When looking for in a lawyer, you should consider factors such as history of success and experience in the area of law that your case falls into. But how do you know whether you actually need an attorney in the first place? If you have suffered a personal injury and are on the fence about whether working with an attorney is a smart idea, here are some things to consider.
- The Value of Your Damages
Working with an attorney is more strongly recommended when the amount of damages you have suffered is high. For example, if you have incurred thousands of dollars in medical bills, have suffered permanent disfigurement or disability, have lost wages and will be unable to return to work soon, you should work with an attorney. In a case such as this, your damages may be valued at tens of thousands (or more) of dollars, and not working with an attorney may mean losing out on full recover of your compensation amount.
On the other hand, if your damages are relatively insignificant–i.e. your car bumper needs to be replaced after a crash and you went to E.R., but were released without any long-term problems–you may be able to file a claim with the insurance company and have it settled without complication, and without the counsel of a legal professional.
- How Long Ago Your Accident Happened
How long ago your accident happened may be a significant factor in the viability of your personal injury claim. First, note that the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date that the accident occurred, which means that if more than two years have elapsed, you are likely barred from seeking damages. However, there are some situations in which the two-year period is extended, so seeking a free consultation with a personal injury attorney may be advantageous.
If your accident happened within the statute of limitations, but did not happen very recently, an attorney can be helpful in gathering evidence (which can be harder to collect the more time that has passed). An attorney can also ensure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations if you are approaching the deadline.
- The State of Your Claim
The state of your claim refers to the stage of development in the personal injury process your claim is at. For example, if you have suffered minor injuries, have filed a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault party, and have been offered a settlement that you think is fair, you may not need a personal injury attorney.
On the other hand, if you have suffered serious injuries and have filed a claim, but your claim has been denied, reduced based on allegations that you contributed to the injury, or lowballed for reasons you don’t understand, hiring an attorney is recommended. An attorney can gather evidence, review your case, work with experts who add clout to your claims of negligence and damages, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
- The Likelihood of Success
Finally, before you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit and hire an attorney, you should think about the likelihood of your claim’s success. If your case isn’t likely to be successful, spending the time and money pursuing a suit may be against your best interests. One of the best ways to determine whether your case is worth pursuing is to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Lastly, if you have been charged with a crime or are involved in a family law issue, working with an attorney is almost always strongly recommended.
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If you have questions about the value of your claim and whether or not you should hire an attorney, please visit our experienced Alabama injury attorneys today for your free, no obligation consultation. You can schedule your consultation by calling us at 334-737-3718, or sending us a message online.