Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

For some personal injury claims involving severe injuries or medical malpractice, it may be necessary to consult a lawyer. Here are three situations that may call for a personal injury lawyer.

Handling a personal injury claim without a lawyer can greatly reduce the value of the claim.  Accident victims who hire a personal injury attorney often receive as much as three times the compensation than those who don’t.

However, money is not the only consideration.

Many injured victims wonder about the benefits of a personal injury lawyer.  Although there are certain personal injury claims that victims may be able to handle on their own, the following situations may necessitate the need for a skilled personal injury attorney.

Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

Insurance companies often balk at the amount needed to adequately compensate personal injuries, or they refuse to settle the matter in good faith.  It can be hard to place a dollar amount on a lifetime of sustaining permanent disabilities.  The victim may be out of work for a long time recovering or attending physical therapy. Lost wages, pain, and suffering are not automatically calculated in the insurance company’s compensation. A personal injury attorney can help determine how the non-economic damages are valued.  In addition, personal injury lawyers can help negotiate with insurance companies while the victim focuses their energy on recovering.

Severe Injuries

It is safe to say that the more severe the personal injury, the more extensive and costly the treatment.  However, as injuries become more severe in nature, the potential that they will be undercompensated by the insurance company increases.  While personal injury compensation is usually based on the medical bills, among other factors, insurance companies make profit by undervaluing and under compensating personal injuries.  A personal injury lawyer can help ensure victims receive a higher compensation than the insurance company initially offers.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States (American Association for Justice). Although medical malpractice is a type of personal injury, it is one that is highly regulatory and legally complex.  Victims of medical malpractice often do not know what their options are.  Navigating healthcare regulations and legal statutes without a medical malpractice attorney may be nearly impossible.

For more information about the benefits a personal injury attorney can provide in your case, please contact the Towson, Maryland Law Offices of Douglas T. Sachse.

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