One thing that people may not understand is just how important it is to work with an attorney after you’ve been involved in a collision. Why work with an attorney? There are many reasons. Some include:
- Having someone on your side who is familiar with the laws regarding personal injury claims in your state
- Having someone who can negotiate on your behalf, so you can focus on your recovery instead of fighting with insurance companies or adjusters
- Having representation if you have to take your case to court
Your personal injury attorney helps by giving you the best opportunity to settle your case for a fair amount of compensation. They can help you obtain compensation for many losses and impacts such as:
- Reasonable medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages/an inability to earn in the future
- Loss of consortium or companionship
…and many others.
What does a personal injury attorney do?
One of the major goals of your attorney will be to negotiate for you by building up proof of your injuries and how they affect you. This might include using medical exam notes, information from your provider, photographs from the scene and other evidence to show the severity of your injuries.
Your attorney can also help you understand if a suggested settlement is fair. They can help you weigh the overall cost associated with your injury with the settlements that you’ve been offered, so you only take one if it’s high enough to cover your losses.
Your attorney will help you if you have to go to trial over your injuries, too. For example, if the insurance company refuses to offer enough compensation, you may be able to push for the case to go in front of a judge. There, the judge will hear what happened and rule on what is a fair amount of compensation.
In the case that the other party who harmed you doesn’t have insurance, your attorney can also help you pursue compensation from them directly. Throughout all of this, your attorney will field phone calls and negotiations for you, keeping you informed but taking care of any of the important legal aspects of your case.
By hiring a personal injury attorney, you’re giving yourself more time to heal and relax without trying to handle the negotiations for your claim on top of everything else. This is a good option, especially when you’re seriously hurt.