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Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?


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12/23/2015
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If you have been injured in an accident, hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you obtain a fair settlement from an insurance company. Without the help of a lawyer, you risk being taken advantage of by a large corporation looking to provide less compensation than you deserve, or nothing at all.  Here are three reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with your case:

Fair Representation

Insurance companies know that without a lawyer, it is difficult for you to access your legal rights even if you understand them.  You will suffer from an imbalance in power in favour of an insurance company armed with lawyers, vast resources, and experience in negotiating against accident victims.  With a lawyer in your corner, an insurance company will know that you have a professional on your side that can bring matters to court in the event of unfair treatment.  Hiring a lawyer gives you “teeth” in a legal dispute.

Knowledge

Of course, a personal injury lawyer will have knowledge of the law and the courts, allowing you to understand every remedy available to you and to pursue those remedies.  It is also important to hire a personal injury lawyer so that you can more accurately determine what your case is worth.  A lawyer will be able to assess your injuries and their impact on your life, then use their knowledge and experience to value your file.  Without a lawyer’s help, you risk settling your claim for far less than its true value. 

A personal injury lawyer can even assist you with some of the non-legal elements of your case.  Through their use of corporate, business name, property, and license searches, a lawyer can identify all of the defendants that caused you harm.  They also know how to obtain police records and, if necessary, retain private investigators to find those responsible for your injuries.   

Although the internet is a wonderful resource, it is often difficult to determine whether information was created by a reliable publisher within your jurisdiction.  Further, laws frequently change, meaning that what you read might be outdated.  Last, each case is unique.  Your case likely does not fit within the narrow categories discussed in online articles.  You might be missing key steps in your lawsuit, or missing out on compensation, due to the special circumstances of your case.  A personal injury lawyer is experienced in maximizing your compensation by ensuring that all of your losses are claimed and proven.  For this reason, it is advisable to hire a personal injury lawyer that specializes in personal injury claims and has extensive experience representing injured people.

Negotiation Skills

Having knowledge of personal injury law is imperative to receiving fair compensation from an insurance company.  Insurance companies can profit by under compensating injured people and many companies will offer a lower settlement to individuals who choose not to hire a personal injury lawyer.  With a lawyer negotiating on your behalf, you can be confident that a professional is presenting your case in the best possible light and assertively advocating for your best interests.  An experienced negotiator understands when a settlement offer is fair, and when to proceed further using the courts.  In sum, a lawyer will typically secure more compensation for your injuries. 

If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of another, please seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. The lawyers of Katzman Wylupek LLP have been representing injured and disabled people for more than 20 years.  Call us at 519-254-HURT or use our web application to schedule a free consultation with us.  Let us work for you!



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