The Things to Consider before Choosing an Injury Attorney
November 7, 2019
If you have been hurt in an accident,
then you are perhaps thinking whether or not to hire an attorney. If your
condition is complex or serious, an experienced injury attorney can help you
protect your legal rights against large insurers, their team of lawyers and claims
A good lawyer will understand the
applicable court rules, laws, and every legal procedure so that he or she can competently
advocate for you. He or she will keep you away from the stressful claims
procedure to help you focus on recovery, while making sure that you receive a
reasonable settlement amount.
Although the option of seeking legal
representation is enticing enough, you must think about the following matters to
decide whether you require an attorney.
Do I Really
Have an Injury Case?
First, you should find out if your
accident is one that gives you the right to claim for compensation. The
following factors will help determine whether you were involved in one such
It occurred due to someone else’s negligence; and,
You sustained a real injury, and have the documents to prove it.
If you have suffered injuries and have a
case, then proceed to the subsequent question.
Most people involved in an injury-causing
accident will regard their injuries as severe. Of course, this is how you
should also see it. After all, accidents are quite traumatic and you should not
take these lightly.
Legally, injuries are deemed “serious” when
these need immediate treatment and affect you longer than the 7 or 14 days
after your accident. However, whether or not to hire a lawyer is solely your
You have to consider the nature of your
injuries because this will affect how much you would get as compensation. For
minor injuries, you would not get as much as you would for more severe
injuries. So it would be prudent to hire one to represent you in your severe
injury case. This way, you will have money to pay for your lawyer’s services and
for your use.
Is Your Injury Case?
If responsibility is clear, then this is
another factor that will make your case not all that likely to require an
attorney. However, if many parties are involved in your accident and your
consequent injuries are severe, having an attorney will be critical to your case’s
When many others are involved in it, how
available funds are divided and insurance coverage matters can get tricky. In
that case, you would need an experienced lawyer’s help to deal with these situations.
the Accident Happen?
If it just happened, then you have some days
to decide whether to seek the services of an attorney. The more days that pass,
the less feasible your injury case will usually be, and the trickier it will
become to find a lawyer who will accept it.
Possess the Skill and Mental Capacity To Deal With Your Case?
Dealing with an injury claim could just
be as simple as sending some emails and making a few telephone calls. If that
is the case, and if you have what it takes to handle it, going at it all alone
might be a good idea.
Or, your claim can take long months of
email communication, filing legal papers and encouraging the insurer to pay a
fair compensation. So where do you stand as far as the expertise and bandwidth
are concerned? If you feel that a professional lawyer is better equipped to
handle it, then a more sensible option might just be to have him or her on your
The beauty of being a strong attorney is
that they are ethically right to fight for someone who is on the wrong end of
the law when the latter pleads innocent in court. In that case, that attorney
is just following ethics from a legal standpoint. Likewise, fighting for an
innocent person like you will be a matter of pride for them, and something they
have trained for all life. So think whether you need to spend your time and energy
or the lawyer’s on the case. If you have decided to go for the latter option, then
you will have to consider the most important thing in this context.
Attorneys Worth It At All?
When you win the case, you will take a
cut from the amount to pay the professional. It could be a third of that amount
or perhaps even more than that. Only the best in the business will be able to secure
you the kind of amount that will leave you with something extra after paying
out them or their law office.
So check whether such attorneys are
easily available to you or whether you have to pay more for relatively lesser