How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Your Claim

Copyright (c) 2010 Benjamin Glass

You have nothing to lose and much to gain when you contact a personal injury attorney to help you in filing and settling your claim. Depending on the state where you live, negligence laws may make it extremely difficult to settle a personal injury claim, especially if you live in one of the 5 states that follow contributory negligence laws.

An experienced personal injury attorney will have past case history with which they can draw upon to help structure your claim and estimate what a fair settlement would be. While no attorney can guarantee a settlement amount, they can estimate a value for what your claim should be worth and help you work toward obtaining that settlement.

The Process of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

You should never pick the first personal injury attorney you come across in The Yellow Pages or on an Internet ad. When choosing your attorney to handle your claim you should ask friends and family if they have a lawyer they’ve worked with in the past that they would recommend.

If you have no personal referrals to go by, find a few local personal injury attorneys near your area that specialize in your type of personal injury claim. Most respectable personal injury attorneys offer no-cost consultations to determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim and whether you would be a good attorney-client match.

Never trust an attorney who promises a certain settlement amount, or guarantees a settlement. The truth is that no attorney can 100% guarantee a settlement, as that decision is made either by the insurance company or a judge and jury in a personal injury lawsuit.

What a Personal Injury Attorney Brings to Your Personal Injury Claim

When you have suffered serious injury because of an accident caused by the negligence of another party you are going to have a lot more pressing issues on your mind aside from filing a PI claim. You should be able to focus on recovering from your injuries instead of filing paperwork, locating documentation of evidence of your accident, and dealing with the insurance companies.

Your attorney can take care of much of the paperwork and research necessary to file and settle your claim. When you hire a PI attorney they take over much of the burden of your claim, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. In the event that your claim needs to be taken to trial because of an inadequate settlement or unfair dismissal, your attorney will be right there to take things to the next stage.

In states where they follow contributory negligence laws your personal injury attorney will be an invaluable asset to your personal injury claim. Contributory negligence does not allow you to be found even minutely at fault for the accident that caused your injuries. In these cases, your evidence must be strong to prove the other party was completely responsible for the accident.

Larger Settlements Outweigh Personal Injury Attorney Fees

Because most trustworthy personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis there’s no risk to you in hiring one to represent you in your claim. Often the presence of a personal injury attorney can lead to a faster, more substantial settlement.

Contingency fees mean the attorney does not get paid unless you obtain a settlement. Even though they do take a portion of that settlement, because the settlement amount is typically greater than had you settled with the insurance company alone, the amount you receive is often still greater.

With a contingency fee system, a no-cost consultation, and the peace of mind hiring a personal injury attorney brings to your personal injury claim there’s really no excuse not to consult with an attorney first before filing your claim.

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