Being injured because of someone else’s negligence is a horrible position in which to find yourself. While small fender benders usually do not require legal representation, an accident in which you sustained serious or permanent injuries or extensive property damage, may require you to contact a personal injury attorney.
There are numerous situations in which you will need an accident attorney. Should you find yourself injured because of someone else’s negligence, such as in the following situations, contacting a personal injury attorney can help you to be informed of your legal rights and options:
– Vehicle accidents, including trucks, bicycles, and motorcycles;
– Child injury and abuse;
– Birth injuries;
– Medical malpractice;
– Slip and falls;
– Wrongful death lawsuits; and
– Defective products and liability.
Insurance adjusters will almost always appear after an accident to offer you a settlement. Whenever you find yourself speaking with an insurance company, you should contact a personal injury attorney to look over any paperwork or offers that are presented to you. Insurance adjusters can use tactics completely unknown and unfair to an unsuspecting accident victim. You need to protect yourself from such tactics.
If you find yourself as an accident victim involving expensive medical bills, or complex accident facts, you should always contact an accident attorney to help you determine if you have a personal injury claim and who is at fault for your injuries. In many cases more than one party may be liable for your expenses, but the only way to know this (and how to proceed) is by seeking legal advice. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, lost, and unsure of what to do to get reimbursed, contact a personal injury attorney.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Lawyers will perform all the tasks associated with your personal injury case that you cannot or do not know how to perform.
At a basic level, accident lawyers can:
– Gather police reports;
– Collect witness statements;
– Collect medical records and documents in support of your claim;
– Negotiate with insurance adjusters;
– Perform all litigation tasks; and
– Take your case to trial.
A personal injury lawyer will also guide you through the process of your claim. They understand the specialized laws, liability limits, and potential recovery amounts involved in cases similar to yours.
An effective personal injury attorney can also negotiate with insurance companies about the value of your claim. Insurance adjusters are experts at negotiating accident claims and are only concerned with protecting their own financial interests. You should also have someone whose sole purpose is to protect your financial interests.
Insurance companies often have no need to settle claims until they see you are willing to go to trial. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney demonstrates that you are willing to go to trial early on and will hopefully shorten the entire recovery process for you.