Former Insurance Defense Attorney Turned Personal Injury Attorney

Do you need to work with a personal injury attorney?

It is important to know when your case will or will not need a personal injury attorney. Knowing when your case requires a skilled legal attorney is essential, because taking a case that does not to an attorney will only cost you more in the long term.

In "Get It Settled Without A Lawyer" you can learn more about the kinds of cases that benefit from having a skilled attorney on your side, like a complex personal injury case.

How do you know if you need to work with an attorney? Here are a few things that you may want to keep in mind.

1. Your case has plenty of injuries and damages

One way you can know if you need to work with an attorney is by looking at the extent of your injuries and the damages from the crash you were involved in. For example, if you're badly hurt, suffer a traumatic brain injury, or have significant injuries that will require multiple surgeries or many months of therapy, it's important for you to look into working with an attorney. There are many factors in these cases that have to be considered, and you want to try to get as much compensation as possible.

2. The other party lowballs you

Another thing to think about is what to do if the other party lowballs you. While many insurance agents will give you a low, but potentially fair, offer, you can seek more if you have an attorney in a complex case. If you know that what you're being offered isn't enough, don't think that you're stuck. Negotiating can help, so bring your attorney on board.

3. Your case is going to court

Finally, you will want to have the right representation if you need to take your case to court. For instance, if the insurance company isn't making an offer or is delaying payment, then you may need to go to court. Having representation at trial can help you have a better chance of getting the outcome that you want to see, so that you have the compensation needed in the future. If you represent yourself, it's an added level of stress, especially if you're not familiar with the law.

These are three times you may want to turn to an attorney for help. Severe injuries are significant and complex enough that legal help may be what you need moving forward.

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