Suffering a serious injury in an accident can be devastating, especially if the injury compromises your ability to work or requires extensive medical attention. Whether you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or by a negligent medical professional, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. To take this step, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled and experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer.
Benefits of Securing Legal Representation
Though you do have a right to represent yourself in a civil lawsuit, it is generally inadvisable to do so. Some injured parties choose to proceed without representation because they believe that it will save them money, but the reality is that it is likely to cost them significantly in the long-run due to the potential for mishandling of the case. Hiring an attorney to provide counsel and representation grants you the following benefits:
Ensuring that you are properly advised regarding the apparent viability of your case
Preventing you from missing important deadlines or mishandling procedural details
Helping to ensure that you pursue the full scope of damages that you may be do
The ability to negotiate a settlement quickly and before the matter reaches court, which can alleviate stress and get you the money you need sooner rather than later
In the aftermath of a serious or fatal accident, frustration, anger and emotional and physical pain may keep you or your loved ones from seeing clearly. A good lawyer will provide you with the emotionally detached support you need and will help you make wise choices about your future and the future of your family.
Insurance and medical paperwork can be overwhelming even in the best circumstances. When you are busy with medical appointments, pain management and issues due to missed work, you do not have the time to address all of the paperwork and red tape that a serious injury entails. A lawyer will handle the mounds of documents for you that must be provided to this place, collected from that place, reviewed for evidence or held for the future.
Knowing what to look for
Your recovery will often depend on the evidence gathered after the event that caused you harm. An experienced attorney knows which evidence will help your case and will know how to find it. Your legal team will investigate your claim, compiling facts and information from the scene of the accident, the testimony of witnesses, medical records and other sources to help you recover your losses.
Familiarity with the personal injury claim process, knowledge of the law and an ability to evaluate the value of your claim are key elements to your success at the settlement table or in the courtroom. An attorney who has helped hundreds of accident victims will know how to handle issues with the insurance companies, explain medical terms in ways you can understand and guide you through the legal process to a resolution that is best for your unique circumstances.
Contingency fee basis
Most personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis. This means that if you do not win your lawsuit or obtain a monetary settlement, you will not be responsible for any attorney fees.