Some people try to handle personal injury claims with their insurance companies on their own. While generally this is a reasonable course of action, in certain cases it’s not the wisest approach. There are situations in which a skilled personal injury lawyer and the threats he or she can make against the insurance company are more than worth the fee you will have to pay for representation.
So, you could need a lawyer because of the legal complexities of your claim or because your injuries are so severe that it could lead to the compensation you are entitled to being far different from the average payment the insurer usually makes. And, of course, you might need a lawyer if the insurance company simply doesn’t want to settle. In the following situations, you likely need the assistance of a lawyer:
Injuries Leading to Permanent Disablement or Having a Long-Term Effect
Some injuries could have a significantly negative impact on your physical abilities or appearance for an extended period of time—usually considered to be more than a year—or could cause these problems on a permanent basis. Determining how much compensation you are entitled to in such a situation is a complex matter which will generally require help from a lawyer experienced in personal injury claims to make sure you fully capitalize on the circumstances that unfolded.
The Severity of Your Injuries
The amount of money you attain after an accident is generally dictated by the severity of your injuries, which are determined by how much you have to pay in medical costs, the types of injuries you suffered and how long the recovery period is. The more money you are entitled to, the wider the compensation scale is, which means that you should hire a lawyer to ensure that you are awarded damages towards the higher end of the scale.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, meaning that you suffered injuries or became ill because your treatment was careless, incompetent or unprofessional by any medical provider, whether it was your doctor or the lab running your tests, the medical and legal issues are generally quite complicated. For this reason, it’s generally a prudent and appropriate idea to retain the services of a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice suits.
Being Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
With so many chemicals being used in our world nowadays, falling ill due to exposure to something toxic isn’t that unusual. However, it’s hard to prove your issues are caused by contaminants in the air, soil or water. Such situations generally involve lots of scientific data and going up against large, powerful companies which are used to covering themselves for such situations. So, if you want to stand any chance at all of wining such a lawsuit, you are going to need the assistance of a highly experienced lawyer.
These are just a few of the situations in which it would be wise to contract the services of an experienced lawyer. The more complex your case is, the wiser it is to have a lawyer representing you to ensure you receive the highest level of compensation possible.
Makarem & Associates has plenty of dedicated and marvelous attorneys who have dealt with the most complex personal injury cases successfully. Give us a call at 310.312.0299 or email us at [email protected] so we can review your case and help you plan the best course of action.