The question of whether you need a personal injury lawyer after being involved in an accident or suffering an injury is one that is very fact specific, generally to be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, there are some things to consider that may help you in determining if and when a personal injury lawyer can help you. These are discussed below.
Complexity of the Case
Personal injury claims come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from cases where a single defendant’s liability is fairly straightforward (e.g., many rear-end auto accidents) to overly complex (e.g., medical malpractice or when multiple defendants are involved). Thus, the complexity of an accident or injury claim can oftentimes be a determinative factor when choosing whether to consult and retain a personal injury lawyer. Should you find yourself feeling “over your head” when dealing with the defendant, their insurance company, or an attorney, it may be in your best interest to seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Type and Severity of Injuries
Injuries, both physical and emotional, are the two of the main sources of damages for which plaintiffs may recover monetary compensation when injured due to the negligence or intentional actions of another. The amount of compensation a plaintiff receives is generally dependent upon the amount of medical bills incurred due to injuries, pain and suffering, and more. As you incur more and more medical bills, the risk of not being fully compensated increases, and seeking outside help from a lawyer may be in your best interest.
Unfortunately, you may suffer injuries that result in long-term or even permanent physical disability. If this is the case, it may very well be in your best interest to consult an experienced lawyer to guide you through the legal process so you may focus on your health and wellbeing.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
At Hughey Law Firm, we know all too well the difficulties that can occur when dealing with insurance companies and their adjusters as we deal with them every day. Insurance companies are for-profit entities ultimately concerned with their bottom-line. Oftentimes, insurance companies attempt to limit the amount paid for claims made against their insurance policies or even deny claims by refuting liability on behalf of their insured. If you find yourself in this situation, please do not hesitate to fully explore your legal options by contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Deciding whether to retain a personal injury lawyer is a significant choice to be made when you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. Although the aforementioned factors are only a select few to consider and none by themselves are dispositive as to whether you should retain a lawyer, they ought to be considered to help you navigate the legal landscape surrounding your personal injury claim(s).
If you are unsure as to whether retaining a personal injury lawyer is best for you, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Hughey Law Firm to receive a free consultation.