When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 31, 2018 in Personal Injury
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you may think that you can handle the claim on your own. However, it is often in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options after an accident.
D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s personal injury lawyers in New Haven have helped numerous accident victims with their claims. We understand how to build a case that supports your claim and work with insurance companies to maximize the compensation you may receive for your claim.
Below, there are several examples of situations where hiring an attorney after an accident may help your personal injury claim. To learn more about your potential legal options after an accident, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
You Suffered a Severe Injury
Some personal injury accidents result only in minor injuries, like cuts, scrapes or bruises. In these situations, you may be able to work directly with the insurance adjuster to receive fair compensation for your accident.
However, accidents that result in serious injury often require victims to undergo extensive medical treatment and take time off from work while they recover. This may result in the victim incurring expensive medical bills and suffering a loss of income from missing work.
In this situation, it may be in your best interest to choose an experienced attorney for help with your claim. Your attorney will help you negotiate a fair amount of compensation that helps you pay for your medical expenses and reimburses you for the income you may have lost.
You Are Expected to Suffer Long-Term or Permanent Disabilities
Some accidents result in spinal cord injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries and other serious long-term or permanent disabilities.
These injuries can be very expensive to treat and may require a lengthy recovery period. When this occurs, it may help your claim to have a qualified attorney who understands the difficulties you may endure due to a serious injury.
A knowledgeable attorney will understand the types of treatment that may be required to heal your injury, as well as the financial impact it may have on you and your loved ones for years to come. He or she will obtain expert medical witnesses who can accurately describe the challenges you face with your medical treatment, as well as the financial burdens you may suffer as a result.
Multiple Parties Are Involved in Your Claim
In some accidents, there may be more than one party who is responsible for causing your injuries. This may occur in a car accident where multiple drivers contributed to causing the collision.
In this type of situation, insurance companies will often try to shift the blame away to other parties involved in the accident to help save themselves money for your claim. This can make it difficult for someone who is not familiar with insurance claims to handle on their own. It also may result in the insurance company reducing your claim’s value or denying it altogether.
However, an attorney will work to identify which parties are at fault for the accident and the level of negligence each one contributed to causing your injury. Your attorney will have your best interest in mind when negotiating with the other party's insurance companies.
Your Claim is Being Disputed
Often, insurance companies will dispute victims’ claims if they believe it will save them money. This may occur when you are partially at fault for the accident or the insurer alleges that you did not suffer as serious an injury as you claim.
When this happens, it may result in your claim’s value being lowered or the insurance company refusing to provide you compensation.
However, an experienced attorney will work to help you build a case that proves your claim. He or she will obtain your medical records and evidence from the accident to help show your claim accurately depicts your injuries and the at-fault party’s negligence.
You Were Offered a Low Settlement
In many cases, insurance companies are quick to offer accident victims an initial settlement with the intention of swiftly resolving your claim. Insurers are notorious for making low-ball settlement offers to accident victims that may barely cover the cost of their medical treatment or other damages they may have suffered.
Unfortunately, many accident victims are willing to accept an insurer’s initial offer because they do not understand the true value of their claim. An insurer may inform the victim that he or she is partially at fault for the accident and will not receive compensation if he or she does not accept the offer.
However, a personal injury attorney will have experience dealing with insurance companies and will understand the tactics they use to save themselves money. Your attorney will likely advise you to deny the initial offer and help negotiate for a better settlement that more accurately reflects the financial losses you suffered after the accident.
Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi for a Free Consultation
Hiring your own personal injury attorney will provide you with a strong advocate that will help protect your claim and obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Do not hesitate to contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi for a free, no obligation consultation if you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence.
We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your claim to help you determine your legal options to obtain maximum compensation. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out if you have a case.