When Should You Hire a Personal Injury AttorneyTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. October 16, 2018
If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident or some other incident and you think someone has been negligent, you may ask yourself whether you should hire a personal injury attorney to assist you with your case. While there may be some minor fender-benders that you can handle on your own through your insurance company, there are situations where the stakes are high, and you’ll want to have a personal injury attorney assist you in the process. So, when should you contact a personal injury attorney?
When You’ve Sustained Serious Injuries
If the injuries you sustained in an accident are serious, you may not only be facing large medical bills but potential complications and long-term consequences. Most insurance companies will measure the severity of your injuries by the dollar amount of your medical bills, and the length of time you need to recover. You should consider consulting an attorney for an injury that results in physical pain for several days or requires some medical care. If your injury necessitated surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, or physical therapy, you should definitely consider having your case evaluated by an attorney.
If your case involves a car accident, it is important to keep in mind that Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning that your injuries are covered by your own insurance. In order to hold an at-fault driver liable for your injuries, they must meet a certain threshold. If you feel your injuries may meet this threshold, then you should definitely consider consulting with an attorney.
When Your Injuries Impact Your Daily Life
If your injuries are severe enough, you may be unable to work and might lose wages while you’re trying to heal. It can be difficult for an insurance company to place a value on your lost wages. Figuring out exactly how injuries can affect your earning potential over time might be a complicated matter. You shouldn’t leave it to the insurance company to crunch these numbers. A personal injury attorney can pursue recovery for things like your lost wages and pain and suffering.
When Determining Who is at Fault is Difficult
Determining who is the party at fault for an accident or another incident can be difficult and complicated to prove in court. Insurance companies may be unwilling to pay your bills if they think that you are the one at fault in an accident. Determining liability can also be complex when there are multiple potential parties involved, as in the case of a truck accident. An experienced attorney might help you find out who is at fault for the accident and help dispute claims that you were the one at fault for your own injuries.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident and believe that someone else may be at fault, you should have your case evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted personal injury lawyers in Tampa at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk or call us 1-800-538-4878 to schedule your free consultation.