When Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

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If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may have a viable personal injury claim. However, without the right legal training and experience, you won’t know whether it is something worth pursuing. Unlike many other types of lawyers, a personal injury lawyer does not charge consultation fees. Since personal injury lawyers are willing to conduct free consultations, you would be well-advised to capitalize on that opportunity. 

Damages that a personal injury lawyer can pursue

Depending on your case’s facts, you could be entitled to numerous categories of damages. These damages include past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent impairment, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and several others. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to discuss the facts of your case with you and know what types of damages might be available to you in your personal injury case. In an initial meeting, a personal injury attorney will unlikely have enough information to put a precise number on the amount of money you could expect in a potential settlement or verdict. Still, she will likely have enough information to determine whether your claim is worth pursuing.

Assessing your losses

A skilled personal injury attorney will also have the ability to help you maximize your damages by identifying key witnesses who can testify to the extent of the loss you have suffered. They will be able to quickly determine whether you’ll need to hire expert witnesses who can testify regarding such issues as permanent impairment, causation, or lost earning capacity. She will also know how to act quickly to prevent the insurance company or at-fault party from destroying or disposing of crucial evidence to help you prove your claim.  Most important, however, is that you can obtain a larger settlement if counsel represents you. A 2004 study by the Insurance Research Council revealed that, according to their research, injured people who attorneys represent could settle their personal injury claims for 3.5x more than those who were unrepresented. 

Situations where you may not need a personal injury lawyer

If you did not seek medical treatment immediately after your accident, and if you are not experiencing any pain at all as a result of the accident, it is unlikely that you would have a personal injury claim that is worth hiring a personal injury attorney to handle. The value of personal injury cases is largely driven by how extensive your injuries are and how much medical treatment your injuries require. So, if your accident occurred more than a few days ago, and you haven’t received any treatment and aren’t experiencing significant pain, your claim is probably not worth hiring an attorney to handle. Additionally, while this may be obvious, you would not need to retain a personal injury lawyer if you were at fault for the accident. This is true since you will need to prove the other party caused the accident that injured you. 

Call our personal injury lawyers today

However, suppose you did require medical treatment after an accident that was not your fault and you are experiencing ongoing pain or other symptoms. In that case, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can best prepare your personal injury case for trial. It will position you for the best possible outcome in your case. Even though most personal injury claims are settled without going to trial, you will need the advice of a skilled personal injury attorney to help you navigate the complicated landscape of civil litigation and insurance claims. You can contact the Maxey McFarland Law Firm at 864-387-8362.

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Last Updated: 03-12-2024
Written By: Will Maxey