Getting into an accident can turn your world upside down. You might be suffering from a painful physical injury and struggling to cope with the trauma of the accident. This type of incident can totally disrupt your every-day routine, and leave you searching for answers.
After being injured in an accident that you believe was someone else’s fault, you will naturally have ample questions on your mind. Like anyone in your situation, one of the first questions you wonder about has to do with whether you are going to need an attorney or should you handle an accident claim yourself. It is in this article that we will examine the question: When do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?
You may not need an attorney for some scenarios, however, if you sustain a serious injury in the accident, you will more than likely need to have an attorney at your disposal. You will need the specialized skills and knowledge of a professional who is well versed in the legal system.
When you consider whether to hire a personal injury lawyer, keep in mind that insurance companies will have teams of lawyers and adjusters who will evaluate your claim immediately. Consequently, it is very important that you retain legal counsel right away to level the playing field and to ensure your legal rights are not denied. It is not a fair game when they are not on your side.
In short, there are certain factors to evaluate when deciding whether your accident warrants an attorney or not. No two accidents or injuries are the same, and the scenarios surrounding them are almost always unique to each client.
4 Scenarios That Call For Legal Representation
- You Suffered a Serious Injury or Permanent Disability
If you were critically injured in an accident or you contracted a serious illness, you absolutely should consult a lawyer. When you have so much at stake that includes a lifetime of pain, suffering, and bills, you need the advice of an attorney. At a minimum, consulting with an injury attorney at Roberts Jones Law, which is free, is highly recommended. What’s more, if you experienced an injury that necessitates long-term care or caused you a permanent disability, hiring a personal injury attorney at Roberts Jones Law might be the only way to prevent serious, lifelong financial stress for you and your family.
- You Aren’t Sure Who is At Fault
You are strongly advised to consult with an attorney if you were in an accident and it is unclear who is at fault. In situations like this, it is very common for the other party’s insurance company to blame you for damages. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer at Roberts Jones Law will ensure your rights are protected and your lawyer can also defend you from counterclaims and cross-claims.
- There are Multiple Parties Involved
If you were injured in an accident and there were multiple parties involved, having a personal injury attorney will give you the best prospects for not getting stuck with a huge medical bill. Our attorneys at Roberts Jones Law have the experience necessary to deal with multiple insurance companies simultaneously as we work to build a case that protects your rights and interests.
In cases where there are multiple parties who could be culpable for your injury, your lawyer will have the necessary skills to ensure you receive all the compensation you deserve without leaving money on the table.
- The Insurance Company Denied or is Delaying Your Claim
Insurance companies have a distinct advantage of knowing that 99 percent of people involved in accidents do not understand all the complicated laws and procedures that pertain to a personal injury claim. As a result, they use this edge to attempt to deny a person’s legitimate injury claim because they know you can do nothing about it.
Similarly, insurance companies tend to postpone claims in order to slowly beat the injured party into submission. They realize that money is limited and the bills are quickly coming due, so they will typically use this position to offer a fraction of the amount your claim is worth. In both cases, you should definitely consult with a personal injury attorney.
Other Benefits of Having a Personal Injury Lawyer
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at Roberts Jones Law is able to explain your rights during a free, no-obligation consultation. In this meeting, you can talk about the cause of the accident and the extent of injuries. Your attorney will want to conduct an independent investigation of the incident to establish who should be held liable.
Your attorney can also document your medical expenses, missed time from work, property damage, pain and suffering, and all other losses related to the accident.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of someone else and you would like to speak with an experienced Washington personal injury attorney, please contact Roberts Jones Law. We have offices in both Kennewick and Federal Way, but we represent personal injury victims all throughout Washington. We offer free consultations and do not charge legal fees unless we recover money for you. No risk, all reward.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice.