Although hiring a lawyer after a personal injury accident is not a requirement of the injured victim, there are certain definite benefits of having one represent you right from the start. Because there is so much to do and think about—from documenting important information to meeting specific deadlines and more—getting an attorney to handle all the little details is the best possible chance for receiving the most money back for your damages.
Here are a few reasons why you should hire a lawyer right away:
There are very important deadlines you have to meet in order to be eligible for compensation.
For example, in the state of Florida (as well as other select states), it’s required that every vehicle owner and driver has $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (or “PIP”) insurance coverage. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, up to 80% of your medical bills will be covered by automobile insurance carriers (up to a max of $10,000) only if you seek medical treatment within 14 days and your injuries can be classified as an emergency medical condition. Otherwise, you will not be eligible for receiving any money for your damages. This is just one of many important deadlines that must be met in order to get you the recoveries you deserve. Read more about the deadlines associated with personal injury cases now.
Insurance companies try to pay out the least amount of money possible after an accident.
It’s important to remember that your best interest is not typically what insurance companies have in mind after you’ve been involved in a personal injury, especially for the defendant’s insurance company who will be responsible for paying for your damages. Because these companies want to pay out the least amount possible, they try to offer the injured person(s) a seemingly high settlement check in order to avoid taking the case to court and having to pay out much more over time. A skilled attorney can represent your case appropriately so you can get the most back for your damages.
Attorneys can help get you compensation for general damages that are generally more difficult to prove.
If the accident you were involved in caused you any mental or emotional suffering, it can be hard to fight for compensation for those things because they typically don’t have an exact dollar amount associated with them and are relatively subjective. Examples might include general pain and suffering, emotional distress, the inability to bear children, loss of consortium, loss of a body part, etc.—all of which are difficult to attach a dollar amount to.
Experienced attorneys know the right people to talk to in order to get your case handled quickly.
Many experienced personal injury firms, like The Law Firm of Cohen & Cohen, have developed relationships with key members of the community who are often involved in personal injury cases, such as other lawyers, judges, mediators, etc. Because of these well-developed relationships, our team can get the ball rolling quickly and effectively for your case. This is especially important for those considering handling their cases on their own, as the process can often take an exceptionally long time without the help of an attorney.
You need time to focus on you.
Unfortunately, when a personal injury comes about, there isn’t much time for you to take for yourself to focus on healing on an emotional and psychological level. These situations are often very traumatic, and you need to be able to dedicate the time necessary for getting back to a state of normalcy (or as close to it as possible). Hiring a lawyer can allow you to deal with your well-being, while he/she handles all the legal aspects that need to be addressed right away.
So if you’re going to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent your case, don’t delay. With pressing deadlines for getting medical treatment, time-sensitive materials to collect, and so much more, you can only set yourself up for success having an experienced attorney on your side. Learn more about how The Law Firm of Cohen & Cohen can help you with your case today by contacting us online or calling 1-800-33-COHEN.