Personal injury claims cover a wide variety of situations and different types of accidents. For example, you may have been injured in a car accident, slipped and fell on someone’s property, or been bitten by a neighbor’s dog. All of these are considered different types of personal injury, and the level of damage can make a big difference in the processing of a claim.
When a personal injury case involves injuries that can range from moderate to severe, has long-lasting effects, or involves difficult-to-identify liability legal issues, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney to handle settlement negotiation and, if necessary, litigation in court.
While in some situations, you may be able to handle it on your own, especially if you are doing it through insurance or Small Claims Court, in others, you may want the advice of a qualified legal professional.
Additionally, trying to handle a claim on your own and then hiring a lawyer can complicate the claim process, so it is essential to understand what you are capable of and what is at stake if you fail to handle your case appropriately. If you are not sure about what to do or how to handle a claim, you should think about contacting an attorney for a consultation. It is best to do it immediately after your injury. They can help you know whether it is worth it to hire an attorney.
The insurance companies you are filing your claim against will have attorneys fighting for them. These adjustment attorneys are professionals who spend years and countless hours studying the particulars of the law and gathering knowledge to ensure that companies pay as little compensation as possible. If the insurance company or the party you are taking to Small Claims Court has legal representation, it may be best to consider having an expert on your side. The following situations are some of the examples in which it is best to have a lawyer on your side:
• Your injuries are milder than you thought
• You believe that you are entitled to compensation for “damages.”
• You believe that insurance companies have as their primary objective to pay you as little as possible