You may have heard that you are entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a car crash, slip and fall, or any other type of accident caused by someone’s negligence. It’s true—you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that occurred as a result of your injuries, but that doesn’t mean that compensation is guaranteed. Choosing the right attorney is crucial to helping you recover the maximum amount of compensation. Here’s why:
Some personal injury cases are more complex than others. If you are involved in a complex case, you will need an attorney who is skilled enough to handle it. For example, if you are filing a medical malpractice claim, you will need to work with an attorney who can understand complicated medical terminology well enough to represent you and prove the doctor is liable for your injuries. Another type of complex case are those involving product liability issues. If you were injured by a defective product, it can be challenging to prove what happened and determine who is liable. An inexperienced attorney may not be able to handle the complexities in this type of case, and you may not be able to recover what you deserve as a result.
But, product liability and medical malpractice claims are not the only personal injury cases that can be complex. Even a minor fender bender case can present challenges. Attorneys often have to rely on car accident reconstruction experts to figure out what happened and who was at fault. If you hire an attorney who isn’t familiar with the complexities that may arise in your personal injury claim, you won’t be able to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
To make sure you choose the right attorney for your complex case, ask about his experience representing clients in cases similar to yours before you hire him. If you have been injured because of a defective product or negligent doctor, you shouldn’t work with an attorney who specializes in traffic accident cases. Doing so will affect the amount of compensation you are able to recover.
There are several different types of damages that you may be awarded in a personal injury case, including economic and non-economic. The former is awarded to victims to help them cover medical bills, lost wages, and any other expense they have incurred as a result of the injury. Non-economic damages are awarded to victims who have experienced emotional anguish because of their injuries. If you want to ensure that you are awarded a fair amount of economic and non-economic damages, you need to pick the right attorney.
Attorneys are responsible for calculating how much compensation they believe you should receive. To do this, they must first determine what you have spent on treating your injuries and how much income you have lost because of your injuries. This part is fairly simple—but the next part is more complicated. Attorneys will need to estimate your future expenses and lost wages in order to determine what they think your claim is worth. They will also need to place a monetary value on your pain and suffering. This is very difficult to do, which is why it’s important that you choose a competent, experienced attorney.
Why does this matter? Let’s say you suffered a head injury during a car accident. An attorney who doesn’t have experience representing brain injury victims may not understand that in the future you might need additional medical treatment or even at-home care. As a result, he may underestimate your future expenses, and you may end up settling for an amount that is much lower than what you deserve. If you want to maximize the settlement, take your time finding an attorney who is qualified for the job instead of choosing the first one you come across.
Settlement vs. Court
Before your case goes to trial, your attorney will attempt to negotiate with the at fault party’s insurance company to reach a settlement that will cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you agree to a settlement, the defendant will be released from further liability, and the case will be closed. Insurance companies prefer settling personal injury claims outside of court so they can avoid paying for the cost of a trial. But, that doesn’t mean they will always offer a fair settlement. If you cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, you must be prepared to take your case to court so you can get what you deserve.
The right attorney will be able to guide you through this process, advise you on what offers you should accept and reject, and prepare your case for trial if necessary. If you choose an attorney who is not experienced in taking cases to trial or does not like taking cases to trial, he may advise you to accept an unfair settlement just to avoid taking the case any further.
Be sure that you choose an attorney who has had success taking personal injury cases to trial. You should ask your attorney what percentage of his cases go to trial to get an idea of how comfortable he is in this setting. Even if someone has years of experience as an attorney, that does not necessarily mean he is a strong litigator, so choose wisely.
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, contact Trial Lawyers for Justice today to schedule a consultation regarding your case. Our team of attorneys has the experience and legal knowledge to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation available.