When Do You Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Claim?
As we all know, accidents happen. You trip and fall on a broken sidewalk while strolling through the park. You’re out for a run when a stranger’s dog bites you. You’re rear-ended while driving home from work. In each of these cases, you might find that you’ve sustained a personal injury through no fault of your own. Now what?
Depending on the severity of the injury and the complications that might arise, it can be a good idea to hire a lawyer to help you file a personal injury claim. The more complicated the case, the likelier it is that you will need the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer, such as those who work at Mulligan Epstein Attorneys, to help you make your case. Below are just some of the ways a lawyer can help you deal with a personal injury claim.
Minor vs. Major
What may seem like a minor injury at the scene of an accident could turn into something more serious down the road. A good lawyer will advise you to wait until the extent of your injury is clear, and will help ensure you accept an offer only when all the information is ready and available.
Did you know that in many cases you may be eligible for “pain and suffering” damages? A lawyer can argue on your behalf to make sure you are compensated for the full extent of your injuries and damages.
Power and Prestige
No one wants to admit it, but it’s true. When you have a lawyer on your side, insurance companies and defendants instantly take you more seriously. It’s much easier to give an average person the run-around, ignore their calls, and overwhelm them with jargon and complicated paperwork. It’s much harder to do those things when they’ve got a professional on their side.
Just and Fair
When it comes to personal injury claims, insurance companies are not interested in justice. They’re interested only in paying you as little as possible. By hiring a lawyer, you guarantee that someone will be on your side, looking out for your interests, and upholding the laws of the land in a fair and just manner.
Invest in Yourself
The main reason most people try to avoid hiring a lawyer is because of the fees involved. This, however, is a short-sighted reaction. Based on a 2004 study by the Insurance Research Council, the average person receives a settlement 3.5 times bigger when they hire legal help. This means that at the end of the day the odds are good that you’ll come out ahead—even after you’ve paid your legal fees.
We hope this article helps explain when and why you should hire a lawyer for your personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured and need legal advice, contact Mulligan Epstein Attorneys today for a consultation, and let the healing begin.