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What Does It Mean to Be Board Certified?

Choosing the right injury attorney is one of the most important decisions you can make after your accident, but not all attorneys are trained equally. So at a time when there seems to be so many options, how do you pick the right personal injury attorney?

Oftentimes, this decision comes down to picking a legal professional who is board certified by Florida Bar, and we’ll explain more about what that means and why it’s important.

Florida Bar board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law.

Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 27 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. This level of evaluation is so high that only around 5 percent of Florida’s nearly 107,000 lawyers are board certified across all 27 areas of the law.

Board Certifications in Civil Trial

Personal injury cases like car crashes, trip and falls, or medical malpractice fall, under the area of Civil Trial Law. Of all licensed lawyers in the State of Florida, only around 1% are Board Certified in Civil Trial.

The primary obstacles to attorneys becoming Board Certified in Civil Trial are the minimum trial requirements of at least 15 contested civil cases. You would be shocked at the number of lawyers who advertise and never go to court.

Peer Review

Let’s face it, some lawyers are not liked by their peers or by the judges they practice in front of. The Florida Bar inquires as to the reputation and ethics of board certification candidates and some simply don’t make the cut. Candidates must also pass a written examination to demonstrate expertise.

Why Choose Board Certified

When you choose a Florida Bar Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, you are choosing an attorney whose qualifications in civil trial law have been vetted by their peers. You are choosing an attorney who can call themselves a specialist in this area of law, and who has gone the extra step to demonstrate their specialization and you can be much more assured that the lawyer you choose is qualified to handle your case.

And when you come to Dismuke Law, you are choosing just that. At our firm, we believe that injury victims should not have to pay their own accident-related expenses when they did nothing wrong.

At Dismuke Law, our board certified attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable and fighting for justice on behalf of injury victims. You are our first priority and we will fight hard to ensure you obtain a full financial recovery.

Contact our Florida injury attorneys at (863) 292-6922 to schedule your free case review. We have three convenient office locations in Lakeland, Tampa, and Sebring.