If you sustain injuries in an accident, you might wonder whether it is necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer. While it is never required for you to have legal representation, there are certainly many benefits to doing so. The following are only some of the many ways the right lawyer can help improve your injury case.
Evaluate Your Rights
Sometimes, it is quite clear that another party caused your accident and should be liable for your injuries and losses. However, in other cases, you might not be sure how to proceed. For example:
- An accident might have involved numerous liable parties, and it can be difficult for you to identify all of them. If someone on the job caused your accident, their employer might share liability, and if you were in a chain-reaction crash, more than one driver might be responsible.
- If you think you might have been partially responsible for causing the accident, you might not realize your rights to compensation.
- If your injuries stemmed from a car accident, you might have the right to compensation from your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, and you might also be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against another driver if your injuries are severe.
Liability can be a complicated issue, so you want an attorney to review what happened and advise you of your rights, which can vary from case to case.
Calculating Your Damages
Once you determine that you can seek compensation from your PIP coverage or another negligent party, you then must decide how much compensation you deserve. If you do not ask for enough to cover all of your losses, you can be certain the other party and their insurer will not voluntarily provide it. Miscalculating your losses can leave you responsible for paying bills you should not have to cover.
A qualified personal injury attorney will know how to accurately calculate damages in your case, which might include:
- Medical bills for treatment you already received
- The estimated cost of medical treatment you will need in the future
- Wages you lost from missed work
- Future earnings you will lose due to not being able to return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries, disabilities, or disfigurement
Intangible damages are particularly difficult to calculate, and these often make up a substantial portion of an injury settlement or award.
Dealing with the Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of unrepresented injured claimants. Adjusters have tactics that lead claimants to accept settlement offers that are far lower than they need. The best way to avoid this situation is to have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer representing you during all communications and negotiations with the insurance company. This is the best way to feel confident that you are receiving the full amount you need to cover your losses.
Contact Brandon Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Trust
At Carman & Bevington, we handle insurance claims and lawsuits for injured clients so you can focus on getting back on your feet. Call 813-305-0631 or contact us online to set up your free case evaluation.