Obviously there is no ‘correct’ time for a person to hire a personal injury lawyer, but if you are reading this article then you probably have a situation that has compelled you to think about when is the right time to hire one.
Perhaps you have been in an automobile accident or suffered an injury in the workplace, but no matter the cause, if you have a personal injury you probably don’t want to be without counsel during any part of the process, which can many times be quite lengthy.
Your personal injury lawyer will be vital in the conversations that are inevitably going to take place with the insurance company(s) that are involved in your case. Your attorney will do things such as making sure your medical bills are paid up to date and also that property damage is taken care of in instances such as an auto accident so that you can get your vehicle back on the road or make sure that you have a rental to use in the meantime.
If you are in a car accident, the best time to find a personal injury lawyer is immediately following the accident and/or when you leave the hospital or emergency room.
Time can also be of the essence if you have an issue such as a medical malpractice claim. Many states have statutes that require you to notify the doctor involved within a specific time frame if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice.
These types of cases take a lot of time and require a lot of work on the part of your attorney. You are best off to give them as much time as possible to prepare and handle your case.
Keep in mind, the insurance companies have plenty of time, resources, and experts on their side of the equation. You need to make sure that you have your own experts in the form of your lawyer and legal team, when it comes to representing you in your personal injury case.
The other party, be it a private citizen, a business, or a doctor, will be representing their best interests, not yours. Rather than try and take on the task by yourself, get a lawyer to handle your side of the case so that you avoid situations that you don’t have the expertise to handle. Remember, no one in these situations cares about your best interests as much as you do. Do all you can to make sure you are properly represented.
Along with having the proper legal team to represent you, you will want to have the correct medical team as well. Your personal injury lawyer will be familiar with the laws in your state and can contact the right medical experts to not only examine and prescribe treatment for you, but also be available to serve as witnesses should the case end up going to trial.
You will need these doctors to provide proper treatment, of course, but it is also important that they have the ability to testify about the long term effects your injury may have on you and your family.
Some personal injury law firms will have medical personnel on staff and they are capable of evaluating your case on the spot. They can also take a look at any medial records that exist from before and after the injury and serve as a go-between between you and the other physicians involved. These on staff medical teams will make sure that you receive proper care during the process and that your best interests are always at the forefront.
Along with a medical staff, many personal injury lawyers will also have an investigative team on staff as well. Investigators may perform such tasks as recreating your accident or injury scene in order to obtain information to be used in a trial. In general, they will attempt to arm your attorneys with as much information as possible, so that moving forward they can obtain the best possible settlement for you as you pursue your claim.
The more people you have on your end, the better off you will be.
As you are trying to determine if you actually need a personal injury lawyer, keep in mind that even small events or accidents can result in injuries to your person that may affect you long-term.
Even a low speed car accident can result in injuries to your spine, back, and neck. If there is any question at all as to the extent of your injury, don’t hesitate to involve a personal injury lawyer. In most cases there is no charge for an initial consultation and generally there is no risk to you if they take on your case and do not recover any money.
So overall, you have nothing to lose if you have been involved in any type of accident, by reaching out to a personal injury lawyer and at least finding out how you should proceed.