Personal injury claims cover a wide range of situations. You face injury risks every day, while at your workplace, in a car accident, or a slip and fall at home. Injuries resulting from these accidents are all considered personal injury. Usually, victims will have so many questions running through their mind following an accident, with an ordinary one being, “Will I need a personal injury lawyer for my case?”
While there may be many more questions to ask following an accident, this question is essential. In truth, you may be capable of handling some situations or claims on your own through insurers. In some cases, you may need to seek the counsel and assistance of a trained lawyer. Read on to find out what you should know before deciding on whether to hire a lawyer in your personal injury case or not.
Severity of injuries
The severity of injuries can influence the cause that your case will take. You might have been involved in a minor fender-bender or sustained a minor bruise in a slip and fall accident at your local store that needed nothing more than cleaning and dressing. In such situations, you may be well-equipped to handle the situation as there may not be a need for legal action.
In some cases, an auto accident may result in a serious injury and damage to your car. Individuals may also suffer neck and back injuries in a slip and fall accident and can be looking at months out of work due to their injuries. In such cases, contacting a personal injury lawyer may be the right thing to do as you may have to take legal action against the party for compensation.
Who is responsible for the accident?
In a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant caused their injuries by acting negligently. Whenever accidents occur, most people will be quick to deny liability, which is why you will most likely need the help of a personal accident lawyer.
Personal accident attorneys are trained to analyze cases, collect relevant information, and show the elements of negligence in a bid to prove that the defendant was negligent. In cases like medical malpractice, you may need a lawyer’s assistance to prove the liable party as both the physician who committed malpractice and the hospital where the malpractice occurred could be held liable for your injuries.
Involvement with insurance companies
Where one or more insurance companies are involved, individuals may have a hard time going about the claim process. Typically, insurers will take every chance to deny or undervalue your claim, and you may miss out on so much in compensation. Insurance companies work closely with insurance adjusters who strive to find any reason to deny your claim.
This is especially the case with car accident and workplace accident claims. While most people will rush to speak to their insurance companies before even contacting a personal injury lawyer, it is important to note that you’re almost always better off speaking to an attorney before reaching out to your insurer. In fact, your insurer may use some of your statements to weaken your claim.
Keep in mind that your insurer is not on your side when you need them to pay out on your claim. It is, therefore, smart to let a personal injury lawyer handle all the conversations and negotiations where your insurance company is involved.
To hire or not?
It all goes down to the factors surrounding your accident. At Guy Levy Law, we understand the pain and agony that comes with personal injury. We are dedicated to representing and fighting for you until you receive your much-deserved compensation. If you’re thinking about handling your case alone to avoid legal fees, worry not! We work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay a dime until you receive your compensation. Call us today at [phone] to understand your rights and legal options.