The decision to hire an accident claims lawyer after an accident can be daunting. Accident claims lawyers specialize in representing people who feel that their injury justifies compensation from another party; personal injury lawyers are most often used in cases involving car accidents, but they can be hired for other situations such as workplace injuries, injuries caused by negligence in a place of business, and so on.
Please note: I also wrote a recent article about the challenges facing personal injury lawyers.
But when should you hire an accident claims lawyer? To find the answer, let’s take a closer look at the most common circumstances which will be benefited from hiring an accident claims lawyer.
The injuries you have sustained are serious and/or may cause long-term consequences
You shouldn’t seek out an accident claims injury lawyer for minor injuries, such as minor bruises, scrapes or cuts—namely because any compensation you might receive would come nowhere near the cost of hiring a lawyer to handle your cast.
However, serious injuries and injuries which may cause long term consequences for you down the road are grounds for higher compensation due to the extent of your injuries. For example, if the injuries you sustained in an accident will prevent you from working, you should be entitled to higher compensation to cover the money lost from your injury. In this type of case, an accident claims professional lawyer who specializes in compensation for such injuries should be consulted and hired. This is doubly true if you are dealing with insurance companies, who have entire legal teams dedicated to avoiding compensation people for damages. An accident claims lawyer can help ensure that you are not pushed around by a company’s legal team and that you receive fair and adequate compensation for your medical costs or other expenses associated with your injury.
You feel that you are being pushed into settling quickly to avoid full compensation
Sometimes, insurance companies or other companies (such as a place of business whose negligence caused your injury) will pressure people to settle quickly in order to make sure that they don’t try to seek fair (in other words, costly) compensation. If you hire a lawyer, however, the lawyer can advise you on whether or not the ‘quick settlement’ you are being offered are legit or a tactic meant to keep you from proper compensation.
If there is any dispute regarding who is at fault for the injury
While some companies or other parties may be willing to accept responsibility for an injury caused by their negligence, there are times when there will be a dispute over who is actually responsible for the injury. A common example occurs when two (or more) people who are in a car accident and place the blame of the accident on everyone but themselves.
An accident claims lawyer can help with the complex mediation process and can represent the case to the best of their professional ability, using their knowledge and experience of these dispute cases to make sure you receive a fair ruling.