Injured in an Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident or while at work or on the job, you should seek a personal injury lawyer immediately. Why? Insurance companies typically have the deck stacked in their favor. They have plenty of money and lots of legal resources whose sole goal is to prevent you from making a claim. You want to make sure that you are on an even playing field, or as even as possible, when dealing with these companies.
That is why you want to have your own team of experts in your corner when dealing with these companies. Insurance companies are going to protect their own interests first. They may try to nickel and dime you wherever possible and save the company money, to your own detriment. That is why it is optimal to have your personal injury attorney to represent you in these negotiations. You never want to do anything on your own other than report the fact that you had an accident.
What to Expect from a Personal Injury Lawyer
Your personal injury lawyer and personal injury law firm should make sure that your medical bills are paid and, if applicable, that any property damage claim is paid in a timely fashion. The time to start that process is right after you leave the emergency room or are released by the accident investigation team that arrives to set up the driver information exchange for your accident. You do not want to go without counsel during any part of the process and you can usually hire a lawyer on a contingency basis. That means you don’t pay anything out of pocket to the attorney.
In some cases, a personal injury law firm may also have medical personnel on staff that can evaluate your claim and tell you what type of personal injury claim you have and also interpret the medical records that they receive from your physicians and serve as a buffer between you and the physicians. They will also be able to make sure that you are receiving the best personal care for your injuries and best serve your personal injury case by being thorough and professional.
Personal injury lawyers often have investigative staff at their disposal that can help with your personal injury claim. They can help recreate the accident and use the information at trial, or in negotiations with the carrier to get you the best possible settlement or verdict. Private investigators are just as important as the personal injury attorneys as they arm the personal injury lawyer with the information necessary to pursue your claim.