If you have suffered an injury, then you may have found yourself wondering, “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?” In fact, there are some claims that do not require the involvement of a lawyer. Maybe your injury took place in a setting where the fault was clear and the other party did not hesitate to cover your expenses and losses. However, this situation doesn’t represent the majority of cases. If there are any questions regarding the injury or who should be held responsible for damages, then the involvement of a lawyer is one way to help ensure you receive the compensation you are owed.
Right after the accident, you and the other party may have exchanged information. However, in order to gather all of the information that may be necessary to prove your personal injury claim, you can contact a lawyer. He or she will gather specifics such as:
- Evidence of the property damage
- Medical bills and documentation
- Documentation of lost wages
- Insurance information
- Witness accounts
Watch What You Say
The protection of a lawyer will also be important if you have had any communication with the other party. Anything that you say may be used to the advantage of the other side. The insurance adjuster may be looking for ways to prove that you were at fault, or at least to prove that the other parties were not responsible. The sooner you have a lawyer on your team, the better protected you will be.
A Friend on Your Side
Some lawyers are willing to look over any personal injury settlement that has already been offered to you. They can let you know if the settlement looks fair and whether or not you should accept it. If, on the other hand, the insurance adjuster has given a low offer that is not consistent with the injuries that you’ve suffered, then the lawyer can accept the case and provide professional representation throughout the rest of the process. If you have to ask yourself, “Do I need a lawyer?” then a visit with a lawyer can provide you with your answer. To schedule a FREE case consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates, call (770) 467-3372 now.