Q: What do personal injury lawyers do?
A personal injury lawyer is a legal professional who represents people who suffered physical, psychological, or financial injuries due to another party’s negligent or intentional act. This means if you suffered injuries in a slip and fall, car accident, truck accident, dog bite, or other incident, you may need the help of a personal injury attorney to help you analyze your legal options, file your claim, and collect compensation for your damages.
Many people wonder exactly what personal injury lawyers do. We have the answers you are looking for.
What do personal injury lawyers do?
Many people have questions about their legal rights after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence. This is where a personal injury lawyer can make all the difference. Personal injury attorneys:
Protect Your Legal Rights
Too many personal injury victims make the mistake of trusting the insurance company after an incident. Make no mistake about it — the insurance company is not on your side, regardless of whether it is your own insurer or the other party’s.
Like most other companies, insurers worry primarily about their own bottom line and want to pay out as little as possible for every claim. Some even resort to trying to trick injured parties into admitting they played a role in their own injuries or using other methods to reduce the compensation injured parties deserve.
With a knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side, you can avoid these traps. We handle all communication between our clients and the insurance company, and protect your right to full compensation during every interaction.
Help You Pay Bills Before You Receive Your Settlement
One of the most common worries an injury victim has is “how am I going to pay my bills until I get my settlement?” In many cases, we are able to help our clients figure this out. Many can cover medical bills with their health insurance, and we may be able to identify other ways to help you out until you get the compensation you need.
We can also see if your doctors will agree to a payment plan until you are able to pay in full.
Build a Strong Case Proving Negligence
Personal injury cases hinge on proving negligence, and strong evidence must support your claim to get the maximum payout you deserve. The process to collect this evidence, though, can be slow and sometimes stressful. You also have to know where to look for documentation, and how to obtain it. Our staff can identify and procure the right types of evidence to prove your claim. Often, this includes:
- Witness statements
- Police reports and other official documents
- Pictures or videos of the accident or aftermath
- Your medical records
- Your medical bills and other related records
Uncover Hidden Damages and Estimate Your Losses
We find many people vastly underestimate the value of their losses after an Atlanta personal injury accident. We encourage everyone to discuss the value of their claim with a personal injury attorney to ensure they are not leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Using bills and other documentation, medical records, and a review of similar cases, we estimate the losses our clients suffered and ensure we include all possible contingencies for future care.
Negotiate a Fair Settlement on Your Behalf or Take Legal Action
Once we understand the full value of your claim, we can request compensation from the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. We can help you avoid tricks the insurer may play at this stage of the game — most importantly agreeing to a settlement that does not meet your needs. In most cases, we can settle a claim at this stage and help our clients avoid court.
In some cases, the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement. When this occurs, it may be necessary to demand arbitration (if required) or file a personal injury lawsuit.
Save You Time, Money, and a Lot of Stress
Many people think only about the price of a personal injury lawyer instead of the benefits. Having a legal professional on your side not only saves you time and reduces stress, it can actually save you money.
Instead of accepting a too-low settlement or attempting to navigate the complex (and often expensive) process of filing a lawsuit, you can hire a personal injury attorney who knows what to expect and how to navigate the system. And because most work on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing until you receive a settlement or award in your case.To learn more about how a personal injury lawyer can help you after an Atlanta or Peachtree City accident caused by the carelessness or intentional action of another, call 404-474-0804 today. At the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C., we can offer you advice, support and legal representation, and recover the compensation you deserve.