When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Being injured because of another’s negligent action can be a terrifying experience, and one that generates dozens of questions. To be sure, not only may you have wonders and worries about your injuries and whether you’ll make a full recovery, but also about what your legal rights are, whether you should bring forth a personal injury suit, and whether you need to hire a personal injury attorney.
In this blog post we provide some information that you should consider after suffering a severe injury, that can help you to decide whether you need legal counsel.
How Serious Are Your Injuries?
One thing that you should consider in determining whether legal counsel is necessary is the severity of your injuries. The more severe the injury, the longer the recovery time, and the greater the chance of living with a permanent disability, the stronger the likelihood of a personal injury attorney being a serious boon to your case. If injuries are serious, then the damages that you have suffered are serious, and recovering compensation may not be something you’re willing to take a chance on. Working with an attorney improves your chances of recovering the compensation that you’re entitled to.
Is Liability Straightforward, or Confusing or Unknown?
Hiring a personal injury attorney may also be a smart move if fault in your case is unknown or is disputed. For example, in the case of a car accident in which a drunk driver runs a red light, and T-bones your vehicle, fault is obvious – the other driver is to blame. However, in the case of an accident in which you slipped on the private property of another, and believe that the fall was caused by a spilled substance that the property owner disputes, liability may be much harder to not only establish, but also to prove.
Whenever liability is unclear, or the facts of the case are hazy, working with a personal injury attorney is advised. A personal injury attorney will investigate your case to determine fault, collect evidence on your behalf, and organize and present information in a compelling manner.
Your Claim Has Been Lowballed or Denied
Most personal injury claims never make it to court; instead, they are settled outside of the courtroom through negotiations, which begin with insurance companies making settlement offers to claimants. If you have been offered a settlement, you may be under the impression that all is well and good. However, make sure you review your settlement thoroughly and fully understand the value of your claim – it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to lowball settlement amounts to save the insurance company money.
If you think that you’ve been offered less than you deserve, or if your claim has been denied entirely, your next move should be to call a personal injury lawyer. In addition to advocating for your best interests, personal injury lawyers have the resources necessary, such as funds to pay experts, to valuate claims and improve the chances of claimants recovering their full compensation award.
Situations in Which You May Not Need an Attorney…
Anytime injuries are severe, liability or fault is disputed or unclear, or a claim has been denied or reduced, calling an attorney is a must. In fact, our experienced Pensacola personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Whibbs Stone Barnett, P.A. believe that attending a personal injury consultation with an attorney is always a good idea, even when a claim is simple, because you always want sound legal counsel when dealing with the court system.
While scheduling a free consultation is never a bad idea, an attorney may advise you of the fact that you do not require their legal services if your injuries are minor, fault is cut and dry, you’ve been offered a fair settlement, or there are no other complex or complicated elements of your case.
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