Who needs a special injury lawyer? Not everyone. If you suffered only damage to your car in a crash, your insurance company will probably do right by you. This is because they know what a dented door or broken window costs to replace.
Insurance companies will pay to tow, fix or replace your car, and other easily determined costs. You really can handle this negotiation yourself – just show your receipts.
How personal injury law differs
Personal injury is different in the eyes of the law. Now you are suing for money, to cover your losses:
- Your doctor bills, now and in the future. This can be a lot.
- Earnings you missed out on because you couldn’t work.
- Compensation for the pain and suffering your injury caused – including mental and emotional suffering.
- Compensation for injuries that will never heal – amputations, burns, scarring, PTSD.
- Plus other intangible losses. In wrongful death cases, you can sue for loss of companionship, loss of financial support, and other things.
These losses are not like a broken window, easily valued. Each loss must be proved or defended, and that’s what a personal injury lawyer does.
Insurance companies will tell you, in the friendliest way, you do not need a lawyer. Believe me, they hope you don’t contact a capable lawyer. Because it will mean more money going from their pocket into yours.
Advantages of using a good lawyer
A good lawyer knows the tricks insurance companies use to deny, delay or diminish your claim. A good lawyer seeks the maximum amount of money damages for you.
Many studies show that working with a lawyer results in more money for you than if you negotiated a settlement on your own.
That’s why you need to work with a personal injury lawyer!