No one ever expects to be severely injured. So when a serious injury occurs–especially when it’s caused by the negligence of another party–knowing what to do can feel overwhelming and the future may look very bleak. As you think about your options and how to recover compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, you may be wondering whether or not you need to work with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. There is no law that says that you have to hire an attorney; however, doing so is often in a claimant’s best interests. To learn more about why you should hire a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, call our law firm today. In the meantime, refer to the following–
Your Attorney Will Investigate Your Case
After an accident, the investigation that follows is critical, and will no doubt have a big impact on the outcome of your case. But if you are injured to the point where you cannot conduct the investigation on your own, or if you don’t know what you’re looking for or who to talk to, this process can be interrupted and your entire claim could be undermined as a result. When you hire an attorney, on the other hand, your attorney will know what to look for, will have the resources to hire experts and talk to outside professionals, and will dedicate time and energy to uncovering important evidence. This could make or break your case.
An Attorney Can Prove Fault and Liability
Once an attorney has gathered all of the evidence they need to build your claim, they will analyze the evidence in order to make a determination about what caused the accident, who’s at fault for the accident, and therefore who should be held liable for damages. Liability refers to legal responsibility, and is typically based on fault or negligence – the failure to exercise the proper degree of care. Usually, if another driver is found to be at-fault for a crash, then they will be held liable for damages. Typically, damages are paid through the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.
If fault is disputed in your case, having an attorney on your side will be especially important. Disputing fault or denying fault is a common move of insurance companies in order to reduce the amount of money they owe a claimant – don’t fall victim to this trap!
Your Attorney Knows What Your Case Is Worth
While you’re the one experiencing your injuries and damages first hand, you may not know their monetary value. For example, how is something like pain or physical suffering calculated? What about the value of your emotional distress? What’s more, do you know what economic losses you’re eligible to recover – such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage costs? Further, do you know how to calculate the value of your lost wages, benefits, and loss of earning capacity into the future? Your attorney can address all of these unknowns and will work with other experts and professionals, such as finance professionals and medical experts, to determine the value of your claim. Your attorney will then use this value to issue a demand letter and pursue a settlement on your behalf.
You’ll Have an Advocate on Your Side to Negotiate Your Settlement
You can be sure that even if fault is agreed upon and the extent of your damages is very clear the insurance company will low-ball your settlement offer; it is the job of the insurance adjuster to try to save the insurance company money. If this happens, you may be unsure of your rights or what you have to accept. You do not have to accept a first-time settlement offer. Your attorney can reject a settlement offer on your behalf and negotiate for a better one.
Your Attorney Knows the Law, the Claims Process, and How to Litigate When Need Be
Your attorney will also be able to answer your questions and deftly navigate the claims process. If a settlement cannot be reached, your attorney can file a lawsuit and bring your case to court, representing you throughout a trial.
At the law office of Fisher & Talwar, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers truly care about our firm’s clients and provide top-notch, personalized legal representation for our clients who have been seriously injured at another’s hands. If you are injured and need legal help, we are here for you. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis – we don’t get paid if you don’t. To learn more, please call our law firm or send us a message today.