Do your research carefully: when hiring an injury lawyer, he/she must have general experience in these 3 fields:
- Representation of injured persons
- Holding cases in court
- Having dealt with insurance companies in the past
5 Benefits of hiring an Injury Lawyer
1. Professional Legal Guidance
It’s completely normal for someone who’s experienced an accident to feel lost and scared. The whole experience is new and could become stressful, adding a lot of tension into your life. Insurance companies routinely throw conflicting information at accident victims, which results in understandable confusion: nothing seems to make sense anymore. Unlike a family member or a close friend, who are there primarily for emotional support, your attorney will provide you with much needed legal support. They will be looking out for your best interest, should you choose to take legal action against the insurance company, making sure you get the maximum benefits you are entitled to.
2. A good attorney is a good negotiator
A good lawyer must have the ability to negotiate. Think about your accident or injury: such an experience might have ended your career, your ability to perform daily activities, or worse, it could have ended your life. Along this journey, your attorney could face many scenarios, where his ability to negotiate fair compensation could prevent a trial, which would significantly reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. If such negotiation attempts fail, then your attorney can take the next step and lead the insurance company in the court room.
3. Knowledge is power when it comes to insurance companies
Once you hire a personal injury lawyer for an accident claim where you’re not at fault, your lawyer will be addressing the insurance company(ies) on your behalf. Most insurers will not take your initial settlement offer. This is why a good injury attorney is prepared for battle against your insurance company. Having an experienced legal professional on your side could protect your interests and increase your chances of winning the case.
4. Good Lawyers are able to manage a lawsuit
A good injury attorney is capable of managing a lawsuit if necessary. Lawsuits are often required when the insurance company offers you a poor settlement. The risk of this happening is exponentially increased for individuals who choose to deal with their insurance company directly.
5. Fair Representation in court
Many people believe that hiring a personal injury attorney would cost a lot of money, and so believe they could win their case against their insurance company(ies) by representing themselves in court. What they don’t understand, however, is how to use the existing legal structure and court procedures to their advantage; if an injured victim tries to represent itself, they will most likely fail to do so due to their lack of knowledge. Skilled attorneys working for the insurance company(ies) will use this lack of knowledge to their clients’ advantage. Your benefits will be limited, or maybe even denied altogether. This is why it pays (literally!) to secure good and professional representation when forced to proceed with a lawsuit.
A quick process when choosing an injury lawyer
Consult with a family member or close friends – seek recommendation and do your research online.
Schedule a consultation with the injury attorney – make sure he’s a good fit for you and your case.
Make a list of all the questions you want answered – make sure you know the attack plan concerning your case and that you are involved all the way.