Why you need a personal injury lawyer
Some of the reasons why you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer are:
To make sure that you know your rights:
Most people who get injured in motor vehicle accidents have no idea what claims they can make, so they happily accept whatever settlement they are offered by the wrongdoing party’s insurance company. A personal injury lawyer is an expert on tort law and can advise you on all the different claims that you can make. Without one, you may not be able to receive fair compensation.
To guarantee just compensation:
When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s negligence, there is no guarantee that his/her insurance company will agree to cover your medical bills and other expenses related to the injuries. Even if the company agrees to pay up, it may not be willing to give you a fair compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help force the defendants to pay every penny and he/she can often make them do so without having to go to court.
To fight back intimidation by the defendants:
Defendants often have a legal team of top notch lawyers who are experts in tort law and well versed in all the ways needed to minimize or deny the settlement claims in personal injury cases. If you don’t have a good lawyer to represent you, they may use intimidation to scare you away. A good personal injury lawyer is not intimidated by the legal team of any defendant and will negotiate or fight to get you fair compensation.
To get fair representation in court:
If you are denied fair compensation or seek to continue to dispute your claim despite a settlement offer, then you may have to continue with the lawsuit against the defendant. In court, you need a lawyer to represent you. Without a good and experienced lawyer, you have little chance of proving your case against a team of expert defense lawyers who will fight tooth and nail.
Many personal injury lawyers do not need to be paid in advance because they work on a contingency fee, which means that they take a percentage (typically a third to 40%) of the final settlement or judgment amount. You should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer if: you have sustained serious injuries that may have long-term repercussions, if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, if you are in dispute with the other driver over who was at fault, if you are being pressured by the adjuster into agreeing to a quick settlement, or if you feel that you have not been offered fair compensation. You may not need to hire a personal injury lawyer for minor injuries such as bruises and abrasions, although many lawyers are willing to provide free consultations to help determine the merits of your case.