Do I need a lawyer to get compensation for my personal injury?
The answer is NO, in most cases.
You can usually file a successful personal injury claim without a lawyer, as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort. Since a lawyer will collect take up to 40% of your winnings in fees, this can save you quite a bit of money.
However, there are a few cases where a personal injury lawyer is necessary. These are:
- Severe injuries with high compensation. If the compensation you deserve is higher than $10,000, a lawyer can make a big difference in the amount you will receive. See why.
- Long-term or permanent disability. This means any injuries that take you more than a year to recover from. It can be hard to calculated fair compensation for an injury that puts you out of work for a long time or forever. A lawyer experienced in dealing with personal injury cases can help a lot in negotiating a good settlement.
- Compensation for medical malpractice. The law related to medicine and medical malpractice is so complicated that it's impossible to do without an experienced malpractice lawyer.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals (e.g. asbestos). Proving that you have been exposed to harmful chemicals or biological substances, and that they have caused you injury often requires complex scientific data and expert statements that may be difficult to come up with on your own. An experienced lawyer will have access to this data.
- If the insurance company refuses to pay. Although an insurance company will usually be willing to settle with you, in some cases, they will refuse to acknowledge that they owe you any compensation. In these cases, a lawyer can give your case more weight. And, of course, a lawyer is absolutely indispensable if you end up pursuing your case in court.