Frequently Asked Questions - Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
After an auto accident or a slip and fall, you may have several questions and find yourself searching the internet for answers. The internet is full of answers, some not as accurate as others. You may also find yourself discussing your claim with a friend or family member who may have their own input, which again may not be accurate information. Each personal injury claim is unique and some are more complicated than others. This is the number one reason why you should never rely on the information from someone who is not an expert in the personal injury field. Family members and friends like to help but their situation may have been greatly different than yours so what happened with their claim may not be applicable for yours. The only way to really know how to move forward with your claim is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can discuss your claim and your situation to see what the best plan of action would be.
An experienced personal injury attorney has spent numerous years in school and in the real word practicing personal injury claim. If anyone is going to know how to best advance your claim against the insurance company, it is going to be someone who does this type of law all day every day. When searching for a personal injury attorney to represent you for an accident claim, it is always a good idea to hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury only. Some attorneys practice an array of different legal cases, whether it be family law, criminal, probate, some do it all. When it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim, the best attorney to hire is someone who specializes in only personal injury claims. By focusing all of their time on personal injury claims, the attorney is typically much more versed in the personal injury laws and know exactly what to do to obtain the best settlement offer for you while making sure all of your injuries are addressed. If you hire an attorney who is a jack of all trades, their main focus may not be in the personal injury world which can have its downside being that they have not spent enough of their time really practicing personal injury claims and you could be missing out on some important benefits or rights that even the attorney was not aware of. An experienced personal injury attorney will usually only take personal injury claims and will have a full staff of paralegals and legal assistants at their side to assist them in pursuing your claim.
Hiring a personal injury attorney can be daunting as there are so many attorneys advertising their services on television, billboards and online. How do you know you have hired the right attorney for your needs? An professional attorney will be compassionate towards your needs and will always take time out of their day to speak with you regarding any questions or concerns you have. If you call an attorneys office and you are asked to leave a message and have someone call you back or they do not answer the phone, this is a pretty good indication of how you will be treated throughout your case. If you speak with someone immediately and they take the time to listen to you and answer any questions you may have, they will likely be a great attorney to have on your side moving forward. You can also find much information on your potential attorney by visiting the Florida Bar website. This will inform you of how long your attorney has been practicing law, what their main expertise are and what their background and education is.
After you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you with your claim, you will be set up with a medical physician if you do not already have one. Attorneys work with an army of medical professionals who are ready to treat you for any injuries you may have sustained. It is especially a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney if you do not have your own personal injury protection source. There are a slue of reasons why you may be denied personal injury protection benefits from your insurance carrier, or you may just not have an insurance policy available to you at the time of your accident, or you may have been involved in a slip and fall claim with no health insurance available. If this is the case, your attorney will be able to set up medical treatment with a physician who will be willing to treat your injuries without being paid up front. Your attorney will sign a contract with your physician stating that your attorney will pay the physician their balance out of any settlement proceeds you may obtain. This is an extremely hand resource that usually only an attorney can provide you with. If your injuries are severe enough that you are required to undergo surgery, your attorney will likely be able to obtain your surgery in the same manner and pay any outstanding balances out of your settlement proceeds. This makes it easier for you to obtain the treatment you need without having to pay out your life savings up front towards your treatment.
By hiring a personal injury attorney, you can rest assured that they will do all they can to obtain the best settlement offer for you. If your attorney believes you are entitled to more compensation than what is being offered, they have the resources and funds to file a lawsuit against the insurance company on your behalf. Know up front that an attorney will never suggest you file a lawsuit if they do not believe you will win or will be able to obtain more money than what is currently being offered. This is an excellent reason in itself to be represented by a personal injury attorney after an accident as it is much more difficult for the average person to bring a lawsuit against a huge insurance company.