Sally Morin, topPersonal Injury Attorney, discusses a question that a lot of people who are involved in personal injury accidents have:
"Do I need a Personal Injury Attorney?"
In some cases you may not. If you have not been injured seriously (no broken bones, injury requiring surgery or serious head trauma) there is usually not a whole lot of paperwork involved, and you could settle the case pretty quickly and simply without the use of a personal injury lawyer.
When you DO need a personal injury attorney on the case
However, in most personal injury cases, the medical issues, the liability issues, handling paperwork, phone calls, billing, all that sort of thing becomes a little too much. When you are vulnerable, you are recovering from injuries, you are having to juggle medical appointments, and maybe you are even having trouble getting around. It is usually really valuable to have somebody by your side helping you with the logistics of bringing a personal injury claim.
Having a personal injury attorney frees up your time to focus on healing
That way you can focus on your number one priority, which is get better and recover from your injuries. You want to get the best medical care you can while you recover from your injuries. You don't have time to be making phone calls, fending off aggressive insurance adjusters, responding to letters, collecting documents or tracking down witnesses. If you try to start out doing this stuff on your own, you will stop asking yourself "Do I need a personal injury attorney?" and start saying "Why didn't I already get a personal injury attorney?" So, if you find yourself in over your head, you might want to start choosing the right personal injury attorney for YOU.
I started researching online what to do, and I realized that I didn't have time and wasn't well equipped to handle the insurance companies at all. - Erin M.
Having a personal injury attorney doesn't cost you any money out of pocket
A second thing is, at least in my situation, is that your attorney is going to work hard to earn their own fee. Attorney's work on a contingency fee basis in personal injury cases, which means the attorney gets paid a percentage on the amount of money they recover for you in the case.
You might be thinking "Oh, that lawyer's going to take a cut of my money." A lot of people get worried about that, but in my office we work hard so that we can increase the value of your case by at least that amount.
Having a personal injury attorney increases the value of your case
...so much that:
- You are you coming out with more money that you would have if you handled it on your own;
- You don't have to do any of the work; and
- You can focus again on your healing.
Those are a few of the reasons that I think having a personal injury attorney can be very crucial if you've got a serious personal injury case.
This video and accompanying text is not intended to be a source of legal advice for any purpose. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. The information in this video and text does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your case.