Whether you are involved in a car accident, bitten by a vicious dog, or injured by a defective product, everyone has a legal right to compensation due to injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence. Compensation can be obtained by settling a personal injury claim formally outside of court or by taking the case to trial.
If you feel that you have a legitimate personal injury claim, it’s important to hire a personal injury lawyer to make sure your case is handled professionally. These professionals are experts when it comes to personal injury litigation.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help to increase the chances of a successful claim. In addition, it will enable you to benefit from the expertise and experience of a professional. They will also ensure you get fair compensation if you are an accident victim or have suffered any other type of personal injury.
Is it prudent to hire a personal injury attorney even for minor injuries?
Most people are typically reluctant to hire a personal injury attorney for relatively minor injuries. For instance, if you slip and fall while in a store and bruise your arm and suffer minimal scrapes, you may not feel it is worthwhile to consult an attorney or worth paying an attorney fee for a minor injury.
In reality, scheduling a consultation with an attorney may not be as costly as you think.
Calling Steinberg Law for a consultation is free and it could help you make a decision regarding your next step. Additionally, obtaining professional advice for seemingly minor injuries is very important. The following are some of the reasons why to seek counsel from a personal injury lawyer:
Minor injuries might turn into major ones. If you have already agreed to a settlement offer and your injuries escalate in severity more than what you or your doctor originally expected, you are stuck with your original settlement amount and will not be able to demand additional compensation. You must give up all future claims when you settle. A personal injury lawyer will assist you to determine the best time to agree to an offer. The lawyer will also be acting in your best interests to get you the maximum amount based on your case and on similar previous cases.
You are entitled to Damages for ‘Pain and Suffering’. The law considers emotional distress and pain and suffering damages to be losses that deserve compensation. During a consultation, your personal injury attorney may explain all the damages you may be entitled to, even for minor injuries. This includes expenses such as covering medical bill costs. The amount you are entitled to will depend on your individual case, but personal injury lawyers have helped some people get multi-million dollar payouts. This is why it is important to consider legal representation.
You may need to take time off work. Your injuries, even when minor, may result in you having to take time off work. This could result in lost wages depending on the company you work for and whether you can get worker compensation. Even if you don’t lose wages, it will still be on your record as an absence and may count toward your sick days. Your lawyer will make sure you get fair compensation by taking factors such as lost wages into account.
Serious Injuries vs. Small Cases
Most importantly, anytime you or a family member suffers from serious injuries or wrongful death, you should consult an attorney at a reputable law office for the following reasons:
- Your attorney can help you understand and pursue the complete spectrum of damages you are entitled to as part of your personal injury claim or lawsuit;
- Attorneys are highly skilled at negotiation and will work to maximize your recovery;
- The defendants and insurers are likely to take your claim much more seriously when you are represented by a professional;
- Your attorney will have in-depth knowledge of the level of compensation you can get by filing a personal injury lawsuit based on your situation.
Affording a Personal Injury Attorney – The Contingency Fee Agreement
The fear of paying exorbitant legal fees is one of the top reasons individuals are reluctant to consult a lawyer. However, Steinberg Law handles personal injury matters on a ‘contingency basis.’ This means that we are not paid any legal fees or money until you win your case or settle the case outside of court. The contingency fee agreements operated by our law office allow the personal injury attorney to obtain compensation from your damage award or settlements.
Using a contingency fee offers far greater peace of mind. You don’t have to worry about finding money to pay upfront attorneys’ fees and costs. Also, you are not left facing legal bills in the event you are unsuccessful with your claim for any reason. The contingency fee agreement upon which we work means that you benefit from a no win–no fee structure.
How to effectively file personal injury claims
Just as there are countless ways people are injured, there are several different types of personal injury cases. Therefore, no two personal injury cases are the same. The severity of resulting injuries, the clarity of particular key issues, and whether or not an incident is covered under an insurance policy, all play a vital role in shaping the direction the filing of a claim will take. However, there are a few basic steps an attorney may take in your particular personal injury case.
An experienced personal injury attorney will look at a number of factors to determine the best way of filing a claim. There are a number of key steps and decisions that you will need to make after suffering a personal injury. This will enable you to work out the best course of action with regards to your claim. Some of the main points you need to look at include:
1) Determine if an insurance policy covers your injuries
If you believe that another person is responsible for your injuries, it is crucial to establish whether that individual has insurance that will cover your damages. This helps determine if you will actually be able to obtain any recovery through the insurance company or if you should pursue compensation from another source.
This is one of the key factors that will affect the method through which you file your claim, as it will determine whether you are claiming from the insurance company or from an individual. With auto accident related injuries, the motorist at fault should have insurance. However, there is no guarantee that this is the case.
2) Decide whether or not to engage an attorney
Unless you are fully confident that you will obtain a satisfactory result on your own, it is prudent to always engage a personal injury attorney, at least for a free initial consultation. However, it’s important to note that talking with an attorney is not the same thing as hiring an attorney, but it may help you plan your next step.
After speaking to a legal professional, you will be able to make more informed decisions with regards to your next step. If you do decide to engage an attorney, he or she will be able to assist you when it comes to making the right decisions in relation to your claim. An attorney will also be able to advise you on the chances of a successful claim based on your personal injury case. This is why it is well worth arranging an initial free consultation.
3) To file or not to file a lawsuit
Many personal injury cases normally reach a settlement prior to trial. When it comes to personal injury claims, it is important to remember Florida’s statute of limitations. The law sets some limits on the time period within which one has to file a lawsuit after sustaining injuries. If you are struggling with the decision, make sure you decide one way or another within three years, at the most.
However, if you definitely do want to proceed with a lawsuit, you should start taking action as soon as possible, before favorable evidence disappears. A quick decision and speedy action can make all the difference when it comes to the success of your claim.
When to Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a personal injury, the quicker you contact a law firm to speak to a personal injury attorney, the better. This will make it easier for you to make informed decisions based on an experienced attorney’s advice. It also means that you can start taking decisive action in relation to your claim, which is something the law firm can help you with.
- If you have sustained permanent or long-term disabling injuries;
- If you experienced severe injuries;
- If you have suffered any illness or injury because of medical malpractice including incompetent, unprofessional or careless treatment by a clinic, hospital, laboratory, nurse, doctor or any other medical provider;
- If the injury or trauma sustained has caused you to miss work or left you unable to work;
- If an injury has lessened your quality of life;
- If an employer is not awarding due compensation;
- In the event that an insurance company or firm refuses to pay.
Personal Injury Attorney FAQs
How much compensation am I entitled to?
Knowing how much you might be able to receive in compensation is important to know before you pursue a case. However, there are a number of factors to consider. The compensation you are entitled to may extend beyond your out-of-pocket expenses. You may be entitled to damages for the past and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of your ability to earn and the pain and suffering you endured.
How long will my lawsuit last?
Although many claims are settled before they go to court, some do make it to trial and it’s difficult to determine how long that process will take. Depending on specific circumstances, a lawsuit may last from a few months to several years. However, you can get a better idea of how long your specific lawsuit may last after consulting a legal professional.
What are my chances of a successful claim?
It is difficult to determine what your chances of making a successful claim will be until your specific situation has been assessed. There are many factors that can affect the likelihood of success, and an experienced personal injury lawyer will take all of these into consideration.
He or she will then be able to advise you on the likelihood of success based on your circumstances and based on past similar cases. Factors such as medical reports, witness statements, a police report, and other important information can affect the chances of a successful claim.
What will an initial consultation involve?
During an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney, for which you are not charged an attorney fee, your case can be assessed based on the information you provide such as witness details or a police report.
This will enable the attorney to provide you with a better idea of the likelihood of pursuing a successful claim as well as the amount of compensation you might expect to receive. This initial consultation can prove invaluable if you have suffered a personal injury, as it can help you to plan your next steps and make more informed decisions.
What types of incidents can I make a claim for?
The personal injury spectrum is a very broad one, with many different situations constituting a personal injury. It can include something as simple as a slip or fall/trip and fall or it could be a car accident or motorcycle accident that was not your fault.
You may have suffered medical malpractice or an injury caused by a defective product, or you may be a work-related accident victim. If you are unsure whether your case would be classified as a personal injury, arrange a free consultation with an attorney.