There are many reasons to hire a personal injury attorney but here are my top five.
First, a qualified personal injury attorney can explain and protect your legal rights. It is important to know your legal rights as soon after your accident as possible in order to recover a reasonable settlement. Who to sue, when to sue or whether it is better to settle than sue, can all be explained by a qualified personal injury attorney.
Second, there are time limits in which a person has to file a lawsuit or they could be prevented from ever receiving compensation for their injuries. For example, in Wisconsin, there are time limits on when you can file a lawsuit against a municipality, county employee or state employee. Your failure to do so will prevent a recovery. An experienced personal injury attorney can make sure that you do not lose your rights.
Third, qualified personal injury attorneys are trained investigators. In some cases it is unclear as to who caused a person’s injury and who is liable for the damages. A personal injury attorney can gather evidence and interview witnesses so they can bring the strongest case possible to court to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Fourth, most qualified personal injury attorneys, if you have a good case, will take it on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay the attorney an hourly fee regardless of the outcome. Of course, you may still be obligated to pay certain costs and expenses; however, they are generally much less costly than it would take to pay the attorney to litigate your case on an hourly basis.
Fifth, Insurance companies are trained claims professionals, you are not. Insurance adjusters have learned to perform their duties that maximizes insurance company’s profits. Whether the insurance adjuster is friendly or frustrating, the insurance adjuster’s job is to pay you the absolute minimum amount of money or none at all. Your personal injury attorney’s job is to protect your rights and make sure you are fairly compensated for your losses. Insurance adjusters do not have a legal obligation nor will they tell you and pay you for everything you are entitled. Do not trust an insurance company with your legal rights.
If you have ever been injured due to the negligence of another, you may know other reasons to add to this blog. Feel free to share those experiences and add a comment.