The easy answer to the question of when to hire a personal injury lawyer is, of course, when you suffer a personal injury. But that doesn’t really address the actual question. When you suffer a personal injury, under whatever circumstances, your first instinct might be not to call a lawyer. You are much more likely to call an ambulance – or depending upon your injuries, ask someone to call one for you. Right when you suffer your injury probably is not when you will be hiring a personal injury lawyer.
After you receive medical care, if you believe the accident that caused your injury – no matter what kind of accident it was – was caused by someone else, then as soon as you have received medical attention, you should call a personal injury attorney to see if you can recover compensation for your injuries.
Personal Injuries Are Costly – Don’t Bear the Cost Yourself If You Don’t Have to
A federal study estimated that the lifetime cost of medical care and work loss due to personal injuries from accidents and violence was more than $670 billion annually in 2013. More than two-thirds of that was attributable to non-fatal injuries, with the remainder caused by fatal injuries. That’s a lot of money, and there is no point in you paying any part of it if your injury was caused by another person’s negligence. The only way to be sure of that is to hire a personal injury attorney.
Obviously, at the scene of the accident is not the time to make that call, but very soon thereafter is a good idea. The longer you wait, the harder it is to gather evidence to prove liability for your accident. Also, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that a negligent party who caused your accident can argue your injuries occurred at a different time or in a different accident.
The modern legal system makes it almost impossible for a person injured in an accident to properly handle their own claim. It is best to get an attorney on the case quickly. Even when your injury should be covered by your own insurance, such as auto or homeowner’s insurance, your insurance company might try to reject your claim or not pay you the full extent of your damages from your injuries. An attorney can help you deal with that, as well.
Injuries can happen in all kinds of accidents – car crashes, falls, at work, at home, at someone else’s home, at a business or store, walking down the street – and you are always at least potentially at risk of suffering some kind of accident. Sure, most people don’t on any given day. But when you do, if that accident is due to someone’s negligence or can be compensated by insurance, you should seek legal help to help you do that.
Contact the South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys of Demand the Limits
If you have been injured in an accident, no matter what kind of accident it might be, you should consult with an attorney to see if you might be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact our personal injury attorneys of Demand the Limits to learn how we can help.