Common Question: “Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?”
Following a severe accident, you may be asking yourself “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?” Of course, only you can answer this important question, we encourage you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to learn more about your potential legals options.
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?Personal injury cases are complex.
Strict deadlines must be met, evidence gathered, expert witnesses retained and paperwork filed in order to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Moreover, no two personal injury cases are the same. Each differs based on type of accident, seriousness of injury, and compensation that is being sought.
One thing that most personal injury cases have in common though is amount of time invested into the case. Some cases can be settled very quickly -but this is unfortunately the exception, not the rule.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will handle all of the details and deadlines for you so that you can focus on what matters most: your recovery.
Choosing the Right Personal Injury LawyerChoosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case can be difficult.
It's important to find the right fit for your needs. Beginning a legal claim may seem like long and expensive process. However, once you better understand the process and find an experienced lawyer who meets your needs, the results could be very rewarding.
The Attorney Client RelationshipCommunication is key.
When you make the important decision that you need a personal injury lawyer there are a few things to note. Never be afraid to ask your lawyer any questions regarding the status of your case. Additionally, it is imperative to stay in contact with your attorney and be available to answer all calls and emails. An unresponsive client will only delay the legal process.
The Extent of Your InjuriesOne of the first steps an experienced personal injury lawyer will take is to fully assess your injury.
It is impossible to know the long term effects of your injury immediately following an accident. It can take up to a year after a patient has stabilized for a doctor to understand the real impact. It is best to take time to realize the seriousness of your injury so you can seek appropriate and comprehensive compensation for your pain and suffering.
The Personal Injury Legal ProcessThe personal injury claim process is complicated and includes five common stages:
Discovery - Where each party involved in the case exchanges facts and produces necessary documents and witnesses.
Depositions - When the victim and all parties related to the claim are asked questions under oath.
Motions - Written requests to the court during the litigation process, i.e. motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment.
Settlement - Period when involved parties go over evidence and issues to reach a compensation agreement out of court.
Trial - If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, your case will go to trial, where it will be considered by a jury.
Settlement vs. TrialAt McDonald Law Firm, we are true trial lawyers. We prepare each and every case as if we are going to trial. With this in mind, it is still always best to take your time during personal injury cases and not rush to reach a settlement or present your case in court. An experienced personal injury lawyer will weigh the pros and cons with you when the time comes to decide whether you will accept a settlement or go to trial.