Injuries resulting from a workplace or vehicular accident can be very devastating depending on the severity. Such personal injuries mostly leave victims with huge medical bills, trauma, and sometimes incapacitated. Sometimes, the victim can’t work again for the rest of their life, bringing about subsequent financial challenges. On top of this, chasing your insurance companies for claims or your employer for workers’ compensation benefits could also be a daunting task.
Why should you go through all these troubles alone, when a personal injury attorney can handle the compensation issues? Handling a personal injury claim by yourself can be very difficult and counterproductive. Aside from the delays, your employer or the defender can take advantage of the situation to propose a lower settlement. You may even end up with no compensation due to some technicalities or poor presentation of the case.
It is therefore critical to hire an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney to fight for your right. Hiring a lawyer is very important when it comes to legal issues. Even if you drunk drive, you may need a DWI defense lawyer, to help defend your case, for a less severe sentence. You need a personal injury lawyer for the following reasons.
It gives you a free mind to recover
The aftermath of a personal injury can be very traumatizing, especially if you ended up being handicapped. Having to visit the hospital almost every day or being on admission isn’t easy, and much of your focus should be on your recovery. How can you be chasing your insurance or compensation benefits in such a state? You will need a personal injury attorney to take charge of your claims, as you focus on recovering. To speed up the recovery, there are things you can do to keep yourself active including daily exercising.
To get you a deserving compensation
Personal injury cases, especially workplace accidents hardly end up in court. Employers, through workers’ compensation benefits, sort out all such cases internally. However, in some cases, the employer may feel reluctant to give the full compensation or nothing at all. This is when you need an attorney.
Before consulting a lawyer, you should gather enough evidence by documenting how the accident happened. You will need this to prove your case in court. The lawyer may first try to reach your employer to agree on a settlement, if that fails, the case may end up in court.
For vehicular insurance claims, you will need to reach your insurer with all the needed evidence and documents.
Speed up the process
Some personal injury claims, especially vehicular accident claims can take several months before a payout is issued. This is because of the various paperwork involved, and sometimes the insurance company may be doing a private investigation to confirm your claim. A personal injury attorney can help speed up the process by negotiating on your behalf and reaching a deal. He/she will deal with all the paperwork, giving you a sane mind to focus on your recovery.
Represent you in court
If negotiations with your employer or insurance company toward a settlement agreement prove futile, the case may end up in court; and you will need an attorney to represent you. This is not to say you cannot represent yourself, however, imagine yourself against a professional defense lawyer. He/she will bully you around, and make your case look “nonsense” in the face of the law.
However, by hiring an attorney, you have someone defending your interest. Your attorney will guide you on what to say, how to answer questions from the defense team, and with enough evidence, help you to win the case.
You get to know if you have a good or bad case
It is very normal to think that you have a very good case after a personal injury. During this period, your reasoning may be clouded by emotions and there wouldn’t be a place for objectivity. Speaking to an attorney, therefore, gives you an objective view of the case and what should be done. The attorney would take the details of the accident, go through the terms and conditions of your contract, among others, and advise you accordingly. If the case is worth pursuing, the attorney would take you through the process. The options would be to negotiate with the defendant or file a suit.
Guide you on how to file for compensation
Some contracts have clauses, which can deny you a compensation claim. Some even specify the number of days there is to file for compensation, and how to do it, and any delay may render you unqualified. A personal injury attorney can review your contract; go through the clauses, and check the loopholes to escape any likely impediments. With this, you are sure of a successful lawsuit.