When you suffer an accident, one of the first questions you might have is “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?”
Accidents can happen at any time, bringing costly, life-changing or overall negative consequences for your life and well-being. If you’re wondering whether to hire a personal injury lawyer, consider the following.
When You Should Hire an Attorney
After an accident, the decision to hire an attorney is a deeply personal one. Making the call to consult a personal injury lawyer can be the decisive factor in your potential financial settlement, however.
When considering whether or not to contact an attorney for a consultation, consider the following points:
- The Extent of Your Injuries – Have you been injured? If so, visiting a trusted doctor can help you get an idea of the potential costs and other negative repercussions you’re facing.
- The Liable Party – If you are the solely responsible party for your accident, then it follows that no one else can be held financially liable for your injuries. However, if someone else’s negligent action or inaction directly contributed to your injuries and you and your lawyer can prove it, filing a claim is a good idea. Also, an attorney can help if liability is spread among various parties or contested.
- The Insurance Company – Generally speaking, you should refrain from giving a sworn statement to the insurance company until after you contact a lawyer. This is because the insurance company may look for any justification to pay less than you deserve to settle your claim. An experienced attorney can help you discover the real value of your claim.
What Is the Value of My Claim?
It’s important to understand that there’s no such thing as an average personal injury settlement number.
The unique facts and circumstances of your accident and the type of injury you suffered will influence the value of your claim.
Some of the damages that may comprise your financial settlement include:
- The cost of all past, present and future medical care related to your injuries
- The value of lost income and any temporary or permanent diminished earning capacity
- Decreased quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Punitive damages (where applicable)
Some of these damages are more straightforward to calculate than others. For example, the cost of your medical care shouldn’t really be up for interpretation.
But non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, can be more difficult to flesh out. An experienced personal injury attorney can make sure you’re getting a fair shake in your dealings with the insurance company, and they can even file a formal complaint in civil court if it proves impossible to win your settlement via negotiation.
Reach Out to a Personal Injury Lawyer for More Info
When it comes to getting the compensation you need following a personal injury, don’t let the insurance company try to tell you that your injuries aren’t serious or that your pain and suffering can’t be assigned a value. At Zachar Law Firm, P.C., we know what it takes to fight for our clients’ rights.
Call us at 602-494-4800 or fill out our contact form to get started with a free consultation.