When should you hire a personal injury lawyer?

When should you hire a personal injury lawyer?

When should you hire a personal injury attorneyOver 32,000 people are killed and more than 2 million people are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. Those are quite sobering statistics, yielding hundreds of millions of dollars in medical, property, and other costs. Despite the fact that the average person will likely experience some form of crash 3-4 times in their lifetime, many people still don’t know the ins and outs of filing an insurance claim – or what to do, legally, if they are injured in a crash.

Personal injury cases are filed when someone has been hurt as a result of someone else’s actions. These are generally civil cases, but in instances where drugs or alcohol may be a factor, there can also be a criminal case filed. When a case is filed, then it is the court’s decision as to who pays the bill.

If you’ve filed a claim and you’re the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, it’s most often the insurance company who is directed to pay for that claim.

The Real Travesty

Unfortunately, when the injured person chooses not to file a claim, an attorney is unable to help them receive compensation. Personal injury lawyers aren’t able to work their ‘magic’ if there’s no case in front of them, after all.

The real travesty is when the person who has endured the injury chooses not to file a personal injury claim. In that case, all of the pain and suffering lands squarely on the person who is injured. There are a number of reasons why someone might not or chooses not to make a claim:

  • The at-fault party is a friend
  • Fear of insurance rates going up
  • Afraid the other party doesn’t have the money
  • Don’t believe the injuries are worth it
  • Convinced that it’s their lot in life

It’s the court’s decision and prerogative to decide who’s at fault in the case of personal injury lawsuits. In complicated cases, it may not be inherently obvious what happened to cause the accident.

Where does a personal injury lawyer come into the picture?

Hopefully, a personal injury lawyer comes into the picture at the very beginning of the story, as soon as the wreck has been deemed serious enough. A general rule of thumb says that the more serious the accident, the faster you should bring in a lawyer.

Insurance companies are usually responsible for making sure that the injured party is compensated, but these companies don’t necessarily want to pay out what you deserve to recieve. Some of the less scrupulous companies will do everything that they can to reduce the amount of money they pay out.

Experienced lawyers are familiar with the things these insurance companies will do to avoid paying, and they can take steps to fight for your just compensation. It is not necessarily the case where insurance companies are actively against you, but they have no qualms about fully protecting their vested interest. If they can retain a profit for their shareholders, they will. There are a lot of dirty tricks they’ll use to keep you from getting what you deserve. A personal injury lawyer can guard you against them and prevent you from acting against your own best interest due to the persuasion of a “friendly” insurance adjuster.

Injuries and car accidents happen every day, but hopefully they do not happen to you on a frequent basis. If you’ve been injured, we hope that you take your personal injury claim to someone who is qualified, experienced, and dependable.