You never think that you’re going to be the victim of an accident until it happens. Experiencing a personal injury upends your life and makes it difficult to think about the future. You find yourself in a new world of legal battles, painful recovery and financial troubles, unsure where to go next.
This is the reality for many Americans who have suffered a personal injury. In 2015 alone there were 41.6 million emergency room visits for injuries, and there is no way of telling how many of those injuries caused lifelong issues. It’s important to know that you aren’t alone if you have suffered from an accident like this.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury you may need the help of an experienced lawyer. Learn more about how an attorney may help you fight your case.
When do I need an attorney?
If your injury is incredibly minor and caused no impact on other areas of your life, you will likely not need the help of a personal injury attorney. If you have experienced extensive injuries, lost wages due to your injury or struggle to pay your medical bills, you should contact an attorney. In these situations, it’s possible that the insurance company is unwilling to pay or is offering you an unfairly low settlement. Having a lawyer on your side can make the difference between receiving a massive settlement or no compensation at all.
Some common reasons to hire an attorney include:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Wrongful deaths
- Work-related injuries
What are some tips for hiring a personal injury attorney?
It’s important to do your research and find a lawyer who is passionate about getting you the results and the compensation that you deserve.
Consider these tips before hiring a personal injury attorney:
- Get someone with experience. The more experience your lawyer has, the better they will be at handling the complex process of fighting on behalf of you and your injury. They should be able to plainly explain to you the process and make it easy for you to understand what is going on during the procedure.
- Get someone local. An attorney who lives and works close to you and your claim allows you to be more involved in the process. You should have a good close relationship with your personal injury lawyer, and the best way to do that is to have face-to-face conferences regularly.
- Don’t choose impulsively. Don’t choose the first personal injury attorney that you see on a commercial or hear about from a friend. You want to know that your attorney has a track record of success and will be able to help win your case. Many attorneys offer free consultations — use this as an opportunity to get to know them and see if they would be a good match for your case.
- Detail your accident. Often, personal injury attorneys will conduct their own investigation of your case, but you will need to provide as many details as possible prior to hiring a lawyer. This helps them to figure out how much your settlement may be worth and gives them an idea of how long fighting you case may take.
When you need help legal help, contact Pettit Law Office.
Our combined 100+ years of experience and unmatched legal expertise help us to get the best results possible for you and your case.