11 Reasons Why Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer is Important (After Accident)
Benefits of Hiring a West Virginia Accident Attorney
Just about everyone will be involved in an automobile crash at least once in their lifetime. Some accidents are minor fender benders and cause little injury. However, many crashes cause physical injuries leading to medical bills, lost wages, pain, and hardship.
When an accident causes injury, an experienced personal injury lawyer, like those at West Law Firm, can give you peace of mind and help you make a complete financial and physical recovery. Below are 11 ways an experienced injury attorney can help you after an auto accident, slip and fall, or work injury.
11 Ways a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
1. They will help you determine how much your claim is worth
Because experienced personal injury lawyers have settled numerous types of cases and are highly trained in the field of accident and injury law, they can accurately determine what your case is worth. Furthermore, over time the types and amount of compensation that you are entitled to may change. By hiring a personal injury attorney you can be sure you have received the full amount that you deserve.
2. They can help you get a higher settlement
Though it’s not always fair, people who hire a personal injury attorney usually receive more money for their personal injury claim. Even after paying the lawyer’s fees, injured people who retain a lawyer often end up with more compensation in their pocket than those who don’t retain an attorney. In fact, many of our clients hired us after the insurance company refused them to pay a fair settlement.
3. They’ll advise you when to settle and when to file suit
One of the biggest questions you may have after an accident is whether you should settle or file a suit. This simple question has many factors to consider to make sure you get what is owed to you. Personal injury attorneys have experience and knowledge to help ensure you are taking the right course of action and will advise you accordingly. At West Law Firm, we are able to settle about 85% of our client’s cases without filing a lawsuit. However, because we’re willing to go to court when insurance companies are being unfair, insurance adjusters are more likely to settle with us before a lawsuit is necessary.
4. They’ll save you time
Time is a precious thing, and odds are you don’t have much of it to spare. Do you want to spend your valuable time requesting your medical records, medical bills, insurance liens, reviewing police reports and medical charts, and communicating back and forth with the insurance adjuster? If you answered no, a personal injury attorney can help with that. They’ll handle all of this for you so you can spend your time getting back to living your life.
5. They can expedite your personal injury claim
The first thing you want to do after an accident is to focus on your health. However, the longer you wait to start acting on your personal injury claim the longer it will take to settle. When you hire a personal injury lawyer they’ll start pursuing your compensation claim right away while you take time to recuperate. An experienced personal injury lawyer has dealt with all types of cases, so they’ll be able to anticipate most of the setbacks before they even happen.
6. They’ll give you a free consultation
Most personal injury attorneys, including us at West Law Firm, give free consultations to potential clients. One of the best things you can do before this free consultation is to come up with a list of questions you want to be answered. This will help you obtain valuable information about your accident claim and it can help you decide your next course of action.
7. Experience settling injury claims with other lawyers and insurance companies
Effectively working and negotiating with the other party’s attorney and even some insurance adjusters can be one of the most difficult things to do in your case. An experienced personal injury lawyer can deal effectively and quickly with the other side. This is particularly valuable during the litigation stage of your case when parties are required to exchange facts and documents.
8. They can fight the big entities
It is nearly impossible for unrepresented people to effectively handle claims against big corporations. Almost all individuals simply do not have the time and resources to handle it on their own. For cases such as product defects and bad drugs you almost certainly need attorney representation if you are going to prevail.
9. They’ll handle all the paperwork and fine print
Personal injury claims involve a lot of paperwork, contracts, and fine print that’s written intentionally by corporations to be confusing. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will help make sure you don’t sign away your rights and that you understand all your options. At West Law Firm, our goal is to handle everything, including the fine print, so you don’t have to!
10. They can represent you in court
Going to court can be overwhelming for someone who does not have the experience in doing so. Unrepresented people go to court every day and struggle with all the court rules and procedures. Unfortunately, their failure to comply with these rules, which they usually didn’t even know existed, leads to their case getting dismissed. When you hire a personal injury attorney they take care of all the courtroom work so that you don’t have to.
11. They know insurance law and insurance companies.
Working with the other parties’ lawyers can be difficult, but working with their insurance company can be worse. A personal injury lawyer with lots of experience will be familiar with insurance laws that can impact your case. Furthermore, each insurance company has its own personality, and odds are a personal injury attorney has worked with the other parties’ insurance company before and will know exactly how to handle them.
Get a Free Case Evaluation From An Experienced West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
We hope the above helps answer some of your general questions about why hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is beneficial in many cases involving an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or because of another party’s negligence, we invite you to call us for a Free Consultation to get more details about your rights and options. Call us toll-free today at 1-877-943-9378. There’s also no fee unless and until you recover compensation.
West Law Firm is located in Charleston, West Virginia and we serve clients throughout the state and country who have been hurt in WV. We’ll come to you!
Brooks West is a West Virginia personal injury lawyer who helps people who have been injured by negligence or wrongful conduct. He is the President and founder of West Law Firm and has been an attorney since 2005. Brooks is a Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member and has been awarded the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.