Experiencing an injury can leave you out of work and with a mountain of medical bills, not to mention confused about what steps, if any to take toward legal remedy. A successful personal injury claim will provide compensation to cover medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, to name a few. But it's rarely recommended that you take on litigation on your own. Here are three benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your claim.
Can Advise on Whether to Pursue Legal Action
One of the most common questions people have when they've been injured is whether it's worth it to pursue legal action. If you pursue a claim on your own, you may find yourself wasting time and energy preparing for litigation for a case that's not likely to be settled in your favor. An experienced personal injury lawyer can tell you up front whether you stand a good chance of winning your claim, or whether it's best not to pursue legal action. In addition, your lawyer understands the subtleties of your case and can tell you how much your claim is worth by analyzing your injuries and placing a monetary value on your pain and suffering.
Knows the Law
The average consumer is at a significant disadvantage when it comes to pursuing claims on their own, simply because they are unfamiliar with the legal process. It's not as simple as filing a claim and receiving a settlement check. There are a number of complex legal procedures involved in mediating and litigating your personal injury claim. You will need to know which documents to file and will have to complete the forms properly. Filing the wrong document, or making mistakes on forms can delay your claim, or cost you the case altogether.
Gets Better Results
Litigation is no small undertaking, especially against an insurance company that has a team of lawyers at its disposal. Even if you're familiar with the legal process, insurance companies are well-versed in tricks that lower your insurance settlement. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the tricks of the trade and will be ready to help you avoid such traps. For example, an adjuster may call and request that you give your version of events, only to then use what you said against you. A skilled attorney will advise you not to record a statement unless the attorney is present. Another trick insurance companies use is trying to pressure you into admitting some degree of fault, to lower your settlement amount. An experienced attorney will prevent this from happening to you.
Contact a firm like Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC to learn more.