When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
- May 20, 2015
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Suffering an injury is a traumatic experience no matter what the cause, but it is even worse if someone else is at fault. If you or someone you love has suffered bodily harm because of negligence, it can be a very isolating ordeal to go through. But you aren’t alone—personal injury lawyers help people who have been harmed in industrial accidents, automobile collisions, or while in the care of an institution every day.
How do I know if I have a case?
Recovering from a serious injury is a stressful time, but it is also a critical time in building a personal injury claim. It is vital that you maintain hospital and treatment records to establish the severity of your injuries and prove that you treated them adequately, otherwise the defendant’s side will claim that your injury was not severe enough to warrant treatment. Timeliness is a factor, so if you suspect you have a case, begin the process of hiring a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Many personal injury attorneys only collect money from you on a contingent fee basis if you receive a settlement or are awarded damages in court, meaning there is little financial risk involved. Although most civil litigation cases settle without going to trial, it’s also important to discuss the issue of costs apart from an attorney fee once you decide to hire a lawyer. Apart from financial considerations, it’s always a good idea to hire a personal injury lawyer you trust. Recommendations from friends and family are a good place to start, and many state bar organizations have services that will refer people to attorney if they need one. Even if a trusted attorney is unable to take your case, she can often refer you to an acquaintance who can. Choosing a lawyer is an important decision, so don’t be afraid to consult with several until you find the right person to represent you.
What are the next steps?
Once you have determined that your case is viable and you have an attorney in mind, it’s time to take the next steps in planning your approach. Make sure the person you hire has a good reputation and specializes in the type of personal injury case you are dealing with; for example, find out if their firm has dealt with medical malpractice, automobile accidents, or workers’ compensation. Have a conversation about settlement vs. going to trial, and make sure you are on the same page. Remember, you should feel comfortable with how your lawyer is handling your case at all times.
If you feel that your personal injury claim is justified and would like to seek compensation, contact the law offices of Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein for a free consultation at 646-798-1417. You can also visit the website for more information about our attorneys, verdicts, and settlements. Don’t wait—get the money you deserve and help prevent others from being injured in the future.