When filing a personal injury claim, some people may wonder whether they need a lawyer. Often, the reasons are financial. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be expensive and if you’re seeking damages, it may seem like you will get more money if you don’t have to pay a lawyer.
However, in many cases an experienced personal injury lawyer will not only give you a better chance at winning a judgment, but will also be able to get you a larger financial settlement than you would be able to recover on your own. Most personal injury lawsuits involve insurance companies and a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can ensure that big companies don’t take advantage of you.
When should you hire a personal injury lawyer? If you are involved in one of the following, it may be beneficial to you to hire a personal injury lawyer:
Insurance Companies that Refuse to Pay
With regard to claims, all insurance companies are required to make a good faith effort in reviewing your case and deciding whether to approve or deny benefits. You would think that all insurance companies would adhere to these rules, but unfortunately many insurance companies are more interested in their own bottom line than taking care of their customers.
You should contact an attorney if your insurance company wrongfully denies your claim, stalls in paying you money owed or wrongfully terminates your contract. If you feel like you are getting the runaround from your insurance company, you probably are. A skilled lawyer can ensure that you get the money you are entitled to.
Severe Injury Cases
The amount of recoverable compensation varies widely from case to case and depends upon factors such as the severity of the injury, the type of injury, the amount of medical bills involved, whether long-term care is necessary and how long it takes for recovery. A personal injury lawyer can ensure you get the full amount of compensation you are entitled to rather than a partial settlement.
Long-Term Injury or Permanent Disability
If you’re involved in an accident that significantly affects your physical function or appearance for a long time — from a year or longer to permanently — it can be hard to calculate how much financial compensation you should receive. A personal injury lawyer can help you get the most from your claim and ensure that you’re fairly compensated for long-term effects.
Chemical or Toxic Exposure
In today’s industrial world, there’s an increased risk of exposure to contaminants in the water, soil and air, in our products, and even in food. However, proving a claim of toxic exposure is difficult and usually requires complex data, expert witnesses and an experienced lawyer.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
One of the most complex fields of law, medical malpractice comes with a flood of questions, rules and legalities. You will need a lawyer who’s experienced with medical malpractice suits if you believe you’ve suffered illness or injury through incompetence, negligence, carelessness or other unprofessional actions by medical providers.
The Miami trial lawyers at Baron & Herskowitz have successfully represented many clients in all types of personal injury lawsuits and have helped them receive the compensation they deserve. If you’ve suffered injury of any type and believe you may have a clam, an attorney at our firm can help you. For more information, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today.