When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
After you have been injured in an accident such as slip and fall, bike or motorcycle wreck, car crash, or any other type of mishap, you can’t help but wonder: should you hire a personal injury attorney?
Here are some of the questions you need to ask to have a better idea on whether or not you should hire a personal injury lawyer:
- How Serious is Your Injury?
Not all injuries require the use of a lawyer. If your injury is minor, and you have time to work on the legal and insurance claims on your own, you can possibly settle your own claim. However, it is still important to consider help from an attorney for any injury that has been hurting for longer than a few days and requires medical care. When your claim involves substantial past and future medical expenses, its value significantly increases when you have good legal representation.
- Was Your Injury Caused by Someone Else?
If you or loved one’s injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, or worse, a death of a loved one resulted from someone else’s actions, it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. There are certain standards applied to the evidence when proving legal fault. A personal injury lawyer can gather and preserve evidence which can help in strengthening your claim.
- Are You Being Contacted by an Insurance Company Representative?
In order to reduce their losses, insurance companies employ claims representatives and adjusters. They minimize the amounts that the companies pay out in injury claims. If an insurance company representative asks you for your medical records, recorded statements, your story or releases, and other information, tell them that you are contacting your attorney. Adjusters are contacting you because their company believes that you have a valid claim. They want to get information I order to help them with their goal of either denying your claim or minimizing your payout. Do not fall for their tricks; consult a personal injury attorney.
- Is the Offer Being Made to You Unreasonably Low?
Insurance companies can use dirty tactics to try to avoid paying injured people’s claims. Such tactics include unreasonable delays in claims processes, making unreasonably low offers despite extensive injuries, or refusing to pay even though liability is not in dispute. A personal injury lawyer knows and understands these tactics. He or she can put an end to such tactics and seek the recovery and compensation you deserve.
- Are You Comfortable with the Law and the Settlement Process?
Should you choose to handle your own case, you need to have a good understanding of the legal foundations of your claim as well as the whole settlement process. In order to receive a fair amount in the settlement, savvy negotiation skills as well as knowledge of both the statutory laws and case law, come in handy.
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