If you have been injured because of an accident, you may wonder if you should hire a personal injury lawyer. Generally, if you suffered serious or significant injuries, it is beneficial to consult with legal representation.
According for the CDC, there are more than 83.6 million visits to the doctor’s office every year for injuries, and 42.3 million trips to the ER. If you sustained injuries significant enough that you sought medical treatment because of someone else’s negligence, then you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
In some cases, only an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Also, you need to ensure you don’t wait too long.
Here, you can learn about some of the specific signs you should speak with an attorney.
- Your Injuries are Serious
There are several things that may happen after an accident, but if you suffer injuries that limit your day to day activities or your ability to work, then hiring an attorney is a smart move.
- Your Injuries are Disabling or Permanent
If you suffer an injury that is going to require long term care, or that resulted in a permanent disability, you need to discuss the situation with a personal injury lawyer. They can help determine what the long-term costs of the injury and/or disability will be.
- The Accident Resulted from a Defective Vehicle Part
If your accident involved the negligence of a driver, it could be due to a defect with their vehicle. If this is the case, then the manufacturer of the vehicle may be held liable for the damages incurred.
- Alcohol was Involved
If the accident involved a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be held liable for your injuries.
- No Compensation for Missed Work
A part of the damages you are entitled to receive after an accident are lost wages if the injuries you suffer require you to take time off from work. If the insurance company will not pay these wages in your damages, an attorney can help.
- The Insurance Company Won’t Pay the Claim
Did your injuries occur because of another driver’s negligence? If so, their insurance company is required to compensate you for these injuries. Some may deny the claim, to help reduce what they have to payout.
- You Were Exposed to a Toxic Substance
These cases are extremely challenging and often require testimony from expert witnesses or scientific analysis. Experienced attorneys can help you gather the witnesses and evidence needed to prove the case and acquire a fair settlement.
- Liability isn’t Clear
If the accident included several people, there may be multiple parties that are liable for your injuries. This makes insurance claims particularly difficult and something a personal injury lawyer can help with.
- You Have Medical and Car Repair Bills Related to the Accident
If you have any costs related to the accident caused by another person, they should be required to pay those fees. An attorney can help you recover this compensation.
- Your Health or Injuries are Worse Due to Improper Care from a Healthcare Professional
While not all conditions or diseases have a cure, nurses, doctors and others in the healthcare field have a duty to provide a certain standard of care. If they don’t they can be liable for your injuries and long-term suffering.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
When it comes to an accident, if the accident was not your fault, you have the right to receive compensation. If you need help, contact the team of personal injury lawyers at Schnipper Law, P.C. by calling (404) 458-8068.