When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Young female bicyclist fallen down on street with serious injuries after traffic accident with the 4x4 car of a young man. OlsenDaines serving Oregon & Washington talks about when to hire a personal injury lawyer.

Personal injury claims are civil, non-criminal cases that cover a wide variety of possible situations. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, hit by a driver, or fell at the store, you can file a personal injury claim.

Although there are some situations when you can handle a claim through Small Claims Court or through the other party’s insurance, in most situations you’ll want the expertise of someone who understands the legal system, especially if you’ve been seriously injured.

With that being said, here are some scenarios to help you determine if you need a personal injury lawyer.

You’ve Suffered a Serious Injury

If you were seriously injured in an accident, need long-term care, now have a permanent disability or illness, you definitely need a lawyer. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side could help relieve a lifetime of financial stress and suffering that you would otherwise experience.

Insurance is Denying your Claim

Not only is dealing with insurance companies very demanding and exhausting, but there are also many instances when an insurance company can simply deny your claim. Insurance companies also delay their claims or make the process overly complicated as a tactic hoping the claimant will give up or ask for less. If insurance has denied your claim, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer.

Level the Playing Field

The other party will definitely have their insurance company along with their team of experts on their side, why shouldn’t you? Insurance companies have a lot of money and legal resources, so to help level the playing field, you’ll also want to have your own team of experts.

Medical Malpractice

If you believe you’re a victim of medical malpractice and want to file a claim, you should know time is of the essence. These claims take time and require a lot of legal work. Depending on where you live, there are also some statutes in place that require you to file the claim within a certain time.

Personal Injury Law Firm

Many people are often reluctant to contact an attorney because they’re afraid of expensive legal fees. But this shouldn’t be a concern. Most personal injury lawyers charge their clients on a contingency fee basis. This means they will accept a fixed percentage of the amount recovered. Simply put, they don’t get paid unless you do.

If you or someone close to you has suffered a personal injury and you need help determining your next course of action, contact our office. We understand how helpless and stressed you may be feeling, and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have an entire team of experienced personal injury lawyers ready to dedicate their time and resources to your claim.

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