If you were hurt in an accident where someone else was at fault, you have probably gotten all sorts of advice. Among other things friends, family and co-workers may have told you to get an attorney. But is it really worthwhile? Here are some of the reasons for hiring a personal injury lawyer.
A successful personal injury lawyer is first and foremost a good listener. In most cases, he or she is also a compassionate person and passionate professional. This allows him or her to sympathize, or even empathize with clients.
However, the best personal injury lawyers can also detach themselves from the emotional aspects of each case. This allows them to assess the merits of each matter based only on legal principles and relevant laws. Without emotional involvement they can be honest about the viability of each claim and potential compensation.
A personal injury attorney has relevant skills and experience
In addition to objectivity a personal injury lawyer brings his or her familiarity with different types of claims to the table. This is important because personal injury claims range from slip and fall to motor vehicle accidents, product liability and so on. A personal injury attorney is also familiar with strategies insurance companies use in the settlement process and litigation.
This means you do not have to worry about spending a lot of time – and money doing complex legal research. It also means you don’t have to waste time and energy fighting with an insurance company.
Personal injury attorneys do all of the legwork for you
Building a strong personal injury case takes a lot of hard work. Personal injury attorneys (and their staffs) obtain and review relevant material such as police reports and medical records. They also communicate directly with insurance adjusters, interview witnesses, and draft and file legal documents. Meanwhile, you can concentrate on recovering from your injury.
Personal injury lawyers take all of your circumstances into account
As all personal injury attorneys are aware, no two cases are exactly the same. Sometimes, a plaintiff has gone through bankruptcy or divorce. In some cases, they may have a criminal record. All of these circumstances can influence a personal injury case. When this happens, personal injury lawyers work with their peers in other practice areas to minimize the impact and ensure the best possible outcome for the plaintiff.
Most personal injury lawyers do not require payment up front
When it comes to payment, most personal injury attorneys work on contingency fee agreements. This means that you do not have to make any payments up front. Instead, any payment along with costs and fees, are deducted from your judgment or settlement.
A personal injury lawyer can offer other options
If all else fails, personal injury lawyers can recommend and facilitate options for resolution other than settlement or litigation. These options are collectively known as alternative dispute resolution methods, or ADR. Mediation and arbitration are the most widely recognized types of ADR.
In many cases, ADR can help avoid long, drawn-out litigation and provide a satisfactory outcome for both parties.
The bottom line
The bottom line is if you were not badly hurt and can go back to work you can probably resolve matters with the responsible party’s insurance company. On the other hand, if you were seriously injured and partial or full recovery is questionable, it is better to consult a personal injury lawyer.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to do so is that statistically, people who retain counsel tend to receive more in settlements and judgments.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident where someone else was to blame, don’t leave anything to chance. Contact the Law Office of Parag L. Amin P.C. to schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, today.