If you have recently been involved in an accident, you may be considering hiring a personal injury attorney. However, before you make the decision as to whether or not you will secure legal representation, there are a few things that you should consider:
There is often no upfront cost required when hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Most personal injury attorneys do not require an upfront payment from their clients. Instead, they receive pay contingent upon the outcome of the personal injury case.
The pay is usually a percentage of the retribution that is awarded to the client. This percentage is agreed on before the personal injury attorney assumes the case. If the personal injury case does not result in compensation, the attorney is not paid.
A high level of legal expertise and experience is at your disposal.
Most personal injury attorneys have years of experience successfully winning compensation for clients. This can be helpful for clients who have little knowledge of legalities involved in personal injury law.
Haphazard comments to an insurance representative by a self-represented client can ruin a personal injury case. For instance, a simple reply such as" I'm doing well," when spoken to an insurance adjuster, could cause a large reduction in compensation.
You can receive more compensation.
Even after a personal injury lawyer receives payment for his or her services, victims who have legal representation usually end up with greater compensation than those who seek a settlement without an attorney.
You can waste less time performing your own legwork for your case.
Personal injury cases require the use of medical records and other reports in order to support the injury claims. However, it can be difficult for an injured victim to repeatedly correspond with hospitals and doctors' offices to acquire the needed reports. In addition, once the reports are obtained, few accident victims have the time and expertise needed to carefully review reports from law enforcement and eyewitness accounts that can show that the other party involved was at fault in the accident.
A personal injury lawyer will have a team of experts available to acquire the needed information for your case and to interact regularly with insurance representatives without jeopardizing compensation.
A personal injury lawyer can effectively mediate your case.
Insurance representatives are paid to help minimize the money lost by their clients. Thus, they are rarely concerned about a victim. A personal injury attorney can help present enough evidence to show that your request for compensation is substantiated. Also, he or she will know how to calculate compensation for damages that are not visible, such as pain and suffering.
If you have been injured and someone else was at fault in the accident, schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney (such as one from Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S.) in your area.