Car accidents are expensive, as are the emotional, medical, and personal challenges with which they are fraught. The thought of paying a personal injury attorney, in addition to what you will have to spend after an accident, is likely to be daunting. And if your car accident causes damage that prevents you from working, that too can make you think twice about every last penny you spend.
The question remains then if it is worth hiring a personal injury attorney. For anyone considering taking matters into their own hands and handling them yourself, keep reading.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Personal injury cases can be long, tedious, overly detailed, and downright nightmarish. As such, it is highly recommended that you allow an objective representative who is in no way impacted or affected by your accident, to advocate on your behalf.
There is no law that requires you to hire a personal injury lawyer. In fact, whether or not you choose to employ an attorney is entirely up to you. But you would do well to consider the following items before making that decision.
Familiarity with Personal Injury Law
This may go without saying, but without any useful and working knowledge of personal injury law, your case is likely to fail before it even takes off. Without a working knowledge of how these laws work and understanding their process, the absence of a personal injury lawyer can make an already difficult situation, worse.
Negotiations with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies argue and debate about who will pay for what on a fairly regular basis. Even the most sophisticated, well-read attorneys can be overwhelmed by their verbal ping pong. Imagine then trying to engage in a discussion about rates and coverage after suffering an accident. That could serve to increase your vulnerability to the company or companies upon whom you are relying on for payment.
Conferences with Healthcare providers
Medical doctors are not just a source of care in personal injury cases. Rather, they are the experts by which the nature of injuries is evaluated and by extension, can make or break a case. That is why whomever you choose to be your legal representative must be fluent in medical jargon and understand how medical results interfaces with the law.
Discussions with Police
Even if you are familiar with the lingo with which officers speak, it may be traumatic to go back to the scene of your accident in order to review its visual details with them. And because the police you speak with today may not be the officers who were on the case when it occurred, gathering accurate data may be rather difficult.
Interviews with Witnesses
In order to corroborate evidence at the scene of an accident, you need access to the witnesses who were at the site and are not afraid to tell you what they saw. Keep in mind, that some people may not share details with a layperson.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
It is said that a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client. There is a lot of truth to this statement and not because we are in the business of insulting people. Personal injury clients are more likely to get higher settlements with representation than without. That is due to the fact, at least in part, that personal injury lawyers are skilled negotiators and have experience in the courtroom. Additionally, most lawyers operate on a contingency fee, which means they get paid commensurate only to what you win in court.
A personal injury lawyer who has successfully argued cases like yours, understands the ins and outs of the laws, and can guide you through the process, is truly your best bet when it comes to personal injury cases.