If a person is injured in an accident caused by someone else, the injured victim may decide to hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim on their behalf. It is often advisable to seek legal representation for a personal injury claim, since many personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency – that means that the client owes no money unless the attorney is able to recover a settlement or a favorable verdict for compensation, with the attorney typically taking a percentage of the recovery as their fee. There are many ways that a personal injury lawyer can help an accident victim with their legal claim. Find out how below:
Personal injury lawyers handle legal claims on a daily basis. This means they are highly experienced with investigating claims to determine how the accident and the client’s injury occurred, who is responsible for the accident and injuries, and what kind of monetary damages the client has incurred and will incur in the future due to his or her injuries. Many personal injury lawyers have relationships with various kinds of experts, such as medical experts, financial experts, engineers, and accident reconstructionists, who can help the attorney parse through the evidence and provide an expert opinion that can be used to support the client’s claim.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
A personal injury lawyer can also take upon the task of communicating with the insurance companies involved in the case, including both the responsible party’s insurer (or insurers) and, depending on the circumstances of the accident, the injured client’s own insurer who may be obligated to pay benefits to the client. Even when dealing with the client’s own insurer, a personal injury lawyer knows that the client’s and the client’s insurer’s interests are not exactly aligned, since every insurance company will look to minimize the amount of benefits they have to pay out. When negotiating a settlement with the responsible party’s insurers, a personal injury lawyer will also have the experience needed to accurately evaluate the total value of the client’s claim (including both past and future monetary damages) so that the attorney can be sure that a settlement reached with the insurance company provides fair and full compensation.
Ultimately, an attorney can relieve his or her client from the stress of having to talk with the insurance companies, who are always looking to get an injured victim to say or do something that undermines their legal claim or to settle their claim for as little as possible based on the promise of quick, greatly-needed cash for the client.
Providing Legal Advice and Representation
Throughout the process of your personal injury claim, an attorney can provide you with advice based on a knowledge of the law. Many personal injury cases are not simple; instead, there may be complex laws that govern the types of evidence you need and the elements you will need to prove to be entitled to compensation. A personal injury attorney can build a viable, persuasive case on your behalf and ensure that it is properly prosecuted, including making sure that all filing deadlines are met. In the end, having a personal injury lawyer on your side means that you are on equal ground with the insurance companies, who employ teams of experts and attorneys to represent and defend their interests.
Contact a Clark Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Team Law represent clients injured because of accidents in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 540-1394 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 136 Central Ave., Clark, NJ 07066, as well as offices in West New York, Perth Amboy, Edison, Summit, Newark, New Brunswick, Orange, Plainfield, and Jersey City.
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