If you have been involved in a car accident, if you slip and fall at work, if you are injured by equipment at your job, a personal injury lawyer is the first person you want to contact. Not only do they have the experience of handling personal injury claims, they also know how much you can sue for, and whether or not filing a lawsuit is in your best interest. The best lawyers will know what you can ask for in a settlement offer, and will also help you avoid signing a settlement from the party who is at fault, if it is less than what your claim is worth.
Get what is owed to you
A personal injury lawyer understands all types of personal injury claims. They know the difference between a slip and fall, versus how much you will receive if you are injured in an accident on the road, where a major company’s vehicle injures you.
Your attorney will know what to ask for, and ensure you get all you are owed, including:
- Time off work, pay for hours missed and lost wages.
- Medical bills, doctor bills, and medication bills.
- Attorney costs and court costs.
- Possible damages for loss of limbs, or immobility due to an accident.
- Damages for loss of consortium, or inability to care for your family.
These are just a few of the damages your personal injury lawyer will know to include in a settlement agreement, which you would never even consider. Further, your lawyer knows exactly what your claim is worth, and will not allow you (or will advise against it), when signing an agreement. And, your lawyer will also ask for future damages; if you have to continually go to the doctor, or purchase pricey prescriptions, these will all be added to your settlement.
Is it worth filing?
In some cases, a personal injury lawyer may advise against filing a huge lawsuit, for injuries that occur on the job; or, if you are dealing with an injury against a huge corporation (like a slip and fall accident in a major retail outlet in a mall), your lawyer will advise you on the steps to take. Additionally, your lawyer will inform you that your employer can’t fire you, if you choose to file a claim; many people forego filing, out of fear of losing their job. But, with the top lawyer on your side, they will not only help you determine if you should file (or settle), they will also inform you of your rights, and legal actions you can take against different entities, if they try to take adverse actions in the future.
As an everyday citizen, if you are injured in a personal injury case, you don’t know what to do, or what steps to take. For this reason, the first thing you should do, is call a personal injury lawyer. Not only will they advise you of your rights, but if you have a viable claim, they will work with you to ensure you receive all that is owed to you, and ensure you aren’t paying out of pocket for their services, which will be included as a part of your settlement offer, to the party who is at fault.