I have talked in an earlier post about the way to go about finding the best personal injury attorney, but for what reasons would you need one? In this post I will go into detail on the different circumstances you may encounter that lead you look up a legal professional in this field.
When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
It is a question that I am often asked, and there are a lot of different scenarios that would necessitate that you hire a personal injury lawyer. Before I get into that, there are a few things to ask before you go out and spend money on representation. The first thing that you should ask is if the injury is severe enough to bring lawyers into play. If the injury is not major and you have the time and money to go through the insurance claims on your own, you are better off going that route.
If your injury requires medical care, however, or if the pain lasts for more than a few days, then you definitely want to consult an injury lawyer. If you require any hospitalization, physical therapy, rehab, surgery, or anything along those lines, then you will want to have your case evaluated by a professional, especially when the medical costs (both present and in the future) are high.
Another thing that should be asked is if the injury was caused by someone else. If the injury was a result of somebody else’s negligence, you can get representation to prove that the other party was at legal fault. This representation should be secured as soon as possible as to preserve any evidence.
You should also take into consideration whether an insurance company is involved. Insurance companies are notorious for keeping their funds close to the vest and trying to put out the minimum amount of injury claims. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can prepare you for that battle to make sure you get the money you are owed or deserve. They can also safeguard you from signing any releases or other paperwork that the insurance company puts in front of you without you knowing what exactly you’re giving away or agreeing to.
Lastly, you should ask yourself whether you truly have a good enough understanding of the settlement process to get the most out of your injury situation. Weigh what you think the settlement would be if you were to handle your own case, versus what you could possibly be receiving with an experienced attorney (minus their fees) and see how they compare. More often than not, it will be more than worth to pay for representation who is better equipped in cases such as these.
I hope you never have the need for this kind of attorney in your life and are always blessed to be kept from danger, but accidents happen. If or when it does happen, now you are more prepared to settle your case the most effective way with these tips.