If you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault, you can be compensated for the cost of your medical care and other damages.
In simple cases with minor injuries, the responsible person’s insurance company can offer a quick and fair settlement to pay your medical bills and your lost wages. However, when your file is complex, your bills are high, or your recovery is slow, the process gets complicated quickly.
This is when it makes sense to hire a personal injury lawyer. Here’s what to expect when you hire a lawyer for your personal injury case.
A lawyer will deal with insurance companies
Right from the start, a lawyer will take care of the details of your case, tell you your rights and responsibilities in making the personal injury claim on your behalf and dealing with insurance companies.
âIn addition, the lawyer can also deal with issues of property damage, medical bills and lost wages,â according to the Seattle attorneys offices of Michael Mazon. “Ideally, the lawyer should contact the insurance company while the client’s only concern should be to seek medical treatment for the injuries.”
Allowing a lawyer to take care of filing documents, collecting evidence, and dealing with the insurance company allows you to focus on the recovery. In addition, a lawyer may recommend that you wait until all treatment is complete before filing a claim, because then you will know the extent of your injury and the cost of your care.
A lawyer will review the impact of your injury
Being injured can have an impact on your whole life. Not only do you have to undergo treatment and pay medical bills, the effects can spill over into your work and personal life, which should be reflected in the final settlement.
âThe award of special damages should make a victim harmless for expenses incurred or money lost due to the incident or accident that caused his injuries,â according to AllLaw.
Here are some common issues that can be remedied:
- Low current or future income
- Medical bills
- Cost of future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of company
If a loved one dies, undue damages can include funeral and burial costs, loss of financial contribution, and loss of services and support. Your lawyer will know which damages apply to you and will gather the information necessary to present the best case to an insurance company or a jury.
A lawyer will help you collect money
Going through a personal injury lawsuit can take months or more than a year. After damages are awarded, it may be difficult to recover the money, as the amount may exceed the liability insurance limits of the responsible person. This means that the rest should come from the personal property of the defendant.
“Defendants forced to pay damages compensation may or may not be able to meet the full compensation and may not be willing to pay it at all,” according to AllLaw. “A plaintiff’s lawyer can assist in the collection process by uncovering undisclosed assets, placing liens on property, and even garnishing wages.”
Fortunately, local attorney Michael Mazon has experience as an attorney for an insurance company and uses his in-depth knowledge of their tactics to represent personal injury clients. As one of Washington’s most successful personal injury attorneys, he tells his clients to “let me fight with the insurance company!” For more information and to schedule a free consultation, visit seattlelawoffices.com.