A personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Thousands of car accidents happen across the country every day. Suffering an injury after a car accident can have a traumatic effect on your life. The economic consequences of a car accident can be devastating, even with adequate health insurance and auto coverage.
Other costs might include lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and home modifications. If another driver’s negligence caused your car accident and subsequent injury, you might be able to build a personal injury claim against them. A personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Let’s go over some of the benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer after your car accident.
When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been the victim of a dangerous accident that was not your fault, you may be wondering when to hire a personal injury lawyer. The short is – as soon as possible if you are injured, and the accident was due to someone else’s negligence.
You Have Serious Injuries
There are some accidents where you suffer only minor injuries- or no injuries at all. If you do not need ongoing medical treatment, then hiring an attorney probably is not necessary. However, it is crucial to have a thorough evaluation by a qualified medical provider to be sure.
Often, there are situations where you feel fine, but there may be internal injuries or other latent disabilities that are not immediately clear. Serious injuries can often prevent you from working and may result in significant medical expenses that impact your future and your family’s future. It is recommended to seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after getting hurt.
Liability is Unclear
Determining fault is an essential part of every personal injury claim. But when an accident involves multiple parties, the responsibility may need to be split among everyone who shares liability for the accident.
In these situations, insurance companies jump upon the opportunity to shift as much blame as possible onto the other parties ― including you. A lawyer can protect you from unfair claims of fault. Your personal injury lawyer will talk to insurance companies on your behalf so they can not take advantage of you.
The Insurance Company Denies Your Claim
Insurance companies deny valid claims every day to protect their assets. Therefore, it is very likely that liability for your injury may be disputed or denied entirely. If you don’t have the proper legal assistance you need, you may accept less than your claim is worth. Hiring a personal injury lawyer when an insurance company denies your claim sends a clear message that you intend to stand up for yourself.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Helps
Personal injury claims are complicated, and an experienced attorney will help you navigate the legal process and receive fair compensation. However, hiring a personal injury lawyer is a daunting task, and it can be difficult to start the process. Here are a few considerations as you prepare to make that decision and move forward with your case.
You Can Focus on Your Health
After suffering a devastating injury caused by the negligent actions of another, the last thing you want to have to deal with is negotiating with the insurance company or dealing with complex legal details. Thankfully, when you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, you do not have to.
In fact, now is the time you can focus on attending follow-up appointments, continuing physical, and occupational therapy, spending time with your family, and focusing on your health. Our team will work tirelessly on your behalf while you focus on recuperating from the trauma you endured. This way, you can minimize your stress and regain as much functionality, mobility, and strength as possible.
Your Lawyer Will Gather Evidence
While you focus more of your attention on healing, your personal injury attorney will be working diligently on your behalf. Did you know the burden of proof and civil lawsuits is different from that of criminal court? In criminal court, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for the jury to return a guilty verdict.
The same is not true in civil claims. The burden of proof in civil court is based on a preponderance of the evidence. This is a much lower burden, as the evidence presented simply must suggest to the jury that the defendant is likely at fault for causing their injuries. For this reason, the evidence presented must be compelling.
Examples of such evidence could include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Medical records
- Interviews with experts and specialists
- Copies of police reports
- Expense tracking logs
- Personal journal entries
- Video of the accident
- Photos of your injuries
Your Personal Injury Lawyer Will Identify the Liable Party
One of your personal injury lawyer’s most important responsibilities will be figuring out who is responsible for causing the accident. Generally, liable parties are compelled to compensate victims for their damages.
By conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident, we can reveal the identities of anyone and everyone who may have played a part in causing your accident and subsequent injuries.
Your Attorney Will Help You Explore Your Legal Options
You might be surprised to learn that you do not necessarily have to go to trial to maximize your financial compensation. For some injury victims, filing a claim with the insurance company may be enough. If the liable party has comprehensive insurance coverage, you may have an opportunity to be repaid for your losses in full through an insurance claim alone.
Unfortunately, many people purchase the bare minimum amount of coverage as required by law. If this is true in your case, an insurance settlement is not going to be enough. Thankfully, your lawyer will be prepared to bring your case to trial.
Here, you will not be limited by the types and amount of coverage the policyholder purchased. Instead, you have a chance to be made whole. You might be able to avoid going to court if the liable party is willing to settle your claim reasonably without a trial. However, this is rare.
Your Personal Injury Lawyer Will Handle the Insurance Company
One of the most important jobs your attorney will handle is talking to the other driver’s insurance company on your behalf. Many insurance companies are focused on minimizing payouts to victims and will do whatever possible to dismiss the value of a claim or deny it altogether. Our skilled attorneys have good relationships with many insurance providers, and they know how to counter any attempts to deny claims unfairly.
Your Personal Injury Lawyer Will Fight for Total Compensation
Once your claim is prepared, your attorney will help to negotiate a favorable settlement. When determining the value of your claim, our attorneys consider the economic and non-economic damages that you have sustained, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Any future medical treatments
- Lost wages
- Any other income that you may lose due to the lasting effects of the accident
- Property damage
By working with an experienced and competitive law firm, you can rest assured that we will negotiate the best possible settlement for your injuries. At The Snyder Law Group, we are proud to offer our clients a level of service that they can’t find anywhere else.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
Choosing to work with a personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer may be in your best interests when you need to file a claim with the insurance company, have suffered catastrophic injuries, or multiple parties share blame for your injuries. It is crucial to protect yourself from being taken advantage of and maximize the compensation you are awarded.
Our dedicated Baltimore personal injury attorneys at The Snyder Law Group, LLC, are proud to serve communities throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. When you are ready to demand the at-fault party be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law but do not know where to get started, begin by completing our quick contact form or calling our office to schedule a 100% free consultation as soon as today.