Personal Injury Lawyers: What You Should Know Before Hiring

When involved in an accident that was not your fault, you may be compensated. Personal injury lawyers help their clients get compensated for injuries sustained in an accident, time lost away from work after the accident and damages for any expenses incurred such as those for medical bills, emotional distress and pain suffered. Whether the accident occurred at work, such as a slip and fall, on a road or in a public place, you can contact a lawyer to help you with the process. 

How Do You File a Claim?

Immediately after the incident, it's essential to contact a lawyer. Make sure you have all documents related to the accident, including police statements, medical receipts, photos or videos. A reputable lawyer will ensure you get your rightful compensation. After the lawyer has checked the documents and understood the entire incident, it's time to agree on terms of service if they agree to take up the case.

Most lawyers will not agree to take up a personal injury case unless they are sure of winning. Therefore, after validating your claim, they will put their terms on the table. Some may ask for representation fees, where you are supposed to pay a certain percentage before they take the case and then pay the rest of the money after it is over. Another option is to take a no-win/no-pay claim. This means that you are not obligated to pay any money unless you win the claim. In this scenario, you should agree beforehand how much you should pay the lawyer and then put it in writing and have both parties sign the agreement.

Other than the current documents, your lawyer will also look into future expenses you may incur because of the sustained injuries. Also, you may require a psychological report detailing if you have post-traumatic stress disorder. An insurance assessment report may be required to give a clearer picture of the destruction of property or amount of material loss suffered. 

Who Is the Claim Made To?

This will depend on the type of personal injuries you suffered. Is the party who caused the accident insured? If they are, your claim should be to their insurance company, but when they are not, it is made to them directly. Also, the amount to be paid as compensation depends on the at-fault's financial ability. Note that you may need to prove without reasonable doubt that you did everything possible to avoid the accident even when you were not at fault.