When you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, your first question may be do I need a personal injury lawyer. The answer is yes. Hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent your interests is important to obtain the compensation you deserve. Filing a lawsuit for a personal injury or obtaining the compensation you deserve from an insurance company requires special training and skill. It also requires extensive knowledge of the legal system. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can be well worth the fee charged by the attorney, and in personal injury cases, you pay nothing until your case has been won.
Evidence shows that the outcome of cases handled by an injury lawyer is higher than those that lack representation. The first consultation is always free when dealing with a reputable lawyer, and information is kept confidential, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The following are some of the reasons why you should take advantage of a free consultation with a seasoned personal injury lawyer following an accident injury.
Insurance Companies Are in Business to Make Money
Insurance companies often make a low-ball settlement offer at first. This, of course, is because they want to settle as quickly and cheaply as possible. You should always consult with an attorney before signing any settlement agreement with an insurer. While you might think the offer is generous, it does not take into account whether all your medical bills and lost wages will be covered, especially if you have an injury that may be continuing on into the future.
In addition, some accident injuries do not show up right away, and it may be weeks before they do. If you quickly sign a settlement agreement, you cannot amend it later, and your claim may be much higher than you think. Some less than reputable insurance companies may use tactics to delay paying your claim or avoid paying it altogether. These tactics can include:
- When someone’s negligence caused your injury, the insurance company may try to convince you that your injury isn’t as serious as you say. This is a way of disputing your injury claim.
- The insurance company may try to place the blame for your accident injury on you. An experienced personal injury lawyer can prevent this from happening.
- They may refuse to pay because the paperwork is incomplete or filed late. Filling out paperwork after an accident can be discouraging, and insurance companies have many requirements and tight submission dates. Failure to comply means your claim could be rejected.
- Seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an at-fault driver or other accident caused your injury cannot be stressed enough. Insurance companies often try to say your injury could have happened elsewhere or isn’t serious because you didn’t seek medical care soon enough. This can make them deny the claim.
Serious Injuries Require the Help of a Seasoned Lawyer
The severity of your injuries is tied to how much compensation you may receive. Those who suffer injuries that involve an extended hospital stay, rehabilitation, at-home care and other costs will naturally receive higher compensation than someone who suffers a broken leg or arm and is back at work in a few weeks. Also, a severe injury will probably hit the limit of the insurance policy. This means you may have to take the case to court to obtain the compensation you deserve. A lawyer with experience in handling cases involving serious injuries is needed to obtain financial compensation to cover all of your losses.
Accidents Involving Multiple Vehicles
When multiple vehicles are involved or it isn’t clear who is liable for the accident, it is imperative to have an experienced lawyer by your side. Others who are involved in the accident will have their own lawyers, who are hired to protect their interests and make as small a payout as possible. Other parties involved may also place insurance claims, which can decrease the settlement you receive or even mean that you get nothing. An attorney can help by protecting you from cross-claims and counterclaims that might be filed by others involved in the collision.
Permanent or Long-Term Disabilities
Those who suffer injuries that are permanent or need care long-term should enlist the aid of a personal injury lawyer right away. This is because a seasoned lawyer can perform the calculations on how much compensation you will need to take care of medical and other needs as well as your lost earning capacity. To obtain fair compensation to cover those losses, the lawyer will leave no stone unturned in estimating what your future needs will be.
The Law Firm of David Azizi
David’s outstanding record of helping his clients comes from his legal expertise, compassion and determination to obtain fair compensation for them. This is why the legal ranking firm, Super Lawyers, has named him year after year as one of the top Los Angeles area personal injury lawyers. For your no-obligation, free consultation, call David today at (800) 991-5292 to talk with him about your case and find out how he can help you. If you prefer, you can get in touch with him by leaving an online message on his website. He will contact you as soon as he is available.