Why You Should Hire A Bilingual Spanish and English Speaking Attorney For Your Car Accident Case

Posted on 12/24/13

If English is not your first language, it can be challenging to live in the Connecticut area, where the majority of the population speaks only English. In cities like Danbury, Waterbury, New Haven, Stamford, and Bridgeport, even though the population of Spanish-speaking residents is rising, many attorneys and law officials are not making enough effort to communicate effectively in languages other than English. If you were in a car accident, a slip and fall, and/or are in need of a personal injury lawyer, it is critically important to hire one that understands you.

Lawyers can hire translators and Spanish-speaking staff, but if the lawyer himself cannot communicate effectively with a client, words can get lost in translation. Oftentimes, when a law office has a “se habla Espanol” sign, it usually means that only a staff member or secretary speaks Spanish in the office—not the lawyer. Your attorney should be able to speak with you directly, so they can defend your case with the most accurate information possible. To avoid misunderstandings, it is extremely beneficial to hire a bilingual attorney.

A bilingual attorney understands your description of injuries, and can communicate directly with you about the process so that you are not in the dark about what is happening with your case. Auto accident and personal injury cases can be complex, and the most efficient and helpful lawyers are those who make the effort to connect with a client and understand the full story. Words often do not translate directly between languages, so it is important that a lawyer does grasp the full story clearly and carefully. Every specific detail can be helpful to your case, so it is important that the attorney does not miss anything.

Attorney James A. Welcome is one of the few English-speaking attorneys in Connecticut who can actually read and speak Spanish. When you hire Attorney James A. Welcome, you will know that your Attorney can speak with you in a language thatyou both will understand. Attorney Welcome takes an interest in your accident and injury insurance case and will work to help you throughout the entire process of an insurance claim for a car accident—from damage appraisal on your vehicle, to assisting you while you obtain necessary medical treatment for your recovery, and finally in direct negotiation with the insurance company fighting to obtain fair and just compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

Many lawyers stop studying other languages in school because English is the primary language of business and learning a second language takes a lot of time and effort. However, it is the lawyers that take the time and effort to develop these skills that will have the most personal contact and cultural understanding with their clients. If you and your attorney are speaking the same language, it will be much easier to collaborate. Your attorney will be able to keep you fully informed about the process and status of your case, so you can feel more comfortable and avoid a stressful and frustrating situation.

If you or someone you know is one of the hundreds of thousands of unfortunate people involved in a serious accident where you received significant injuries, you deserve compensation. Attorney Welcome has offices in Waterbury, Danbury and New Haven and is here to answer any questions you have concerning personal injury cases.