Being involved in an accident resulting in a personal injury can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Not only the physical injuries but emotional and financial damage can last a lifetime. Serious personal injuries often leave the victim with years of treatment and recovery. Personal injury victims and their families struggle to cope with the devastating effects of personal injury accidents and it is important to know the legal rights you have when faced with a personal injury.
A personal injury is when a person has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, wrongdoing or failure to perform an act they were under a duty to perform. More frequent types of personal injury accidents include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall/trip and fall injuries, pedestrian crossing the street accidents, dangerous premises liability injuries, dog bites and animal attacks as well as construction site accidents.
While the degree of injury in all cases may range from sprains and bruises to broken bones, paralysis and even wrongful death, no serious personal injury claim should be taken lightly as the injured party has certainly been negatively impacted in one way or another.
To add to the troubles of dealing with a personal injury, insurance companies stand to make the most profit they can from the general public. By charging high premiums and paying out as little as they possible can on legitimate claims or even denying personal injury claims all together, dealing with an insurance company to collect the compensation you deserve can be one of the most challenging and exasperating experiences.
The reality is that it is much cheaper for an insurance company to settle your claim than to continue to challenge your case. However, the insurance company is in the business of turning a profit and paying out as little as possible. Insurance adjusters will push the envelope to pay out often diminutive settlements. While such settlement offers are unfair, by not knowing the true value of a claim, most people would be inclined to take the offer for many reasons such as wanting to end the ordeal quickly, afraid of receiving less or even worse, nothing at all.
The skills and experience of a personal injury lawyer to handle your case will provide you with the information you need to properly handle your claim from the beginning. Insurance companies realize that once represented by an attorney, they can no longer attempt to make ridiculous settlement offers because an experienced attorney will know what your case is truly worth. In addition, an attorney is the only person who can file a lawsuit on your behalf if the insurance company decides that they are going to pay little or nothing for your injuries.
It is important to seek the guidance and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney because of the many complex legal rules and issues that may and often do arise. By not having proper legal representation, you risk the chance of leaving what you are rightfully entitled to for the insurance companies. Don’t delay your claim and speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer today.