If you suffered injuries in an accident in South Florida, you might wonder what steps you should take to recover compensation from the person who harmed you. Whether the injury is the result of a car crash, slip and fall, defective product, or another type of incident, you might have the ability to collect damages.
Perhaps you already received an offer from an insurance adjuster but did not know whether you should take the settlement. Before you make a serious decision, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Below are six reasons why you should not hesitate to speak to an attorney.
If you have questions about your claim, contact Loshak Leach, LLP, to discuss your case with a dedicated South Florida personal injury lawyer.
If you are wavering on whether to reach out to a lawyer, remember that when it comes to personal injury claims, your attorney will likely charge a contingency fee. Essentially, you will only pay your lawyer if you recover damages. If you do not reach a settlement or lose at trial, you do not pay legal fees.
There will be no upfront fees for consulting with an attorney. If fear of the legal fees is causing your fear of contacting a lawyer, you can put those worries to rest.
Suffering a severe injury can be emotionally devastating. You might be angry, frustrated, and desperate to hold someone accountable for the harm that they caused. However, your best approach to seeking compensation will be measured and rational. Hiring a lawyer means that you have someone working on your side who can provide you with practical advice and counsel about your claim. While your claim is personal, the legal process will be technical and professional. Your lawyer will understand how to work in this system.
Experienced personal injury lawyers have seen the way that claims play out in the court system. Your lawyer will have questions for you and will be able to get a sense of the value of your claim. Unlike insurance adjusters and defense lawyers, your attorney will not be motivated to undervalue your claim. Your attorney should provide an honest assessment, which will serve as guidance during any settlement negotiations.
Pursuing a legal claim will mean investigating the accident and the defendant. Your lawyer will have to gather evidence, reports and speak to witnesses. Experienced lawyers will know how to initiate and carry out this process.
You may also need to find an expert witness who can help build your case strategy or illustrate the extent of your injuries. For instance, if you suffered a traumatic brain injury, the damage might not be apparent externally, and only those close to you might see the impact of the injury. A medical expert might prove instrumental in convincing the court that you genuinely suffered devastating harm because of the incident.
Insurance companies often offer low settlements to try to get rid of claims. Once you hire a lawyer, your attorney will take over the negotiations with these companies. Insurers will get the message that you are not going to accept an unfair offer and that they will need to take your case seriously. Your lawyer will have experience working towards a settlement with insurers and know the tactics these companies use to limit their liability.
Your lawyer will also know how to handle other attorneys working for opposing counsel. If you are not familiar with the legal system, this can be a complicated and intimidating process. An attorney will work to get the most out of your claim.
Lawsuits will involve a great deal of technical procedures and processes. Proving your case will mean demonstrating that the defendant behaved negligently and showing the nature and extent of your injuries. There are rules for how to gather information, how to collect witness statements, and how to present the information before the court. If you are not familiar with the system, the process will be challenging and confusing. Your lawyer will know what steps to take at each phase of the litigation.
Following a serious injury, you might be struggling with complicated emotions, physical injuries, and financial struggles relate to your medical bills and lost time at work. You will likely have questions about how to pursue a claim for damages.
You should not go through this process on your own. Call Loshak Leach, LLP today at (954) 334-1122 to learn more about how our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you seek the best possible outcome for your claim.