Those of us injured in an accident can confirm that contacting an attorney is often the last thing on our minds.
While it’s true that focusing on treatment and healing should be foremost in an injured party’s mind, it is also often necessary for these individuals to file a personal injury claim.
This helps to collect enough compensation to pay off medical debt, repair a vehicle, or make up for missed work.
This doesn’t necessarily mean every accident could support a lawsuit, especially if both parties were equally at fault, the property damage was minor, or no one suffered a physical injury.
Still, it’s always a good idea for those in an accident to contact a personal injury lawyer.
The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Law does not require plaintiffs to retain an attorney before they can file a personal injury claim. They are permitted to file their own paperwork and even represent themselves in court.
However, a plaintiff’s chances of success are usually much better if he or she hires an attorney who has experience:
- Collecting evidence that will support the plaintiff’s claim;
- Hiring expert witnesses who can testify on the plaintiff’s behalf;
- Sorting through any documentation or evidence supplied by the defendant;
- Complying with the complex procedures and rules of evidence required by courts across the country;
- Filing necessary motions; and
- Negotiating a settlement in an out-of-court setting.
The defendants in personal injury cases could be the individual who is responsible for the accident (who will usually get defense from an attorney), but could just as easily be that person’s insurer.
These individuals and entities deal with these types of issues on a daily basis. Most of those who suffer injuries in accidents, however, have not had much contact with the legal system. An experienced personal injury lawyer can play a crucial role in leveling the playing field in these situations.
Furthermore, insurers are usually much more likely to offer an injured person a fair settlement if they are represented by an attorney who is well-versed in the tactics used by insurers to get out of compensating an accident victim fairly.
Are Your Injuries Severe?
Ultimately, whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer for your case depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
However, it’s generally a good rule of thumb that the more serious a person’s injury is, the more negligence there is in a case, the more parties who have involvement in a case, and the higher the amount of losses a plaintiff suffers, the more likely it is that an injured party will require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer when filing a claim.
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Whether you have a specific accident-related question, or just need some advice, a member of our legal team can help.
Please call 800-797-5391 and we’ll help you set up a free case evaluation.