Why Personal Injury Victims Need A Lawyer To Secure Fair Compensation
Many personal injury victims are reluctant to hire an attorney after they’ve been hurt as a result of another person’s carelessness. Often, victims have no previous experience retaining legal counsel and are worried about the costs associated with hiring a lawyer. Perhaps the victim thinks their injuries are minor, and there is no need for serous representation. However, a skilled personal injury attorney can help victims obtain the maximum amount of compensation to provide continued medical care and peace of mind.
Common Reasons Victims Don’t Hire an Attorney
Just as victims likely have little experience hiring an attorney, they are also less likely to have experience working with large insurance companies and complex legal codes. Before agreeing to a settlement that may be incomplete or unfair, victims should consider hiring a lawyer. Victims may feel they can handle the case on their own for a few reasons, including:
- They have insurance. Even if a victim has insurance, the insurance company and the victim have different goals. The insurance company is seeking to mitigate the damage as much as possible and pay out as little money as they can. The victim, however, is seeking the maximum amount of compensation to cover all his injuries. An attorney works to achieve the victim’s goals, regardless of the aims of other parties.
- Their injuries are minor. Over time, even minor injuries can develop into more serious problems. Though rare, they can require further medical treatment, therapy, prescription drugs, home or vehicle modifications, and more. A lawyer can help victims understand the full scope of their injuries and the potential for future complications.
- Their injuries are severe. Victims may think their injuries are so severe the insurance company will have no choice but to offer compensation. Compensation is typically based on the severity of injuries, but the more critical the injury, the wider the range of compensation. An attorney can help ensure that the victim’s compensation is appropriate to the injury.
- The insurance company seems compliant. Insurance companies will attempt to minimize the compensation in any way they can. They are much more likely to consider a claim seriously if an attorney is representing the victim, knowing a lawyer likely has much more experience in handling these matters.
A Lawyer Can Help Obtain Justice and Compensation
In addition to adding credence to a claim and helping victims determine medical expenses and future needs, an experienced attorney can secure other compensation for a personal injury victim, including money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to another person’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to file a claim. The experienced lawyer at the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams can help you learn more about your rights, determine fair compensation and fight for you. Call the office today at 949-679-9909 to get started with your case.