Have you been injured? Was it at the fault of someone else? If so, you may want to find out what you are legally entitled to. When you are dealing with personal injury, there are a few things you should know that will make it a little easier to deal with.
Do your best to stick with local personal injury attorneys. Generally speaking, local attorneys are more accountable to you and that can lead to you being more satisfied with what they do. You also won’t have to make long distance calls, you can have quicker communication, and you can meet with them easier.
Don’t pay any money up front to a personal injury lawyer. A reputable personal injury lawyer will not require any money up front; in most cases they will offer a free consultation prior to taking your case. During this consultation be sure to ask them about exactly what you will be charged (whether it’s a flat fee or an hourly rate), and if they offer some sort of payment plan.
Consider using the local bar association to help you find a quality personal injury lawyer. Some do a wonderful job of screening out attorneys that do not have the experience that you are looking for or the qualifications that you need. Talk with the association about your needs and ask about what their screening process is like.
The only people you should discuss a personal injury case with are your insurance agent, your spouse and your attorney. If an insurance adjuster calls you to record a statement about how the accident occurred, give them the number of your attorney and tell them that this is who should be called if they have any additional questions.
One reason why getting to your trial quickly is beneficial to your case is that you will be able to get the money to pay your medical bills as they come due. Obviously, you can’t be in court if you’re still laid up in the hospital, but as soon as you can get there, you should get it over with.
Even if your insurance company provides a lawyer for your personal injury case, consider hiring an additional lawyer on your own. The lawyer from the insurance company may not be the best person to look out for your individual needs and may, instead, be more interested in protecting the interests of the insurance company.
Look into previous cases that the lawyer has handled. There are many different types of personal injury law, such as medical malpractice, workplace injury or car accidents. Make sure that the lawyer you choose has experience and a good track record with the type of injury that you have. Large out of court settlements, or successful outcomes in a court case indicate that he or she is the ideal lawyer to take your case.
Getting hurt is no fun, but when there is someone else at fault it can be even more devastating. As you can see, you do have rights and there are things you can do. Use what you learned here and you can have a much easier time dealing with your personal injury case.