There are times in your life when you will need professional help, such as when you suffer injuries from an accident that is not your fault. An attorney can provide invaluable help, counseling, and support at a time when you are at your most vulnerable. Take a look at these 9 reasons why you should hire a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the legal system and the process of filing a personal injury claim.
Get the Right Medical Help
Speaking to your legal services in Adelaide immediately after suffering an injury means you will receive the best treatment possible, quickly, to get you back on your feet. Personal injury lawyers work with a range of medical practitioners who may be called upon to testify on your behalf as a witness during court proceedings to talk about the extent of your injuries.
Objectivity and Professionalism
An accident can leave you suffering from pain, possible disorientation, confusion, and anger, and you can find it difficult to pull yourself together to present the hard facts of what happened. Speaking with someone not personally involved, who knows the right questions to ask, and can seek out the facts along with obtaining witness testimony, means you can concentrate on getting well. A personal injury lawyer knows how to gather the information you need, what records or financial reports to keep, and will focus on what needs to be done to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.
While you may need to undergo ongoing medical treatment for your injuries, the medical costs are mounting up along with other bills such as the rent, the electric, etc. If you’re out of work due to your injuries, this can seriously rack up some debt. Getting compensation for your injuries is not a quick process while you are working to get back to full strength, but you can rest assured your legal team is working hard on your behalf to pursue the best compensation available for you.
Explain the Options Available
As a formal personal injury paralegal, it was my duty to explain the options available to our clients who were injured. Most cases can be settled out of court – which is a good thing – as the law is complex and going through litigation (a jury trial) is a stressful process. Your attorney reviews the facts of the case and can discuss with you what your options are with regard to settling the claim with the insurance company or filing a lawsuit.
Settlement and Negotiation Expertise
One of my fortes as a personal injury paralegal was putting together settlement packages for our clients that were then reviewed by the attorney. If the other party refutes your claim on any part, you may need to go to court to settle the matter. However, going to court can be a long, drawn-out process depending on the statute of limitations and where you are located. In addition, a court trial may sometimes hurt more than it helps, so your personal injury lawyer will advise you what your options are.
Expertise in Reviewing and Presenting Evidence
If the defendant’s lawyers refute your claim and the evidence provided, you may have no option but to go to court. Your lawyer will be able to review the defendant’s evidence, scrutinize everything presented by the opposing counsel, and work with you to ensure that the counter-evidence is in place or provide proof to show the accident was not your fault.
Filing Claims and Keeping to Deadlines
Not all injuries sustained due to an accident are physical in nature. Depending on the severity of the accident, there are instances where plaintiffs have suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder. I know for me personally, following a terrible accident I had while traveling in New Hampshire, I had a very difficult time driving again afterward. I was constantly fearful and jumpy when a vehicle would get too close to me, and I would literally break down into tears when vehicles were traveling too fast and too close to me.
If you are still receiving treatment, or still emotionally affected by the accident, your lawyer can deal with the deadlines and procedures that need to be adhered to in your state or country to keep your claim moving forward.
Increased Success Rate
The defendant’s legal team will be doing all they can to throw out your case or at least reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay out. If you use a personal injury lawyer, they will not settle for less and will work through the process to ensure you receive a successful outcome and payment for the losses you have suffered.
Support in Court
While in some cases you can defend yourself in a courtroom, a personal injury case is NOT one of them. Take our advice in that if you go to court without legal representation, you will find yourself outmatched by the defendant’s lawyers and quite literally could walk away with nothing.
Having your own lawyer will ensure you are properly represented, that you understand the process, and they will properly present the evidence to the court that backs your claim.
So if you find yourself in an automobile accident due to no fault of your own, we strongly urge you to seek the professional services of a personal injury lawyer immediately.