If you have recently been injured and believe it to be the result of negligence or recklessness by a third party, you may have a potential personal injury claim. While some people believe it is in their best interest to represent themselves during the legal process, there are a number of benefits to hiring an attorney with expertise in personal injury law. Keep reading for just three of the ways in which a personal injury lawyer can help you after you've been hurt.
Determining Your Options
Most people with no legal experience have very little idea of the options available to them after filing a personal injury claim. On the other hand, an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your case can help guide you through all of your options. These include, but may not be limited to, entering requesting mediation, entering the process of arbitration, negotiating a settlement out of court, or ultimately going to court for a trial. Not all personal injury cases are identical, and your legal strategies shouldn't be either.
Building a solid case after an injury is more difficult than simply providing an official statement and handing over medical records. Due in part to this difficulty, it is almost always necessary to leverage extensive professional connections in order to establish legal fault. Attorneys can reach out to doctors to obtain medical records, collect all relevant police reports, and gather other types of evidence that may pertain to your case. Without the aid of an attorney, most people are forced to create these connections from scratch.
Negotiating with Insurance Representatives
One of the toughest things to do during any personal injury claim is negotiating with insurance adjusters who represent the insurance companies involved. For example, you may receive an offer from an adjuster that you feel is too low, but you may be unsure about how to reply in such a way that lays out your justifications for a higher settlement. You may also receive an offer that you feel is fair, but you may still be unsure if you are entitled to additional compensation that corresponds to other aspects of the case. An attorney can help steer you toward a fair settlement quickly and efficiently, leaving you free from the stress and worry that often accompanies such negotiations. Without proper representation, you may feel lost about which avenues of recourse to pursue, and end up with restitution that you feel is less than what you deserve.Share