How can a personal injury attorney help me? This is a question that you may be asking if you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party.
You want to be fairly compensated for your injury, and you do not see why you cannot handle this yourself. You think you should be able to negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company and be fairly compensated for your injury.
You may think, “How can a personal injury attorney help me?” What will they do for me?
If your injury is minor and the compensation you expect to get is small, you probably can handle it yourself. However, if your injury is serious and treatment for that injury is going to be costly, involve possible surgery or surgeries and/or be needed for months or even years, a personal injury attorney can help you in several ways.
To begin with, a personal injury attorney can help you by keeping you from making damaging statements. A statement that may seem to be unimportant or insignificant concerning the accident or your injury may actually prove to be greatly damaging to your personal injury claim.
This is what can happen if the responsible party’s insurance company asks you to give a recorded statement. A personal injury attorney will probably advise you not to give a recorded statement unless they are present with you and have carefully prepared you to give a truthful account of the accident and your injury that is helpful to your claim.
A personal injury attorney can help you by getting you the best possible compensation you are entitled to. An insurance company is in business to make money. They will try to get you to accept the lowest possible settlement offer. In nearly all instances, that settlement offer will be significantly higher when they know that you have a personal injury attorney on your side.
You may say, “But doesn’t a personal injury attorney get part of my settlement?” A personal injury attorney does get a percentage of whatever compensation you are awarded. However, most of the time, you will still come out with more compensation than you would have received if you dealt with the insurance company yourself.
A personal injury attorney can help you in the matter of litigation. The law is complex and complicated. This is especially true when it comes to personal injury law. A personal injury attorney knows all of the legal provisions and requirements that pertain to personal injury law and will make sure that they are met in a timely manner.
A personal injury attorney can also help you by protecting your rights in the future. When you accept a settlement from an insurance company, you have to sign a release. This means you are not allowed to make any additional claim against the responsible party in the future. A personal injury attorney will make sure that language is included in the release that protects your future right to recover additional compensation.
The best thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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