Sometimes the answer is a no-brainer, like if you get sued or if you’re arrested or charged with a crime. But keep in mind that people hire lawyers for advice all the time for many types of situations.
The most common situation is after an auto accident. After the accident, most people ask the same question: “Do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer?”
While you may be able to get through a legal problem without hiring a lawyer, studies have repeatedly shown that you are more likely to receive two to three times more compensation if you have an attorney on your side.
The first thing you want to do when you’ve been in an accident is to assess the damage. If there was minimal property damage and you’re sure that all the people involved aren’t hurt – you can probably handle the claim with the insurance company on your own. However, if you have a significant injury or your case is complicated by multiple liable parties, it’s time to call an attorney.
For a typical personal injury case, taking a case to trial often costs around $5,000! Filing fees, depositions, court costs, and medical records requests can add up quickly. And if you are recovering from a broken leg, or bruised shoulder, the last thing you want to deal with on your own is these costs. If a law firm takes your case, they usually pay these costs for you up front and only get paid back when your case settles and you receive compensation.
Simply calling a law firm to determine if your case is one for which an attorney is necessary is always a good idea. The majority provide this consultation service free of charge. Also, many firms, if unable to help you, will either provide a referral or a list of suggestions that may help you handle the matter on you own.
Keep in mind that insurance adjusters are highly trained to make sure the insurance company keeps as much of its money as possible. If you or a friend or family member gets hurt, or worse, get ahold of a good lawyer early in the process to save you time and any headaches.
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