Every person has the right to file a claim for compensation for any injuries that occur due to thoughtless or reckless actions. Compensation can serve to cover the costs of medical bills and other expenses that arise from a personal injury case. You can either choose to settle the case without needing a lawsuit, such as taking action against the individual’s insurance company (as in a car accident claim), or you can go the legal route and file a lawsuit to bring the case to court.
Can I Handle My Injury Case on My Own?
Some personal injury matters may be a cut and dry case, or relatively minor, and thus you would not need an attorney. Remember, though, that when you have legal counsel, your attorney can evaluate the full potential of your claim, and exhaust every possible resource for collecting compensation.
Even if you believe that your injuries were minor, keep in mind that the extent of some injuries might not reveal themselves until later on down the line. You do not want to accept a lower settlement first, only to find that you will need additional treatment that costs more than what the offer you had agreed upon. Furthermore, it can be difficult to argue pain and suffering damages on your behalf.
Lastly, insurance companies are ruthless when it comes to paying out on settlements. They use many tactics to prevent a claimant from receiving the maximum payout on a claim, including deflecting liability and even outright denying their insured’s responsibility in the matter. Insurance companies will often overrun individuals making a claim against them, but will be more apt to take them more seriously. That is one of the largest reasons why having an attorney is so important.