If you’ve been injured, you know that there are many complex issues with which you must now cope. Insurance companies are likely calling you, medical bills may be arriving in the mail, and you may be unable to return to work. There are many pitfalls at this crucial stage. How do you know that you are taking the right steps? Who do you turn to when you don’t understand what you’re being asked to sign? Who is on your side and looking out for your best interests?
Do I Need an Attorney?
Many injured individuals assume they do not need an attorney because they expect system to protect them. For example, a driver who has been injured in an auto accident may believe the insurance companies they have been paying for years will protect them. Or, an injured worker may look to the workers’ compensation laws in Pennsylvania for help.
Unfortunately, legitimately injured persons are not guaranteed the support and compensation they deserve after a serious injury, and these situations can have long-term consequences on their finances and life. Consider a traffic accident — even if you are a loyal customer to an insurance carrier, there is no assurance the insurance company will act in good faith, evaluate your accident correctly or pay out the maximum possible in your case.
Even if you believe you are covered, it is important to consult with an attorney soon after a serious injury. You can be certain the insurance companies evaluating your claim have attorneys or even entire legal departments on their side. As the person who is actually injured, do you not deserve the same?
Ideally, you will want to speak to an attorney quickly, before you have made any final decisions or signed any documentation. An attorney can apprise you of your situation, rights and the potential value of your case, as well as any legal options you may have. By understanding the full scope of your situation from a legal standpoint and having your questions answered, you will be in a much better position to make an informed decision.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Many individuals underestimate the impact a significant injury or loss will have on their future and finances. You need to consider lost income, medical cost, “minor” expenses such as property replacement and repair, incidental charges such as taxis to appointments and fees you may not have ever considered, such as the price of counseling to deal with the trauma. Keep in mind, too, the amount of time you cannot work could end up being longer than you think, especially if there are any unexpected complications or delays in your healing process.
A permanent injury can cost millions of dollars in needed services and medical care, as well as lost income potential. Even a seemingly “minor” injury, such as a broken arm, can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lost income, medical bills, medical tests, follow-up appointments and other damages.
An attorney can start by reviewing your situation and helping you understand what insurance does and does not cover. They can answer your questions and discuss the options you may have. Attorneys have access to resources that can help them investigate your accident or injury and strengthen your case. They can also advocate for you at the negotiation table and in the courtroom, working to bring you the results you deserve. An attorney works with you during every stage in the process, with the aim of securing the results you need to fully recover.
Prompt Action Is the Key to a Successful Outcome
The best time to retain an attorney is right away. Cases are won or lost on the evidence, and the sooner you can obtain legal advice from an experienced attorney, the more likely you are to avoid the crucial mistakes that the unrepresented may make. A common mistake many people make is accepting an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, which is often much less than the full amount to which they are entitled under the law. The fee is a percentage of the recovery, so it does not cost more, and consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by consulting an experienced attorney.
Contact KBG Injury Law Today
Do not jeopardize your financial future. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent act of another, contact us for your free consultation as soon as possible. We can help you get the results you deserve.