Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

You’re going about your typical day when suddenly, the unthinkable happens — you’re involved in an accident.

In the blink of an eye, your life turns upside down. You’re left injured, facing mounting medical bills, unable to work, and wondering how you’ll support yourself and your family. The physical, emotional, and financial aftermath of an unexpected injury can be overwhelming.

Amid this chaos, you face a crucial decision: Is it worth hiring a personal injury attorney to help with your case, or should you try to handle things on your own?

It’s a question that many accident victims grapple with, and the answer can have a profound impact on the outcome of your case and your future.

On one hand, taking on the legal system and insurance companies by yourself may seem like a way to save money on attorneys’ fees. You may anticipate a straightforward process, especially if the other party is clearly at fault. However, personal injury cases are rarely simple, and going it alone can be a costly mistake.

Insurance companies are not on your side, even your own insurer. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible on claims to protect their profits.

You’re at a significant disadvantage without an experienced advocate fighting for your rights. You may feel pressure to accept a settlement for far less than you need and deserve to cover your losses.

On the other hand, having a skilled personal injury attorney in your corner can make all the difference in the success of your claim.

An experienced lawyer can thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, handle all dealings with the insurance companies, and fight to get you the maximum compensation possible.

Studies show that, on average, injury victims who hire an attorney recover three times more than those who try to settle on their own, even after accounting for attorneys’ fees.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t try to take on the legal system alone. Keep reading to learn more about how hiring a personal injury lawyer can benefit your case and help you secure the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

The Severity of Your Injuries

One of the most important things to consider is the extent and severity of your injuries.

If you suffered relatively minor injuries that required little medical treatment and missed no or minimal time from work, you may think It’s best to handle the insurance claim process on your own. The insurance adjuster may offer you a settlement to cover your medical bills and perhaps a small amount for pain and suffering.

Still, without a legal background, you may not know all the damages you can claim and whether the insurance company is short-changing you.

If you sustained more serious injuries that required significant medical care, resulted in high medical bills, and caused you to miss extended time from work, retain the services of a legal professional. Insurance companies are in business to pay out as little as possible.

Without an experienced attorney advocating for your interests, you may get pressured into accepting a lowball offer that doesn’t fully account for your losses. The more severe your injuries, the more you have at stake, and the more you would benefit from skilled legal counsel.

Proving Liability

Another factor is the complexity of your case in terms of proving that the other party was at fault. In some personal injury cases, like a rear-end car accident, liability may appear clear-cut. However, in others, the other party may dispute fault. Examples could include slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice cases, or multi-vehicle collisions.

An attorney can thoroughly investigate the facts, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case on your behalf. You must prove liability to recover compensation.

A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will know what it takes to demonstrate the other party’s negligence and liability for your damages.

Dealing With the Insurance Company  

Dealing With the Insurance Company

Make no mistake, insurance companies are not on your side, even your own insurer. Their primary goal is protecting their bottom line. Insurance adjusters are trained to try to minimize payouts on claims.

They may seem friendly and cooperative at first, but their job is to settle claims for as little as possible.

Without legal representation, you put yourself at a considerable disadvantage against a large insurance company with vast resources and teams of attorneys.

An experienced personal injury lawyer evens the playing field. Your attorney will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance companies, so you don’t have to.

Your lawyer will advocate strongly for your interests and work to get you the maximum compensation possible. Studies have shown that, on average, injury victims who hire an attorney recover three times more compensation than those who try to settle on their own, even after accounting for attorneys’ fees.

The Extent of Your Damages

The Extent of Your Damages

The amount of compensation you need and deserve will depend on the full extent of your damages — economic and non-economic.

Economic damages are objective, quantifiable losses like:

  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost income from missing work
  • Property damage
  • Future diminished earning capacity
  • Ongoing care and assistance costs

Non-economic damages are more subjective losses that don’t have a specific dollar value, such as:

Properly calculating the value of a personal injury case is complicated. It requires anticipating potential future damages in addition to accounting for all losses incurred so far.

Arriving at an accurate valuation requires knowledge of the applicable laws, previous case outcomes, and jury awards. Without an attorney, you would rely solely on the insurance company’s assessment of what your case is worth, which is probably far less than you deserve.

Taking the Case to Trial

Taking the Case to Trial

Most personal injury cases settle out of court. However, you may need to take the case to trial if the insurance company disputes liability or refuses to make a fair settlement offer.

Going up against a team of lawyers in court  without a lawyer presents a huge challenge. You need an experienced litigator fighting for you who knows court procedures and how to persuasively present your case to a judge and jury.

While most injury attorneys aim to reach a fair settlement first, you want a lawyer with trial experience who will fully prepare to take your case to court if needed. Just having an attorney who is ready and willing to go to trial strengthens your bargaining position and makes it more likely that you’ll receive a favorable settlement offer.

Legal Fees

Many people hesitate to hire an attorney because they worry about the cost. However, most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning their fee is a percentage of the settlement or verdict they obtain for you. You pay no upfront or out-of-pocket legal fees. If your attorney doesn’t win compensation for you, you pay them nothing.

Contingency fees align your lawyer’s interests with yours and motivate them to recover the maximum amount possible for you. Typical contingency fees range from 33-40% but may vary depending on the specifics of your case.

Always discuss fee arrangements with any attorney you’re considering hiring. Also, find out if you would be responsible for paying case expenses like filing fees, expert witness fees, etc., if you lose the case or if those would come out of your settlement.

Experience Handling Your Type of Case

Personal injury is a broad practice area that encompasses many different kinds of cases and injuries.

Some common examples include:

You want an attorney with specific experience who can successfully handle your case. Medical malpractice cases, for example, are very different from car accident claims. Look for a lawyer who works in the practice area relevant to your situation and has a track record of success in similar cases to yours.

An Advocate in Your Corner

Dealing with a serious injury is stressful enough without also trying to take on the legal system by yourself. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney puts a knowledgeable legal professional and advocate in your corner. Your lawyer will handle the many complexities and details of your case so you can focus on recovery and moving forward with your life.

While you may interact with paralegals and legal assistants at the law firm, you should expect to be able to speak directly with your attorney when needed. Look for a lawyer who will give your case the time and attention it deserves and keep you informed and up-to-date throughout the process.

It’s important that you feel comfortable with and have confidence in the attorney you hire. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in your initial consultation.

An experienced, reputable lawyer should be happy to thoroughly answer your questions and explain how they would approach your case. You want to find an attorney you can trust who makes you feel confident about the path forward.

Free Case Evaluations

Most personal injury law firms, including ours, offer free initial consultations to review your case and discuss your legal options. Speaking with an attorney gives you a clearer picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, the compensation you may be entitled to, and the best way to proceed.

Getting an assessment from a knowledgeable lawyer is the best way to make an informed decision about whether hiring an attorney is in your best interests.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney from Rothenberg Law Firm LLP Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Rothenberg Law Firm LLP are here to help you.

With over 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to take on even the most complex cases and win.

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll an unexpected injury can take on you and your family. That’s why we’re committed to providing compassionate, personalized representation to each and every one of our clients. When you work with our firm, you’ll have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner, fighting tirelessly to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

Our attorneys have a proven track record of success, having won and recovered billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’re not afraid to take on big insurance companies and powerful defendants and corporations to ensure that justice is served. Whether your case can be resolved through negotiation or requires going to trial, we have the experience and determination to see your case through to a successful conclusion.

We offer free, no-obligation consultations to all potential clients. During your initial case review, we’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide an honest assessment of your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t owe us a dime unless and until we win your case. There’s no risk or upfront cost to speak with our attorneys and find out how we can help.

If another’s negligence has harmed you or a family member, contact us today at (800) 624-8888 or through our online form for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

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