Is a Personal Injury Attorney Necessary?

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by Chris Torrone

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05.05.2021

When dealing with the effects of a serious personal injury, it’s hard to know where to start in terms of seeking legal support. Between visits to your medical provider, dealing with insurance, and the stress of lost work or wages, it can be hard to add another to-do to your list. But hiring a personal injury attorney is not only a smart move, it can also be a straightforward process that will benefit you in the long run. Here are three reasons why a personal injury attorney may be necessary and improve the overall outcome of your case.

Personal Injury Attorney Expertise

A personal injury attorney is going to be able to tell you at the outset if your case is worth pursuing. They are experts at identifying aspects of personal injury cases that you have little knowledge about or that you may have overlooked.. They can save you both time and money by reviewing your case and letting you know first if it is worth pursuing, and then your next best steps in order to bring your case to a satisfactory resolution.

They will do the legwork of compiling all the documents necessary to make your case. They will also to take over the burden of communicating with insurance companies, giving you one less thing to worry about as you work to address your personal needs as you recover. They have far more resources than you will for pursuing further investigation, and will retain experts as needed to support your case. Most importantly help you avoid mistakes that could hurt the outcome or overall compensation of your claim. 

If you have serious injuries or an injury that may have seemed small initially but has worsened over time, they can advise you of how best to pursue the compensation needed to recover. If you are struggling to receive support or acknowledgement from the insurance companies involved, then a personal injury attorney will pursue communication on your behalf. Having a skilled attorney fighting for you could mean the difference between you being given the time and resources to recover versus being left on your own to handle a complex legal case and mounting medical bills in addition to the time needed to recover from your injury. 

Hiring a personal injury attorney will give you peace of mind knowing that you have expert representation from someone who, if they take your case, believes that you can win and receive the compensation necessary to move on with your life.

PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY Expense

When dealing with the stress and expense of medical bills due to a serious injury, it can be overwhelming to think about the additional stress and expense of getting an attorney involved. Some people may consider trying to represent themselves in a personal injury case to reduce their expenses.

It is important to understand that most personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee. This means that even if you lose your case, you will not be liable for attorney fees. If you win your case, they will take an previously agreed-upon percentage of your total compensation. This should give you the confidence to move forward with finding a personal injury attorney who will work with you, because working on contingency means that they will only take cases that they feel reasonably confident that they will win. 

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What this means for your bottom line is that you will have high-quality representation for the duration of your case without having to pay anything up front. From start to finish, your case will be handled by an expert whose best interest is bringing your case to a satisfactory close; their own compensation depends on it.

While this knowledge should provide some relief, it is important to note that you may be responsible for paying some non-legal fees related to your case. For example, medical fees related to additional testing, additional doctors that are required to review your records, or the time those doctors take to respond to your legal team and answer questions pertaining to your health status. Your attorney can take these extra expenses into consideration as they evaluate an appropriate compensation amount for your claim.

A personal injury attorney can also advise you if your case would be better resolved through mediation or negotiating a settlement. This can save you the time and anxiety of a lengthy court case, in addition to saving money. Based on the particulars of your case, an attorney may recommend a settlement that gives you a larger amount, rather than pursuing a court case where a jury may award you a lesser number. Whichever option your attorney recommendations, their involvement can end up saving you money in the long run.

Increased Settlement

Having a personal injury attorney can make a huge difference, not just in terms of winning your case. An article from Nolo reports that of their survey respondents, the average settlement was three times higher for individuals with attorneys versus those without. 

Personal injury attorneys are experts in navigating the complexities of settlement negotiation. They are also aware of and unintimidated by evasive and aggressive insurance tactics. They can protect you from bad-faith or undervalued insurance offers because they are skilled at calculating the value of your claim (that is, the pain and suffering you’ve experienced due to your personal injury.)

A good personal injury attorney will ensure that you are getting appropriate compensation based on their valuation of your unique situation. Their entire practice is based on fighting for appropriate compensation to survivors of serious injuries. And as mentioned above, they only take cases that they have a reasonable chance of winning. 

When you have a personal injury attorney on your side, you know that you are not just getting the best representation possible, you are benefitting from the skills and expertise needed to aware you with an appropriate compensation package to mitigate the expenses related to your physical and mental recovery. 

Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about how our team at Torrone Law can support your personal injury case.

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