No matter the extent of your injury, you should always contact a personal injury lawyer when you’re injured due to the negligence of another person. Some lawyers offer a free case review and they can help look over your case to see if a lawyer is necessary for your situation. It is better to contact a lawyer and not need them than attempting to fight the case yourself and losing lots of money along the way.
A personal injury lawyer will help guide you along the process of fighting your case and make sure that you get the proper amount of compensation that will pay for medical bills, rehab, loss of income, etc.
Is a Personal Injury Lawyer Really Necessary?
You’re not legally required to hire a lawyer to handle your case. You could file all the paperwork yourself and present it to the court, but your chances of winning a case where you represent yourself against an experienced lawyer on the defense are very slim to none.
If the injury case is serious enough, you will probably need to bring in witnesses, sort through loads of documents, and present evidence to the court in order to win your case. However, those are all items that can be handled by an experienced lawyer who knows exactly what to look for. There are a lot of rules to follow in the courtroom and if you don’t follow them exactly, your case could be thrown out and you’ll have no chance at getting the compensation you deserve. Hiring a personal injury attorney is the best way to leverage your case and negotiate a proper settlement.
When it comes to insurance companies, their end goal in regards to fighting a personal injury claim is always the same – to pay out the least amount of money. Because of the fact that insurance companies deal with injury claims on a daily basis and have lots of experience fighting them, it is incredibly difficult to face those entities without a lawyer and come out with any money at all.
When you hire a lawyer, they will be able to be on a level playing field because they are dealing with injury claims daily as well. They can help with negotiating settlements, taking your case to trial, and fighting for what you deserve.
What Does A Typical Case Look Like?
Every personal injury case is different but they all go through similar steps. The first step in the process is hiring a lawyer. At Friedman Law Offices, all of our lawyers specialize in personal injury litigation and have decades of combined experience.
The first step your lawyer will take with you is looking over your case to see if there is a claim to be filed. After a case can be made, your lawyer will look over your case personally and listen to your needs. They will calculate all your losses and document that so it can be presented to the court later. It is very important to have the proper paperwork filed with the state and insurance companies so after collecting all the necessary information from you, your lawyer will contact the appropriate companies and file all the paperwork.
Evidence can tremendously help when fighting a personal injury case because it proves that someone else’s actions harmed you. This could come in the form of video surveillance, traffic cameras, bystander video, or written statements from witnesses. Along with written statements, your lawyer will also interview witnesses who are willing to speak to them. Having a witness interview can drastically increase your chances of winning your case.
Eventually, the insurance company and/or state will offer a settlement and your lawyer will look at the offers that come in and consult with you and then act in your best interest.
What Questions Should You Ask?
There are a plethora of personal injury lawyers across the United States, but it is important to find the one that is best for you. Here are some questions you can ask to see if they are the right fit for your case.
- How long have you been practicing personal injury?
- Do you currently have a lot of cases on your plate?
- Will you be my day to day contact if I need to speak with someone regarding my case?
- What bar organizations do you belong to?
- Other than a law degree, do you have any other specialized training?
- What is your approach to winning a case?
Obviously,you don’t need to ask every question on this list, but asking a few of these will help you determine if this lawyer is right for you.
Contact Friedman Law Office
If you want experienced lawyers who you can trust, contact our office. We have some of the best lawyers in the state of Nebraska and our goal is to help you get the compensation that you deserve. We will walk through every step with you and explain how it can affect your case.
For more information or to schedule your free case review with Friedman Law Offices, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, please call 866.458.8364