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|Blog Post: June 2018
Personal Injury Claims: Why You Need A Lawyer
For certain personal injury claims -- such as those for severe injuries, malpractice, or toxic exposure -- consulting a lawyer is clearly necessary. However, even for personal injury claims involving less-severe injuries, you should not settle those claims without first contacting a lawyer.
The overwhelming majority of times, the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer -- or at least the threat to an insurance company that such a lawyer may present -- are worth the money you must pay that lawyer to represent you. You may need a lawyer because of complex legal rules involved in your particular claim or because the severity of your injuries might cause your compensation to vary greatly from the norm -- or simply because an insurance company claims you were not really injured or refuses to settle a matter in good faith. The following types of injuries and accidents almost certainly require a lawyer's help:
Long-Term or Permanently-Disabling Injuries
Some accidents result in injuries that significantly affect your physical capabilities or appearance for a long time -- over a year -- or even permanently. Figuring out how much such a serious injury is worth can be a difficult business. You'll probably require assistance from an experienced lawyer to get the most out of your claim.
The amount of your accident compensation is mostly determined by how severe your injuries were. The severity of your injuries is measured by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have, the length of time it takes for you to recover, and the strength of the medical evidence you can present showing that the accident caused your injuries. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range within which that compensation may fall becomes wider. In such cases, it is worth the expense to have a lawyer handle your claim and make sure you receive compensation at the highest end of the range.
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other medical provider, both the medical questions and the legal rules involved are extremely complex. This complexity, as well as the need to present medical evidence from a proper medical expert, requires that you hire a lawyer to properly handle your claim.
When An Insurance Company Refuses to Recognize Your Injuries and/or Pay the Reasonable Value of Your Claim
In most instances, regardless of the nature of your injury or the amount of your medical bills and lost income, you will want to hire a lawyer because an insurance company or government agency simply refuses to make any settlement offer at all or any fair settlement offer. In these cases, something -- what the lawyer can get minus the fee charged to get it -- is better than nothing.
How Our Firm Can Help
The attorneys at Perna & Abracht, LLC have a cumulative sixty (60) years of experience handling personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, car-pedestrian accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, and even chemical-related injuries. We do not charge anything to meet with you to discuss your case, and if we take the case, we receive no attorney's fees unless we receive monies for you from the party (or party's insurance company) who is responsible for causing your injuries.