5 Benefits of Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer When You’re Injured In A Car Accident
Being injured in a car accident can have physical, mental, and financial implications that can be difficult to navigate on your own while trying to simultaneously initiate legal proceedings against the at-fault driver. While you don’t have to hire a personal injury lawyer to do so, there are several ways in which doing so can make the process of recovery and seeking compensation much easier. Below are 5 benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer when you’re injured in a car accident.
Legal Knowledge & Experience
The first and perhaps most important benefit of having a personal injury lawyer on your side after a car accident is their legal knowledge and experience. Unless you’re a lawyer yourself, it’s likely you aren’t aware of every intricacy involved in filing a personal injury claim and pursuing compensation for the damages. There are key steps that have to be taken in order for you to reach a favorable outcome that a personal injury lawyer is familiar with. They understand how complex the legal system can be, therefore they can help you navigate it effectively so that you aren’t stuck covering medical expenses for things like a hospital stay, medication, surgery, and more. They can help you build a strong case after assessing the value of your claim accurately so that they can fight for your rights effectively.
Increased Chances of Fair Compensation
Every person has the right to represent themselves in their case, but that doesn’t mean they should. If you choose to forgo the help of legal representation, you might end up doing yourself a major disservice. While you might feel that you can handle your own case by investigating your accident and evidence yourself, it’s easy to get confused by all of the information available online, making it easy for you to make a mistake in your case or miss out on an important step in seeking compensation. A personal injury lawyer understands Florida’s laws and statute of limitations when it comes to vehicle accidents and personal injury claims in a way that Google might not. Insurance companies also take you much more seriously when you have experienced representation on your side.
Investigation & Evidence Collection
A crucial and difficult aspect of a personal injury case is investigating the crash so that liability can be established, as well as the extent of the damages. A skilled attorney is going to conduct a thorough investigation of the crash so that they can determine the value of the damages and your injuries and estimate how much you should be compensated. They’ll also gather accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions to support your case. A good attorney is going to leave no stone unturned. They will help you recover as many types of damages as you are entitled to which may include:
- Punitive damages
- Medical expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- And more!
Handling Insurance Companies
When it comes to insurance companies, they’re only ever looking out for one party in a personal injury case; themselves. They don’t want financial liability, so they’ll do their best to deny your injury claim. If they can’t get away with that, they’ll attempt to lowball you a settlement offer that is worth well below your injuries. They know that car accidents can create a great deal of financial strain and they’re banking on you needing cash so badly that you’ll accept an offer that doesn’t amount to what you deserve but saves them a buck. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side gives you more negotiation power because they know the law, they’ve investigated your crash, and they’ve done their due diligence in determining what you should actually be paid. They also are familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid a payout, and know their way around them. A personal injury lawyer can protect your rights and ensure that you don’t say or do anything that could hurt the outcome of your case.
Aside from the monetary and legal aspects of a car accident, there are emotional and mental ones that can really take a toll on you. In fact, in a study conducted by Oxford University, it was found that one-third of people involved in a crash can suffer PTSD, depression, anxiety, and phobias up to a year after their accident. Research also shows that the claim settlement process can have negative impacts on the psychological and physical recovery of those injured in an accident. The same study says, “…PI victims who are involved in litigation are less likely to return to work, have more disability, worse health outcomes, increased pain intensity and decreased physical functioning, and more symptoms of depression, anxiety, and distress than non-litigating PI victims.”
A personal injury lawyer can not only offer you legal support, but emotional support as well. A good lawyer cares about your concerns and well-being, so they can lend a listening ear when it comes to what’s troubling you throughout the process. Because lawyers work with all sorts of clients, they also usually have contacts for mental and physical health therapists, support groups, and other means of assistance.
How The Florida Law Group Can Help You
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, having a seasoned personal injury lawyer on your side can not only benefit you but offer you peace of mind. It’s not easy to navigate the legal terrain of filing a personal injury claim, why not have help? The best part about working with The Florida Law Group is we only win if you do as we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if and when we win your case. If we don’t, you don’t owe us anything!
Our car accident injury attorneys have 100+ years of combined legal experience, so they know how to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your options!