Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Being injured in an accident at no fault of your own is overwhelming, and confusing, and the resulting financial and medical impacts can be extremely difficult to deal with.

You might be considering working with the insurance company of the at-fault party, even if the compensation doesn’t fully cover the extent of your problems or necessarily secure adequate compensation. People will often work with insurance companies just to get the process over as quick as possible and put the accident behind them.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help secure fair compensation for your injuries and damages, and alleviate some of the burdens after an accident.

A personal injury lawyer will guide you through the legal process and fight for a fair settlement while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Hire a personal injury attorney from Bodewell Law: our lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss legal options and ensure a progressive, confidential relationship for all potential clients.

How can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

When you get into contact with a personal injury attorney and complete an initial consultation, they will assess your case, sign you on as their client, and begin the process of filing a personal injury claim.

Personal injury attorneys and their legal team will help you determine liability, gather evidence related to your case, and outline non-economic and economic damages you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. All of these steps are crucial in building a strong personal injury case.

Your personal injury lawyer will handle your lawsuit in court and ultimately secure compensation.

Determining Liability

Determining liability is a difficult piece of a lawsuit that a personal injury attorney will spend a great amount of time on, especially if multiple parties can be found at fault.

After you hire a personal injury lawyer, they will being an investigation to determine the liable party(s). The liable party’s insurance company will conduct a secondary investigation, and then both parties will begin the negotiation process. If multiple parties are determined to be at fault, they will also conduct a secondary investigation.

If the liable party is uninsured, or both parties cannot agree on a settlement, your legal representation will likely end up filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Gathering Evidence

Your personal injury lawyer will help you through gathering evidence. Evidence is key in personal injury cases. A personal injury lawsuit is won or lost on the quality of evidence provided.

Evidence in a personal injury lawsuit may include:

  • Photos and videos
  • Witness statements
  • Medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Police Reports or incident reports
  • Public records
  • Physical evidence such as damaged property
  • Lost wages as a result of the injury

Assessing Damages

Damages in a personal injury lawsuit refer to any monetary or non-monetary losses incurred as the result of an accident. Damages will differ between cases: the amount or variety of damages you may be able to claim in your own case may be greatly different than other similar lawsuits.

Your personal injury lawyer will help you to assess and calculate your current and future damages, and present them in settlement negotiations with the liable party’s insurance company, or in court if your case goes to trial.

Typical damages in personal injury cases can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses (and other future damages)
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Property damage
  • Loss of income or earning ability
  • Permanent disabilities

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury claims are difficult for an average person to understand and file on their own. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, an injury claim can be filed correctly and you can begin your journey to compensation.

Things a lawyer has to consider in filing a personal injury claim typically include:

  • Liability and who the negligent party was
  • Statute of limitations (the time limit somebody has to file a lawsuit)
  • Damages incurred and their monetary value
  • Evidence available
  • How cooperative the liable party’s insurance company is

When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately after your accident occurs.

It’s highly recommended to hire a personal injury lawyer before you talk with the other party’s insurance company and file an insurance claim. An experienced attorney and the staff their law firm can take over direct communications with these entities and protect your legal rights in such a difficult situation.

Your personal injury lawyer will stick by your side throughout the legal process.

Is it worth hiring an attorney for your personal injury claim?

Personal injuries are potentially devastating. The more serious the injuries, the more difficult the case is, and the more beneficial an injury lawyer can be.

If you’ve suffered a severe injury as a result of another party’s negligence, hiring a personal injury lawyer is in your best interest.

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you’re not only leveling the playing field with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Hiring legal representation after an accident can make a huge difference in securing the maximum value compensation for your injury claim.

A legal professional possesses intimate knowledge of the court system, personal injury laws and statutes of limitations, what makes a valid claim, and how to move forward with legal action and deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Bodewell Law: Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were harmed in an accident at no fault of your own, an experienced personal injury lawyer from Bodewell Law can help you secure fair compensation for the damages incurred.

Our personal injury law firm has extensive experience in a variety of personal injury practice areas including car accident and other auto accident cases, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, premises liability, and more.

Whether you have serious injuries or minor injuries after an accident, we can help with your injury claim.

Bodewell Personal Injury Lawyers work on a contingency basis: we do not charge legal fees unless a fair settlement is won in your favor.

We promise to protect your legal rights and any sensitive or confidential information you provide to us. The strength of the attorney client relationship we forge relies upon the established trust between us and our clients.

Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.