Sometimes, the task of finding the best lawyer to represent you or your loved one in a wrongful death, brain injury, or personal injury case causes a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty. Already faced with a life-changing injury, it is hard for clients to know where to start to find the right attorney for your case. One issue to consider when trying to make that determination, is the gender of the attorney. While neither gender is by any means smarter, faster, stronger, or better than the other, there are undoubtedly distinct differences between them. This article discusses the premise that the gender of the personal injury attorney you choose matters and suggests that a female attorney could be a better fit for your injury case for the following reasons:
- Compassion and Empathy: A female personal injury attorney typically approaches their clients and cases differently than their male counterparts. Many women are very compassionate listeners who pay attention to detail. Women have more empathy, which is the ability to place oneself in the shoes of another and understand their issues and concerns. Kindness, caring and understanding all come from empathy. Further, since many female attorneys have faced obstacles in achieving success in their male dominated profession, they often understand the obstacles their clients face in dealing with serious medical issues, the affect of their injuries on their lives and families and jobs.
- Handling Clients with Medical Needs: Female lawyers are more willing to focus on the client and are more likely to be nurturers. Nurturers are very protective and supportive of their clients and will go to great lengths to make sure the medical providers from whom their clients are seeking treatment are addressing their client’s medical needs. They are not afraid to stand up for their client to medical providers to make sure that all aspects of a client’s injury have been met. They also tend to be more protective of their client’s medical records and will fight to keep improper records out of the hands of the defense attorneys.
- The Ability to Listen: Many female attorneys are very adept at listening to their clients and truly hearing their concerns, needs and story. This skill also translates to the courtroom as better listeners make better story-tellers and better story-tellers are able to convey the client’s case to a jury. Women understand that it is crucial for a jury to hear all aspects of their client’s case, not just the mechanics of the case.
- Communication Skills: Women have the ability to communicate both effectively and creatively as their minds are able to quickly process, assess and link information. They tend to utilize the white matter portion of their brain more than men. This also helps women to pick up on subtle clues, read circumstances, and people more deeply. Women are also excellent networkers and can find information to solve their client’s problems very effectively.
Consider the benefits of gender when choosing an attorney to represent you in personal injury matters. In the end, however, it is very important to find an attorney with a good reputation whom you can trust to tell your story without fear of judgment, regardless of gender. Call Annette Griggs of Griggs Injury Law, LLC at 816-474-0202 for questions regarding your personal injury, wrongful death or brain injury case.