Savvy consumers know it’s important to perform one’s due diligence when purchasing a product, hiring a service provider, or choosing the right professional to handle a particular need. It is when facing a potential legal case, however, that such cost-benefit evaluations can become most critical.
If you or someone you love are currently facing a potential legal matter involving a preventable accident or workplace injury, hiring a personal injury attorney can be one of the most important decisions you make – especially if you’ve incurred considerable physical, financial, and / or emotional damages, or expect to face ongoing losses from any lasting injuries or disabilities.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we know the services injury lawyers provide their clients can be invaluable, as we’ve represented numerous victims and families who could have lost out on crucial compensation had they attempted to handle their cases on their own. To help illustrate this, we’ve put together a few of the most important reasons for why working with a personal injury lawyer is in your best interests, as well as the risks you may face should you choose to go at it alone.
5 Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer
1. Personal Injury Cases Are Complex
Personal injury cases are not your average property damage claim. Filled with a variety of legal, medical, and economic hurdles, injury cases are notoriously complex, and entail far more than simply filing a claim with your insurance carrier, or the company that insures the individual or entity responsible for your harm and losses.
Not only must victims and families navigate unfamiliar procedures and proceedings, they’ll also need to ensure they efficiently address the unique aspects of their claims in order to prevail and maximize their recoveries. Although every case is different, some common issues that add complexity to a personal injury case include:
- Difficulties determining fault / contested liability.
- Multiple defendants (i.e. multi-vehicle accidents, workplace injuries or construction accidents, premises accidents, etc.)
- Complex laws and regulations (Workers’ Compensation and civil suits, claims against government entities, construction and workplace safety regulations, etc.)
- Substantial damages, including economic damages (lost wages, lost future earnings, and medical bills) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, emotional anguish, etc.)
- Complex medical concepts, diagnoses and prognoses, and the need for medical expert testimony (both to support injury diagnoses and prognoses or medical malpractice claims).
- Serious injuries, permanent disabilities, or wrongful death.
These and a host of many other issues can quickly add to challenges already present in personal injury claims – and while they may prove overwhelming to victims and families still struggling to recover or repair their lives, they can be handled effectively by lawyers with the necessary experience, resources, and network of professional connections.
2. A Level Playing Field: Added Leverage Against Corporations
Victims who file personal injury suits typically face off against powerful insurance companies or corporations that utilize their resources to pay victims as little as they possibly can. It is an unfortunate reality that these corporations prioritize profits over people, contest fault and liability, and work aggressively to delay, deny, or minimize payouts to victims. While those harmed by the negligence or wrongful acts of others have a right to a financial recovery of their damages, protecting that right and ensuring full and fair compensation is never guaranteed – victims can and do need considerable leverage to combat corporate greed.
Without legal representation, injured plaintiffs can fall victim to insurance company and corporate tactics – including early settlements that fail to account for the full scope of victims’ damages and future needs, communications meant to solicit statements or information that can be used against claimants, and legal motions that inundate plaintiffs and dissuade them from pursuing full financial recoveries.
By working with attorneys, victims can effectively level the playing field with corporate defendants, and benefit from the leverage provided by a law firm’s extensive resources and their knowledge as experienced advocates who know how to fight back.
3. Your Future Depends On Full Compensation
Believe it or not, most personal injury lawyers will be honest in assessing potential claims and discussing whether plaintiffs truly need an attorney. In some matters – particularly those involving very minor injuries and small losses – victims may very well be able to negotiate fair settlements on their own. In others, however, a successful claim and full compensation can be crucial to the futures of victims and their loved ones.
In many of the cases handled by our legal team, victims and families come to our firm after suffering serious and life-altering injuries. It is not uncommon that they face considerable concerns about their futures, as well as a range of losses that may very well impact their ability to make ends meet or obtain needed care and medical services that may be reasonably expected beyond the conclusion of their cases. That includes things like:
- Diminished earning capacity / lost future wages resulting from injuries or disabilities that prevent victims from working, performing the same work they once did, or earning meaningful income or any income at all.
- Future medical expenses arising from procedures or surgery victims are likely to need in the future, costs of adaptive or accommodative devices, expenses associated with disabilities and medications, and other future financial obligations created by their long-term or lifelong injuries.
- Considerable non-economic damages, including things like a victim’s past and future pain and suffering, the mental anguish and emotional injuries brought about by their injuries or disabilities, and the emotional losses suffered by their loved ones – including lost emotional support, loss of consortium, and more.
4. Contingency Fees
Many victims debate working with attorneys on their personal injury claims over concerns about costs, especially at times when they may be struggling with the financial strains created by lost income, medical bills, and other expenses arising from their accidents. Fortunately, our firm, like the majority of personal injury lawyers today, handles injury cases on a contingency basis.
A contingent fee system can ease existing burdens faced by victims and families, as it means there are no up-front fees to hiring a legal representation. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our attorneys collect fees – a predetermined percentage of the overall recovery – only when a financial recovery is obtained. If no recovery is made, clients owe no fees.
5. You Can Focus on What Matters Most: Your Health
Perhaps the greatest benefit of working with a personal injury lawyer is that it allows victims to focus on what matters most – their health and their futures. Because injuries can inundate victims and their loved ones with considerable expenses and demands on their time, as well as the difficulties of seeking treatment and rehabilitating, the need to handle a personal injury case – especially for those unfamiliar with the complex laws and procedures involved – can prove overwhelming.
By working with attorneys, victims can make the most of their physical recoveries, and maximize the potential for care and recovery as much in the immediate aftermath of accidents as in the years beyond the conclusion of a case.