the relevant facts and law to determine what your case is worth: how much to claim for lost wages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and/or other damages that may be claimed depending upon your situation. From experience, we also know how to deal with factors that can reduce the value of a case, like pre-existing conditions.

An experienced law firm like Allen & Allen also knows how to research all possible sources of recovery and all applicable sources of insurance for a particular accident to maximize your potential recovery.

At Allen & Allen, the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct are not just regulations we are required to follow; they are a part of everything we do, and essential to the meaningful relationships we have with our clients. If you have been injured in a personal injury or workers’ compensation matter, call for a free consultation at 1-866-962-3527.

 

[1] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, https://www.vsb.org/pro-guidelines/index.php/main/print_view

[2] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.2

[3] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.4

[4] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.6

[5] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.3

[6] Va. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1