You’ve been harmed and another person or company is to blame. To decide if you need a lawyer for a personal injury claim, ask yourself the following:
1. How serious is my injury?
Automobile, slip and fall, or workplace accidents often result in various types of injuries. Settlements for serious or disabling injuries normally require an attorney’s assistance. These include broken bones, lost limbs, permanent scarring, or spinal cord damage.
2. Can I negotiate with experienced negotiators?
Insurers work on behalf of themselves and their clients. Their goal is to pay victims the lowest possible amount, and they have the advantage when you try to settle an accident claim yourself. There are many pitfalls to negotiating a personal injury settlement, and an insurer will try its best to take advantage of the situation. If you suffered a serious injury, you should consult with an attorney before signing a release!
3. Do I have the time and energy to handle my claim?
Depending on your case, you may need to submit law enforcement reports, medical records, and witness information to the insurance company or other representatives. Consider if you are ready to handle this part of filing a personal injury claim.
4. Is my case complex?
Personal injuries can be due to defective products, poorly made products, and medical malpractice. Most insurers know that personal injury victims are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to handle a lawsuit on their own, and will not offer anything more than nuisance value to rid themselves of a meritorious claim. Plus, lawyers for insurance companies aggressively defend complex negligence and malpractice cases.
5. Is a government responsible for my injury?
Claims and cases involving the local, state, or federal government must be filed in accordance with strict time restrictions. You may want to talk to an attorney about the challenges these cases involve.
Remember, at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we offer free consultations to those who want to file a personal injury claim. Call or email us at 973-228-9898 today to receive answers to your specific questions.