The most common question after an injury or accident is “When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?” Between injuries at the workplace, vehicle or motorcycle accidents, or slips and falls on private property, it can get confusing deciding when it may be time to consult with a personal injury attorney.
Is there serious injury?
The first consideration is how badly you were injured. If you weren’t injured that badly and can manage the claim process on your own, it may not be necessary. However, for any injury that required hospitalization, surgery, or pain for more than a couple days, you should seriously consider seeking the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. In particular, any claim involving past medical incidents or future medical expense, your claim can be significantly increased with good legal representation a personal injury attorney can provide.
Was the injury the result of someone else’s actions?
If you believe the injury was as a result of another’s negligence or deliberate action, it is critical to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Proving legal liability carries certain standards of evidence, and an attorney will be able to ensure any evidence is properly preserved.
Are representatives from the insurance company contacting you?
It is important to remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, and have their interests in mind, not yours. In particular, if any insurance representative is asking for signed or recorded information, it is important to advise them that you are contacting a lawyer before signing anything.
Is the insurance company refusing to pay?
Insurance companies have been known to employ dirty tactics to minimize what they pay in settlement in injury claims, even if fault isn’t disputed and the injuries are extensive. If the insurance company is denying your claim or offering you a low settlement amount despite a significant injury, it is important to reach out to a personal injury lawyer right away. The lawyer will be able to cut through the insurance company’s methods and ensure you are receiving a proper settlement.
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