It can be worth paying for a personal injury lawyer. Some cases can have very complex legal rules involved. The compensation from some cases could also vary a great deal due to the severity of the injuries involved. Other times an insurance company could be playing hard ball and try to settle with an unreasonable amount of compensation.
In this article we discuss the types of personal injury or accident in which it would be sensible to hire a lawyer.
Permanently disabling and long lasting injuries
Accidents which cause injuries that last for a year or over usually require help from an experienced attorney. Some injuries can even be permanent and can affect physical appearances or capabilities. It is difficult to accurately and individually assess how much this type of claim is worth, which is why enlisting the help of a personal injury lawyer will help you get the most out of your claim.
Severe personal injury
The severity of your injuries are determined by a number of things:-
• Cost of medical bills
• Types of injuries
• Time it takes to make a full recovery
As the amount of compensation you could potentially receive increases, so does the range that which compensation may fall. This means there could be a massive potential difference in amount of compensation you receive. These types of cases are almost certainly worth obtaining an experienced lawyer.
Medical malpractice is when a medical professional causes an injury by failing to do his or her job correctly. This is known as negligence. Read more on what exactly constitutes medical malpractice in the United States here.
Unfortunately the legal rules which are involved in this type of case can be extremely complex. Because of this it is highly advisable to seek professional help from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Exposure to dangerous chemicals
Workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous chemicals at work on a daily basis. It can be possible to become ill after exposure to these chemicals through the air, soil, water or in food.
In order to win a claim based around exposure to dangerous chemicals you would need to prove that the chemical in question was actually to blame for your injury/ illness. It can be very hard to prove if exposure to a certain chemical has made you ill. It can take accurate and complex scientific data to prove. This is mostly due to the chemical and other industries putting up barriers to protect themselves from these types of claims.
Due to the complex nature and difficult barriers to overcome in types of claims involving toxic exposure, getting expert help should be your first priority.
Something is better than nothing
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be costly. Some lawyers work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis which means you will only pay them their fee if and when you win.
If you have already tried to claim and an insurance company refused or declined a fair settlement, hiring a lawyer would mean that you could receive something. It’s fair to say an experienced lawyer stands a better chance of winning difficult cases. Even if you end up paying them a fee receiving something is far better than receiving nothing at all.
How to find a personal injury lawyer
The best way to find a good personal injury lawyer that you can trust is through referrals. Getting a referral from a friend or family member means that they have no obligation to the lawyer and you will be able to trust their opinion.
An attorney you already know who specialises in another field could refer a good personal injury lawyer. Alternatively a lot of local bar associations do referral services which is a list of lawyers and their specialities.
However you find a personal injury lawyer it is imperative that you meet with them before you decide. Take any relevant documentation for your case to your initial meeting with a lawyer to give them a good picture of the whole case.