Personal injury cases cover a wide variety of situations and many different types of accidents. The injuries can range from a car accident, slipping and falling on someone’s property, being bitten by a neighbor’s dog, to much more different settings. All these things are considered personal injury and the level of your injury can make big a difference in processing your claim. In these cases, you may want to seek the advice and assistance of a qualified legal professional. It all depends on the severity of your injuries and the legal elements of the accident.
Unfortunately, there is an urban legend out there that you can represent yourself, or settle your own claim, and “save” the percentage that a real personal injury would charge. The harsh reality is that is the surest way to get yourself into even more trouble.
It is well known in the insurance industry that people with lawyers get 3 to 7 times more in settlements than people without lawyers. Even worse, while the insurance company is stringing you along with negotiations the critical physical evidence disappears, such as the damaged vehicles, the event data recorders (black boxes), eyewitnesses, video footage of the accident. On that note, here are a few benefits that you can gain if you choose to hire a lawyer.
A Lawyer Understands the Legal Process
Quite simply, the process involved is much more complicated than an insurance company would like you to believe. Unfortunately, people who decide to undergo the legal process alone realize this when it’s too late, especially when they start running into medical liens, trying to find the appropriate doctor to take care of their injuries, and that having to deal with the insurance company and knowing whether or not they’re getting a fair deal. On the other hand, personal injury lawyers handle injured clients' cases every day and know all the legal hurdles you will likely face, insurance company tricks, and a network of medical doctors to help you get better.
Improving Your Odds
Others will try to shift blame and gaslight you to protect themselves. It can be devastating if they are successful and you are considered to be the one solely responsible for the accident. This will prohibit you from recovering any compensation from another party or their insurer. Hiring an attorney helps to protect you and maximize your award. Help from experts will ensure that the careful review of the details and the evidence of your case is done to find any indication that others share fault. Your attorney will attempt to recover compensation from anyone who played a part in causing your injury.
Assistance with the Medical Treatment
Part of a lawyer’s role is also to help make sure that the client gets the proper medical treatment with the right kind of doctor. Did you know that if the insurance company contests your injuries that you will have to hire an expert to testify that your injury is real? This is just one example of the many different experts that may need to be employed to thoroughly represent your case.
Personal injury cases frequently tend to turn many victims’ lives upside down. You may be suffering from a painful physical injury and struggling to cope with the trauma of the accident. Maybe you can’t go into work and are trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Bottom line: If an injury that wasn’t your fault has resulted in significant medical bills and lost wages, and/or is projected to have a long-term negative effect on your quality of life, you should hire a personal injury lawyer who can help you pursue just compensation, guiding you through the process and helping you in any way possible.
The goal of the plaintiff’s attorney is to help their clients obtain the maximum compensation allowed under the law. Like any job, when begun early and with greater preparation, the result is superior. Most personal injury attorneys offer a consultation at no charge, and it is to your advantage to, at the very least, speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after you’ve been injured.
Taking Your Case To Trial
A personal injury lawyer will know how to take a case to trial and if the insurance company knows that they will pay a much higher premium to settle your case rather than risk the time and money of litigation and a potential large jury verdict.
In the end, it is in both yours and your lawyer’s interest that the whole case is settled in the best way possible, which, even though can be hard, will definitely be made easier with a professional to guide you along the way.