When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

A lot of people try to pursue their personal injury case on their own.  Technically, there is nothing to prevent you from attempting to negotiate with the insurance company.  In fact, it may be a worthwhile thing to do for people who have smaller, whiplash-type injuries, and who have enough time to research the issues and do the legwork without an attorney.
However, we have had many people call our office because they became too frustrated after dealing with the insurance company.  They have realized that the automobile insurance companies have a team of claims adjuster and lawyers whose job is to prevent them from paying out too much on claims.  They will leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding reasons to minimize, or even deny, legitimate car accident claims.

People Who  Should Hire an Attorney

An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to take on the insurance company for you.  A good attorney gives you the advantage of having someone in your corner who understands the procedural rules and the evidence necessary to prove your claim.  They will also have a team of people who will do the heavy lifting so you can relax and focus on recovering from your injuries.

An attorney who has experience in personal injury law will be able to get you more compensation than you would get on your own.  You should hire an attorney if:

  • You have suffered severe injuries;
  • You have incurred a significant amount of medical bills that will be difficult to pay; or
  • You have lost wages and income because you have been unable to work.

It is not uncommon for car accidents to cause injuries that keep people out of work due to significant pain, hospitalization and/or surgeries.  A disabling injury can keep someone out of work for a year, sometimes longer.  Other people sustain permanent injuries that leave them totally and permanently disabled.

It can be difficult to prove that you have a severe injury or that you are permanently disabled as a result of a car accident.  Most people grow up believing that, when you are injured, you should “rub some dirt on it” and move on with your life.  Unfortunately, that is not always possible to do.

Proving a severe injury requires the opinions of medical professionals and vocational experts who are trained to determine whether a person is capable of returning to work or being retrained to perform different work.  Your personal injury lawyer will consult with your own doctors and will also have a network of professionals to rely on for such opinion evidence.  This is critical for your case, and it will benefit you immensely to hire an experienced car accident attorney.

Reasons to Ask for a Free Consultation

Even if you are on the fence about hiring an attorney, it is sometimes worth your while to get a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney.  If you have experienced any of the following, call us today for a free consultation:

  • Insurance company has denied your claim;
  • Insurance company has denied liability; or
  • Insurance company has not offered you a fair settlement amount.

There are many reasons that insurance companies refuse to pay claims.  The insurance company might claim that you were at fault for the accident.  If that is the case, the insurance company will not pay you any money regardless of how badly you were injured.  Many times, a car accident attorney can review your case and immediately tell you if there are good reasons to dispute the insurance company’s decision.

A personal injury lawyer can also tell you if the insurance company’s offer is fair.  We will give you a free consultation.  That means we will sit down with you and review your case with you.  It will cost you nothing to find out whether the insurance company has made you a good offer. If there are areas in which we can offer assistance, it is beneficial for the client and for our firm to take a close look at such cases. ​

What to Look For When Hiring an Accident Lawyer

It is important that you do not delay too long in deciding whether to consult with a lawyer about your case.  Accident cases are governed by statutes of limitation that require you to take timely action or lose your opportunity to do anything about your injury case.

You should consider hiring an attorney whose practice focuses on personal injury case.  Like doctors who specialize in certain areas of medicine, attorneys who focus their practices on personal injury become more competent.  A personal injury attorney will give you the best shot at maximizing your insurance recovery.

Not all areas of injury law are the same.  An attorney who has experience in car accident cases will know the ins and outs of the law, how to deal with insurance claims adjusters, and the litigation process.

Find a lawyer who will be dedicated to your case.  You will want a lawyer who updates you on the status of your case, is willing to answer your questions, and will return your phone calls.

Finally, find a lawyer that you trust.  If you find an attorney that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, that person will probably be some you can trust with your case.

26 thoughts on “When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer”

  1. I like that you mentioned to find a lawyer who focuses on primarily personal injury cases. That way, you can be sure he has a lot of experience and expertise in the area. I was recently injured in an accident, and I have been trying to find a lawyer to help me get compensation. I will be sure to find a lawyer who practices specifically in this area, thanks for sharing!

  2. I think it makes a lot of sense that you would want to find a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. Getting that specific help and experience that an attorney like this could provide would be really important to help you receive fair compensation. At the very least it would increase your chances of being able to receive that compensation.

  3. I really liked your perspective of how hiring a lawyer to handle your claim is helpful since it allows you to focus on recovering from your injuries. A friend of mine was hurt in an auto accident, and I know he’s pretty stressed about everything in general right now. Taking his mind of his injury claim by hiring a lawyer seems like it would be the best thing he could do right now.

  4. I like how you point out that filing an insurance claim in writing can be a tough experience for people who have never done it before. I’ve never had to file an insurance claim before, and since I was injured in a car accident two days ago, I’m nervous that I will fill it out wrong. I should probably look into hiring a personal injury attorney so that everything is done correctly and I can receive the benefits I deserve. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We see this also in our area up in Vancouver BC (Canada) when it comes to dealing with the primary insurance company – ICBC – and how they treat auto accident victims with ridiculously low settlement offers and moving them towards seeking legal representation as a result to simply obtain what is fair. It’s often the unseen issues and ‘bigger picture’ that needs to be taken into account to correctly asses what the case is actually worth, vs. what has been offered and is why our role is so vital to our clients.

  6. I was in an accident the other day when someone ran their car into the back of mine. I ended up cracking my head open, and I had to go to the hospital. Thanks for saying that you should be sure to get a lawyer who will return your phone calls and answer your questions in addition to making sure you know exactly what is going on with your case. I’ll have to find a personal injury lawyer to help me out.

  7. My son was recently in a motorcycle accident for reasons we believe have to do with the vehicle. I agree that having the attorney tell you whether or not you have reason to fight is a save. I also think that having them help you understand how much you should be compensated for is also helpful. We hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.

  8. Safety is the number one reason I’d hire someone to install a TV antenna. My husband has attempted it himself before and nearly fell off the roof. That alone wasn’t worth the risk, not to mention the dangers involved in the installation itself. Much better to hire a professional.

  9. I like that you mention how an attorney will do the heavy lifting while you take a rest for the worries of the whole thing. My sister was just involved in a car accident and is wondering if she should get a personal injury attorney. I think I will encourage to hire a professional that will allow her to rest a bit from her worries and injuries.

  10. My sister was recently hurt when falling down some stairs at a store and wants to hire a lawyer to help her. So thanks for mentioning the fact that she should find an attorney that specializes specifically in personal injury cases. I’ll be sure to tell her that she’ll want to track down a great personal injury attorney since they’ll know the best way to win her case.

  11. It’s nice to know when a personal injury lawyer is a necessity. I like how you pointed out that they can help deal with the insurance company for you. My brother was recently in an accident, and I know he hates talking with insurance people. I’ll suggest he hire a lawyer!

  12. I appreciate the clarity that you gave about times that a person should try to find a personal injury attorney. There are a lot of people who will get severely injured, but don’t think that they need an attorney to help them. If this ever happens to me, or somebody in my life, I’ll definitely have to remember these tips.

  13. I’m glad that you talked about how an attorney can help you get fair compensation from and insurance company. I was injured a few days ago and I wasn’t sure if I should take what they’ll give me. I’ll have to speak with an attorney first, to make sure I get the amount that I actually need.

  14. I was in a car accident, and I’m not sure what to do. It makes sense that I would want to get a personal injury lawyer! That way they can help me get compensated so I can pay my medical bills easier.

  15. I agree that you should not wait too long after an injury before hiring a personal injury lawyer. My sister waited too long and she could have possibly received more for her settlement. At least we know what to look for and what to do next time.

  16. My sister was in a car accident and had to spend some time in the hospital with a broken leg. The medical bills piled up and she lost time at work. I am going to let her know to do a free consultation with an attorney. I think she can qualify for a lawsuit.

  17. Thanks for the great article! It’s great to know that an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to take on the insurance company for me. I’ll be sure to hire one when I do need it.

  18. My friend is trying to handle their personal injury case alone and I think it is a bad idea. I really think that they sound find an attorney to help them out. It would be really nice for them to have that buffer between them and the insurance company. I think they really do need the time to just relax and not have to worry about what happened. Thanks for the information!

  19. Thanks for going over some reasons to get a personal injury lawyer. It’s good to know that they can help you understand what the procedural rules are like. If I were in this situation, I know I would probably feel more confident in the case if I had someone with me who could explain what the process is like and what to expect throughout it.

  20. Thanks for this info. I lost my job because I am not able to work. I just had an accident. After reading this, I am now convinced to have a lawyer to help me.

  21. I think it’s an excellent idea to hire a personal injury lawyer after a car accident. If they are willing to give a free consultation then even better. It’s always good to have them up to date and ready to go should you really need them rather than scrambling trying to find one when it’s too late. I’ll have to pass this along to my friend who just got in a car accident. Thank you for the information.

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