When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

You can suffer harm from a personal injury incident, like a motorcycle, car, or truck accident, negatively affecting your financial situation and standard of living. Following a personal injury incident, you can pursue compensation for damages caused by a negligent or intentionally harmful party by filing a personal injury claim with their insurance company. This claim can help you recover compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The question is whether you will handle the claims process independently or turn to an experienced personal injury lawyer. They have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle the claims process effectively and put you in the best position to recover compensation for your damages. At The Russo Firm, we do not get paid until you do, meaning we will invest our full attention and resources into your claim to ensure you recover fair compensation for the full cost of your damages.

Pursuing Compensation for Personal Injury Damages

Following a personal injury incident, you can turn to your insurance to cover damages caused by the at-fault party. If your insurance does not cover the full cost of the damages, you can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This claim is meant to hold the at-fault party responsible for negligent or intentionally harmful behavior that harmed you and caused damages.

The following are some of the personal injury incidents that you can pursue compensation for:

The personal injury claims process can be a difficult one, with a drawn-out process of collecting evidence and proving liability. There will also be reports to be filed, documentation to be sent, and negotiations to take place. While you can handle this alone, a personal injury lawyer with experience with personal injury claims could help simplify the process.

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Your lack of experience in personal injury claims could lead to a mistake that affects how much money you could earn from a successful personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know the best way to handle the personal injury claims process. They will have a handle on all of the laws and rules that can apply to your case, when certain steps should take place, and what the best path is for you to recover compensation for personal injury damages.

The part of the claims process someone without experience will struggle with the most is the negotiation with the at-fault party’s insurance company. They will do anything in their power to deny, devalue, or delay your claim and have the vast resources necessary to accomplish this. Personal injury lawyers have experience handling insurance adjusters and the insurers they represent. They can mitigate attempts to limit your settlement and negotiate a settlement that can pay for the full cost of your damages.

What Should You Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer?

The first thing you should look for in a personal injury lawyer is experience. Through online resources and in-person consultations, you could get a feel for how much experience the personal injury lawyer has. That experience needs to match your case. For example, if you are a Miami car accident victim, you should try to find a lawyer in Miami with car accident claim experience. When meeting with lawyers that could potentially represent you, ask them about the specifics of your case to see how much experience they have in a case like yours.

You should also get a feel for whether you can get along with and trust your personal injury lawyer. If you do not trust or like your lawyer enough to reveal all of the important details of your case, how are they supposed to provide comprehensive legal counsel? Consult online testimonials and speak as much as possible with a personal injury lawyer to see if you feel comfortable with their ability to help you.

Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away?

One thing you should take into account when deciding to hire a personal injury lawyer is timeliness. You do not want to wait too long.

Each state has its own laws that determine the statute of limitations for each type of personal injury incident. The statute of limitations is how long you have to file a fault-based claim to pursue compensation for damages.

For example, your state may allow four years to file a personal injury claim. That means you have four years from the date of the personal injury incident to file a personal injury claim.

While you may think that is a long time, waiting until closer to the deadline could make the claims process harder. Cases that happened years, months, or even weeks ago are much harder to get maximum compensation for; evidence degrades, witnesses disappear, and memories fade.

The fact is, if you are injured in an accident or other negligent incident, you should at least have a conversation with a lawyer ASAP. The sooner the better.

Paying for the Services of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Any trepidation behind hiring a personal injury lawyer may have to do with the price. If you are already in a poor financial position, how are you going to pay for a personal injury lawyer? Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means the personal injury lawyer’s pay is contingent on you receiving compensation.

If you do not receive compensation, you do not have to pay. The personal injury lawyer’s pay (or contingency fee) depends on what you negotiate before you hire them. You can negotiate and agree upon a price that is fair for both sides, so if you do win, you still leave with enough compensation to pay for the full cost of your damages.

Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

You can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company to pursue compensation for damages, which are losses associated with the personal injury incident. A personal injury lawyer can look through your medical records and bills and speak to experts to determine what the current and future costs of your damages are, allowing them to seek full compensation for your damages.

Economic damages from a personal injury incident are the ones that you would expect: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, etc. These are tangible losses that affect your financial situation. You can also pursue non-economic damages, which compensate you for the intangible losses you suffered and how your life negatively changed because of the personal injury incident. These include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The following are some of the damages a personal injury lawyer can help you pursue through a personal injury claim:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Personal Injury Claim

At The Russo Firm, our personal injury lawyers have experience in all areas of personal injury law. We utilize this expertise to help you recover the most compensation possible for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers invest in our clients with their time and resources, ensuring that they provide all-encompassing legal counsel that puts them in the best position to recover compensation. They will work tirelessly for you until you recover fair compensation for the full cost of your personal injury damages.

We offer free consultations to our potential clients, so they can get a feeling for how our personal injury attorneys can help them with the personal injury claims process. Contact us today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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