When Should I Call a Professional? When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney
There are some things you can learn from videos from the Internet: how to bake funeral potatoes or how to make a sugar cube replica of the Salt Lake Temple. There are other things you think you can learn from videos on the Internet but you shouldn’t: how to land Olympic ski jumps or how to negotiate a complex personal injury claim.
It can seem hard to know when you need a lawyer for your claim, but initial consultations with The Advocates are always free. The attorneys here have years of experience negotiating claims and should be able to tell you if you have a case, what your case may be worth, and whether or not you need professional help.
Even without a consultation some case absolutely needs professional guidance.
1. You need an attorney if you have been seriously injured in an accident.
Simple auto accidents with no injuries except damage to the vehicles involved can usually be taken care of by yourself by calling your insurance company and filing a claim.
However, if you have been injured it can be hard to know how much money your claim is worth. An attorney may know about how much your claim is worth when can first meet. Attorneys also have experience working with insurance companies, and they will not let the insurance company hush you up with a low-ball offer. An attorney can also help you find medical treatment and adjust to living with injuries.
2. You need an attorney if you are dealing with a government agency or a large corporation.
Certain entities are exceptionally difficult to deal with. Government agencies, in particular, cause complications because government entities are subject to specific court rules making them hard to sue and serve with paperwork. They also can be subject to statutory protections from liability. An attorney can navigate the legal minefield better than you can because an attorney is trained and experienced interpreting the law. Your attorney has also most likely seen something like your case before. That experience can help you avoid costly mistakes.
Large corporations, such as retail store chains, can have an army of lawyers advocating for their interests, and they can drown you with paperwork and legal jargon. It can seem impossible to fight against that army on your own. If you hire an attorney your attorney can advocate for your interests for you without being intimidated by the big company making sure you get a fair settlement.