When Should You Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

You don't always need a lawyer to represent you during a personal injury case. However, there are several situations in which you could benefit from hiring a personal injury attorney (such as one from Fitzsimmons & Vervaecke Law Firm). Learn more about the type of personal injury claims where the plaintiff could benefit from hiring an attorney. 

Long-Term or Permanent Damage

Unfortunately, accidents do happen that affect a person physically or alter their appearance for an extended amount of time or even permanently. When an accident results in long-term or permanent damage, it can be hard to place a monetary value on the damages, so it may be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your case. This way, you don't get talked into accepting a lower settlement than you deserve.

Severe Injury

Typically, the amount of a settlement for a personal injury case is determined by the severity of your injuries. This is normally determined by reviewing the type of injuries you have, your medical bills, and the amount of time it takes you to recover from your injuries. If you were severely injured in an accident, you could be eligible for a fairly large settlement. So, you should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before accepting a settlement offer to make sure you receive as much compensation as possible.

If an Insurance Company Denies Your Claim

It's common for people to assume that if an insurance company denies their claim, they aren't eligible for compensation. However, that's simply not true. You should have a personal injury attorney review your case. Typically, you don't have to pay attorney fees unless your attorney recovers money from your settlement and because the insurance company has refused your claim, any amount of money that your attorney recovers -- minus his or her fees -- is better than nothing at all.

Medical Malpractice Claims

If unprofessional, incompetent, or careless behavior from a healthcare worker resulted in you becoming sick or injured, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, because the legal rules involved and the medical questions that may arise could be extremely complex, it could be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you.

Personal injury lawsuits can be complicated. Often, you have to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company that wants to pay you the lowest amount possible. If you are unsure of how you should proceed, regardless of the nature of your personal injury claim, you should consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney for help.