If you’re trying to win a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, expect to run into some problems along the way if you’re trying to secure an award on your own. Injury law is extremely complex, especially because there is so much money and liability on the line, so you really need to know what you’re doing if you want to maximize your award amount, let alone win an award at all. Below, we take a look at five difficult aspects of your case that will be much easier to manage if you have a lawyer by your side.
When You’ll Want A Lawyer During An Injury Case
Here’s a look at five problems that can be avoided by outsourcing your injury case to a lawyer.
1. Confusing Forms – Do you have a copy of your FROI, the police report, and have you ensured that all involved parties have copies of each and are informed of your intent to move forward with a lawsuit? If you don’t fill out a form correctly or you miss a form, it can severely delay your injury case, or in the worst case it can actually render your claim invalid and leave you without compensation.
2. Deadlines – Do you know how many days you have to inform the city that you plan to file an injury lawsuit against them for injuries you suffered on a public walkway? Do you know how long you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit against an employer? How long can you wait before you can no longer appeal a decision? You probably don’t know these deadlines, and while you could try to hunt them down on the internet or our site, you can just trust your case to us and let us ensure all deadlines are met well in advance.
3. Insurance Tricks – Insurance is an extremely profitable industry, and it didn’t get this way by accident. Insurance companies and their employees try to minimize their liability and in turn how much money they pay out to claimants. They’ve been doing it for hundreds of years, and they know how to try to limit their liability with your case. Don’t fall for their tricks or say something that hurts your case because they interpreted something you said in a different manner. Let an attorney contact the insurance company or help prep you for how they’ll try to get you to say things that could hurt your case during a phone conversation.
4. Valuations – Similar to the question about deadlines, how much do you know about determining the worth of an injury case. How much is partial paralysis of your thumb worth? Complete deafness? What if your injury impacts your long-term earnings potential? Don’t accept a low offer from the insurance company simply because you have no experience looking at all the factors and determining the true value of your claim
5. Arguing In Court – Finally, if your case is going to head before a judge, are you confident that you’ll be able to make a strong argument that counters everything the other side will say? Know that the insurance company will have lawyers on their side, so you’ll be going up against a group of professionals. Are you absolutely certain you want to take that on by yourself? Instead, reach out to a lawyer and let them use their experience to your advantage.
If you’d like to avoid these five problems by contacting an injury lawyer, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm today.
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