Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
After an injury, you may be asking yourself, “Do I need an attorney?” The answer is yes, you most likely do.
Being injured in a car or truck accident, at work, at the store, or wherever the incident occurred can be traumatizing and difficult. When you complicate this problem with lost wages, medical bills, or if there were children involved, most victims are taking on a stressful financial and physical situation that can greatly impact their lives.
On this page, our firm addresses some of the pressing questions victims have about hiring a personal injury lawyer and how the process works.
Were You Injured?
The first two questions you should ask:
- Am I injured to a point that it is financially impacting my life or my family?
- Is there some entity responsible for causing this injury?
If your answer is “yes” to even one of these, it is probably time to contact a local injury lawyer. A lot of people are concerned that hiring a law firm will be expensive but, thankfully, most personal injury firms charge on contingency. This means you pay the firm a percentage of the victory only if you win the case. Legal representation is free when it comes to most personal injury cases — criminal law is an obvious exception.
On one hand, you have nothing to lose by at least talking to a personal injury firm is you think you have a case or are dealing with an insurance claim. On the other, lawyers are skilled negotiators and can help you get compensated for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses if you were injured. It’s a win-win situation.
The most common personal injury claims are:
Why Would I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are plenty of other types of injury claims, of course, ranging from specific bodily injuries to dog bites. If you’re injured and there are general or special damages (like rehabilitation, pain and suffering, lost employment opportunities, property damages, scarring, etc.), and there is a likely party responsible for causing these damages (another driver, a dog owner, a restaurant manager, etc.), there’s no harm in contacting a qualified personal injury attorney for help. Not only can they help you recover damages, they ease the stress of the incident by negotiating on your behalf and helping you through the legal process. And getting legal representation doesn’t cost a dime at the Dixon Injury Firm unless we win the case.
How Do I Get the Best Settlement?
There are a couple of things you can do to ensure you get the most reimbursement for your injury claim. For starters, calling a law firm that specializes in your type of case or claim is a no-brainer. Here’s a few other ways you can ensure justified reimbursement for your situation:
- Know what to do after an accident
- Document everything, including names, dates, expenses, and even journal about your condition
- Don’t accept an immidiate settlement offer and try to negotiate your claim without legal representation
- Research local personal injury firms that have a solid reputation, good reviews, and offer contingency
Most importantly, get well. It can be extremely difficult to deal with insurers and a potential lawsuit if you’re not in the right frame of mind. People should contact an injury firm as soon as possible for legal representation because they do need a personal injury lawyer after a serious injury that leads to financial implications. Our firm has handled cases across the board, from truck and car accidents to nursing home negligence. Here are a few resources we’ve put together to help you get started:
- A general FAQ about what to do after accidents
- Our car accident FAQ and truck accident FAQ
- A book about car crash compensation
- Specific pages about our personal injury practice areas
“Do you need an attorney?” The answer is yes, most likely. Feel free to call us 24/7 at (314) 409-7060 for a free case review and consultation. Getting in touch with a qualified firm is the first step to getting the compensation you deserve.