That depends. Would you trust an electrician to perform a complicated plumbing repair, just because he thinks he might be able to do it?
Would you hire your painter to try to fix your furnace? How about asking your family doctor to do a complicated surgery?
The practice of law has become very specialized. It is complicated enough that no lawyer can know it all. Many attorneys think they can handle a personal injury case—seems easy enough---but, can you take that chance?
In truth, the knowledge, resources and skills necessary to represent an injured person or the family of someone deceased take years to develop. A lawyer who handles an occasional personal injury matter simply cannot provide the same expertise as a Phoenix personal injury lawyer who concentrates on handling personal injury cases.
The area is considered so specialized that the State Bar of Arizona recognizes and certifies attorneys for specialization in the area of personal injury law. Just as you would not ask your family doctor to perform surgery, you should not ask your local general practice lawyer to handle your personal injury case.
Try this: Close your eyes, open the yellow pages and point. You will probably find a divorce or criminal or bankruptcy attorney who advertises for personal injury too. The perception may be that these cases are easy; the perception is wrong. There are many factors and elements to know and consider, and frankly it is very easy for an attorney who dabbles in this area of the law to make a mistake and lose your case.
Do you want to take this risk? Can you afford to take this chance?
Find an experienced personal injury attorney in Arizona, preferably one that is certified as a specialist by the State Bar of Arizona in Injury and Death cases. It WILL make all the difference in your case.