The aftermath of an experience that causes pain, injury, or loss of life can be confusing. It can be difficult to understand where to go and what to do after you begin the healing process.
Once you have had time to catch your breath, the next step is figuring out how to receive compensation for your losses.
So, when is it a good time to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you? We have the answer to that question and others you may have below.
Do you need to hire a personal injury lawyer?
If someone’s negligence, carelessness, and disregard for you or your loved one’s life or property led to a loss, then you should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately.
With personal injury cases, the sooner you get in touch with an attorney, the better. A skilled attorney will be able to immediately assist you as you handle conversations with insurance, navigate medical bills, and start collecting evidence for your case.
Personal injury claims are complex. Having a legal representative who knows personal injury law can be the difference between you not receiving a dime or getting fair compensation for your loss. You do not want to try to handle any part of the legal process on your own.
Personal injury lawyers bring more than themselves to the table. They also:
- Gather evidence
- Hire private investigators
- Provide support staff
- Help shield against insurance companies
What are the advantages of legal representation?
Accident victims who secure help from an attorney receive higher settlement amounts than those who represent themselves.
Your focus should be on recovering from your accident.
Your legal representative will focus on interviewing witnesses, securing evidence, and anything else that will get you full recovery for damages.
What should you expect at an initial consultation?
A consultation allows you to speak with your potential lawyer and learn more about their skills and personality. You can discuss the basics of your case and strategies that the attorneys will use to win your case.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask the following questions and any others you might think of to decide if a lawyer is right for you.
- How often do you handle cases like these?
- What is the game plan to win my case?
- How often do you settle out of court?
- Will I receive updates about the case?
- What are your fees, and will I be responsible for any costs?
- Are you willing and able to take my case to court?
Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury will help you get the best result. There is an unwritten rule in boxing that also applies to the legal world, “Protect yourself at all times.” A good lawyer is your protection throughout the legal process.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another in North Alabama, please contact the law office of Timberlake & League for a free consultation. We can help.