Getting answers to these questions will help you feel at ease with the process. Here are a few commonly asked questions about this topic.
How Can an Injury Law Firm Help Me with My Settlement?
If you have been involved in an accident and sustained injuries, you may be wondering whether you should hire a law firm to represent you or not. There are many benefits to hiring a law firm and learning about a few of these benefits can help you make a decision as to whether you should hire an attorney to help you.
One of the ways that an accident attorney can help you is by obtaining all of the evidence you need to win your case. You have to be able to show someone else has some fault in the accident or you are unable to recoup money. A lawyer will help you do this.
Another important factor a lawyer can assist with is filing your paperwork. If the paperwork is not filled out and filed properly, your case could get kicked back. Or worse, if your claim is not filed before the statute of limitations expires, you may lose the right to bring a case against the party who injured you. A lawyer ensures this does not happen to you.
The last way a lawyer can help you get a fair settlement is to properly value your case. It can be challenging to determine how much money is a fair amount of money for your injuries and medical bills. A lawyer is well-versed in doing this and can assist you.
How Much Money Can I Get for My Accident?
Unfortunately, no two cases are exactly the same and what one person is entitled to may be more or less than another person. Generally speaking, you are entitled to money based on the type of injuries you sustained, the amount of your past, present and future medical bills, money for lost wages, money for a decrease in future earning due to the injuries and you may be entitled to money for your pain and suffering. A lawyer can evaluate your case and determine how much you may be entitled to based on a number of factors, including your age, type of injury, how much fault another party had, and how your employment has or will be impacted because of your injuries.
What’s the Difference Between Settling and Going to Trial?
As has been mentioned, a law firm will help you determine what a fair amount is for your injury case. They will then present the other law firm or insurance company with the amount that they feel your case is worth. If the other insurance company or law firm agrees, then you can reach an out of court settlement. If you and the other party don’t agree, the case can go to trial. Unfortunately, there is no way to know ahead of time whether your case will go to trial or not. Always look for a law firm who has the resources to pursue a trial, in case your claim has to go that route.
If you find yourself involved in an accident that someone else is at fault for, your mind may be whirling with questions. Luckily, this is not something you have to face alone. An injury law firm can help you with your entire case and get you a fair accident settlement.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bernard Walsh
Bernard Walsh is firmly committed to community service. He is an active member of the Manatee and Sarasota Sheriff’s Advisory Board, the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and the One Hundred Club for Law Enforcement. His volunteer efforts to help all levels of law enforcement have benefited both private citizens and law enforcement personnel.
The National Trial Lawyers Association has appointed Mr. Walsh as an Executive Committee – Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
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