Personal injuries can occur when least expected. Whether a person sustains a minor or major injury, it can disrupt their life and relationships. Not only that, the expensive medical treatments and medication following an accident can cripple you financially. In such a situation, you may be reluctant to seek professional legal assistance, thinking of it as another expense.
There are two things that you need to understand here. First, you don’t always need legal representation. In a minor fender-bender accident with another vehicle where you were not injured at all, you may be able to deal with the insurance company on your own to get your car repaired.
However, if you have been severely injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider legal representation from an experienced and qualified personal injury lawyer without thinking of it as an expense. In fact, legal representation can offer you more benefits over the cost by protecting your rights and fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
You may have heard that some personal injury attorneys charge a lot, but that’s not necessarily the case. Consider selecting a lawyer who works on a contingency basis. This usually means that you won’t have to pay them any legal fees unless you get compensated for your injury. Similarly, knowing when to contact a lawyer can make all the difference to your case. Read on to learn more about the best time to work with a personal injury lawyer.
When the Injuries are Serious
This includes any injury that necessitates hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, orthopedics, chiropractic work and cosmetic surgery. All this can cost you big if you pay out of your pocket.
Therefore, you should file a claim to get compensated. However, the value of your claim may increase if you have a lawyer representing your case. This is because many victims are unfamiliar with the complexities involved in the claim process and don’t know how to navigate them, and they may end up settling for less than what they deserve.
When an Insurance Adjuster Makes a Low-Ball Offer
After an accident, an insurance adjuster is likely to approach you. They may come across as friendly and concerned about your health but sometimes their objective is to close the case by making you agree to the lowest settlement possible. They might go to any extent to limit their liability, such as asking you reflexive questions to get the answer that they are looking for.
For example, they may ask you a reflexive question like, ‘how are you?’. Generally, a reflex reply would be: ‘I am fine, thank you’. Answers like these can impact your settlement amount negatively.
Victims should be careful not to make any statements or sign documents that may impact their claim amount. Also, if the adjuster continues to compel you to sign documents or agree to a low settlement stating that you can only get this or nothing, it’s a good time to work with a personal injury lawyer.
Injuries Caused By Medical Providers or Defective Products
If you have been injured by a defective product or as a result of medical malpractice, then you’re likely to be confronted by a team of attorneys defending their clients, such as the manufacturer, doctors or the hospital. Medical service providers or product manufacturers may not easily admit to their fault. They may attempt to dispute and stop you from getting the information pertinent to your personal injury case.
Furthermore, they may use legal proceedings to avoid claim settlements. In such a situation, it makes sense to seek legal representation and protect your rights. An experienced personal injury attorney understands the tactics of insurance companies. They can fight such tactics and help you seek the compensation that you deserve.
When the Evidence is Not Sufficient
In order to get the claim amount that you deserve and prove the defendant guilty, the victim must provide supporting evidence. For this, a thorough investigation of the accident scene is vital. Unfortunately, the police department and insurance companies have a limited amount of resources and time that they can spend on each case. When the evidence is insufficient, it is a good time to work with an experienced law firm.
Such a firm has a team of skilled North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury lawyers who can carry out an in-depth investigation and reconstruct how the accident occurred. From subpoenaing witnesses to obtaining video footage from surveillance systems, black box and logbooks (in case it is a truck accident), an experienced attorney will work to uncover crucial and hidden evidence to build a strong case and justify your claim amount.
When Facing a Permanent Disability
It is important to work with a team of North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury lawyers if an accident results in a permanent disability. Such an injury can be life-changing; it can affect your ability to work as well as enjoy life.
When pursuing a claim, permanent disability and its repercussions on the victim’s life should be taken into account so that compensation is received for future medical care and lost earnings. A lawyer advocating on your behalf will fight for the compensation that you deserve to help you gain financial stability and move forward in life.
At the Law Office of Jason E. Taylor P.C., we take pride in the excellent legal services and caring assistance we offer to victims of personal injury cases in and around North and South Carolina. We have a team of experienced lawyers who work in the best interest of clients on a contingency basis. We strive to help you fight for justice and compensation to help you get on the road to recovery. Contact us today for case representation. We’ll go the extra mile to fight for full and fair compensation.