Unfortunately, one of the most likely things to happen to all of us in our lives is to be involved in at least one serious car accident involving injury.
Over two million people are hurt in traffic accidents every year in the U.S. In fact, your odds of being involved in a car accident are one crash out of 366 for every 1,000 miles distance driven.
Suppose you are the victim of a car accident that causes you serious financial, physical and emotional harm and pain and suffering. In that case, you should consider a personal injury claim.
It is always recommended that you consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after you seek medical help. This will ensure that you have the best chance of winning your case. Be sure to bring all of your medical bills with you to your consultation, as your lawyer will need that information to put your claim together.
Let’s look at some of the areas of personal injury law together.
Injuries – Take A Closer Look
You need first to assess the nature and extent of your injuries.
If your injuries are severe, you need to see a lawyer and appoint someone to represent you.
It is not recommended that you try to represent yourself due to the issue’s complexity. Personal injury law is highly specialized and requires an in-depth knowledge of the law, medical procedure and practice.
If you are tempted to handle your matter, imagine yourself having to examine and cross-examine an expert medical surgeon in court before a judge and jury. If that is not enough to put you off, good luck!
Appointing an attorney will ensure that:
- You will claim for the full spectrum of damages you are entitled to and not omit to claim for anything that is rightfully due to you;
- Any insurance company you need to deal with (including your own) will take you much more seriously;
- You stand the best chance of obtaining the maximum amount possible from negotiations or the award made by the court.
Conversely, if your injuries are only minor, appointing an attorney may not be necessary. For example, you suffered a small scratch on your arm when in a car accident. There are no or meager costs associated with treatment and no long term effects. Therefore, you could handle your claim yourself in such a case as the risk is minimal.
Before you rush off and handle your matter, consider that your injuries may be more severe than they first appear. As an example, a rear-end collision may leave you feeling shaken with no apparent injuries. Some injuries take time to present themselves. So, weeks or even months later, you may discover that you require extensive treatment for whiplash.
It is prudent to make sure that you allow some time to pass before finalizing your evidence to ensure that all injuries are included in your claim.
Beware The Jabberwocky Dreaded Insurance Company
If one thing is certain, the insurance company does not have your best interests at heart.
Your interests and the insurance company’s interests are diametrically opposed.
You will aim for the maximum possible. The insurance company will be looking to pay out the minimum amount as all payouts affect their bottom line. Insurance companies are, after all, businesses seeking to make profits.
Personal injury attorneys and insurance company lawyers spend much time negotiating around the settlement.
Negotiation is their daily bread, and both sides employ tried and tested tactics to achieve their aims. However, suppose you enter this arena with no experience. In that case, you are highly likely to be outgunned, and your claim will suffer.
Your attorney should handle all communications with the insurance company. The insurance company will take you more seriously, and you will maximize the settlement amount.
Personal Injury And Lawyers Fees
We all know that lawyers are also running businesses and are driven by charging fees.
You will want the maximum amount possible at the end of your matter. Lawyers charge fees to represent you.
So how do you get the lawyer to limit his fees to ensure that you pay him as little as possible? How do you ensure that you get the maximum award while ensuring that your lawyer represents you to the best of his ability?
The answer is you don’t.
Almost all personal injury lawyers are prepared to work on a contingency fee basis. However, you only pay them after successful recovery on your claim.
The law firm will not only sponsor the costs of your entire matter so you don’t have to, but they will work for a percentage of the award given. Your lawyers will strive to get the maximum award as, in so doing, they are maximizing the fees charged.
You are far more likely to receive a significantly higher settlement by appointing a specialist personal injury attorney than if you decided not to.
Your first consultation is free.
If your lawyer is prepared to act, he is confident that he can win your case. If not, he stands to lose money.
The first consultation with your lawyer is free. However, since fees are charged on a contingency basis, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer before deciding whether to proceed with your matter.
Personal injury claims are complex and require the training and experience of professionals to maximize your claim.
Don’t skimp at the prospect of the expense of a lawyer.