After you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing, it’s likely that you’re entitled to receive compensation from the responsible party. You may have even already asked to have your medical bills taken care of and received either an outright denial or a laughably low offer, one that doesn’t begin to offset what the accident has cost you. The medical and rehabilitation bills, the lost time at work and reduced wages during your recovery, the cost to repair or replace your automobile or other personal property, and many other expenses can pile up fast after a bad accident, and that’s before considering compensation for your pain and suffering.
In cases like this, a lawsuit is often the only way to pursue the compensation that you’re owed. While you can represent yourself for any claim, you always have one option available: hire a personal injury attorney to help you. An attorney will be able to take much of the legal burden off of you, so that you can focus on the important part of the injury: the healing process.
Here’s what a personal injury attorney can do to help your case, and how you can get help after a serious accident.
Personal Injury Attorneys Protect Your Rights
After your accident, it’s likely that you’ll be receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance agents, attorneys, and other representatives of the other parties involved. They may ask for recorded statements about what happened (which you are not obligated to give) and may even try to offer you a settlement immediately. By having an attorney on your side, you can sidestep much of this process by simply referring them to your legal counsel, who will be able to handle any negotiations and relay them back to you in clear and easy to understand terms.
Importantly, your attorney will have a good idea of what your claim may be worth, and won’t be badgered into unknowingly accepting a settlement that’s far below the actual value of the injury. He or she will be able to better protect your rights by being familiar with the law and what’s really a fair offering. When the fault in the situation is clear-cut, an initial settlement offer may actually even be worthwhile, but sometimes it can just be an attempt to catch the unwary and pay out as little as possible. Your attorney can help you make the decision to either accept, or continue towards trial.
Personal Injury Attorneys Do the Work for You
Preparing for a lawsuit involves a lot of work. Formal investigations into what caused your injury often take a lot of time and effort that you simply may not have, especially while you’re recovering. This is another time when your attorney should really shine for you: he or she will be busy obtaining witness statements, collecting police reports, gathering photographs of the scene, and even performing background checks and finding other relevant historical information are all a major part of gathering the evidence necessary to convince a jury that you deserve compensation for what happened.
Proper investigations can be an exhausting process even for those in the best of health, and that’s before a foot has been set into a courtroom. Your attorney will do everything he or she can to settle things before things reach that stage, but when it comes down to it, your attorney will be the one front and center before the judge and jury for you, representing your interests and making your case. Depending on the circumstances, you may not ever need to set foot in a courtroom yourself. Regardless, your attorney be there to follow your directions and do what’s necessary to win your case while you work on getting better.
How to Get Legal Help
Still worried about your legal situation after a serious injury? Wayne Wright LLP would like to help you. We’ve spent decades helping victims in need recover the compensation that they deserve after accidents that could have been prevented. To get the answers you need about your accident, call Wayne Wright by phone, use the contact form to send an email, or click the live chat box on this page right now and arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced legal professional today.