You’ve been injured – now what? There are a few different questions you’ll likely need to ask yourself, and a few scenarios in which you’ll need to place yourself. It’s difficult to determine if you need a lawyer, especially if you’ve never been in that situation before. As such, this quick and easy guide will give you a clue as to what to do next. While the answers may not always come easily, you’ll be sure to see the logic behind what you need to do. More often than not, though, you will definitely need a professional’s help.
Injured, No Other Party
This is perhaps the only chance to say that you won’t need the help of an attorney. If you are injured on your own, on your own property, and by your own choice, you probably don’t need an attorney’s help. This is, of course, only if you insurance company actually pays your medical bills. You may still need professional help if you get to the hospital and no one is able or willing to help. In short, the only way you won’t need a lawyer is if everything goes perfectly and everything truly was your fault. This is a rare situation.
Injured, On Another’s Property
If you have been injured on another’s property, you probably need to talk to a lawyer. At the very least, you are in for a huge insurance nightmare. It’s going to be difficult to determine who’s insurance will pay for your care, or if insurance will get involved at all. This is the situation that commonly occurs if, for example, you slip and fall in a store. Even if the other party is completely willing to help you out with all of your issues, you still need a lawyer present to make sure everything goes smoothly.
As you might imagine, though, the other party isn’t always so helpful. It’s important to figure out if what happened is truly an accident or if it is the result of the other party’s negligent behavior. Failing to shovel a sidewalk, to leave up a slippery when wet sign or to properly stack goods in a store isn’t an accident waiting to happen – it’s negligence, and it will get someone hurt. As such, it’s important to have a lawyer handy to help you figure out if the other party has any liability towards your injury and your care.
Injured, By Another Party
It’s easiest to determine that you need a lawyer when you have been injured by another party. While you might think that this is because you are in for a fight, in reality you need a lawyer because you need someone to help you make the right decisions. If you are injured in a car accident, for example, you are going to be dealing not only with the other party but also with the other party’s insurance company. Your lawyer will help you to determine if a settlement offer is realistic and when you should be willing to fight. If you are able to work with the other party to find a good solution, you may never have to go to court.
Of course, your injury case may not go so simply. You might have to fight to prove that the other party was at fault, or that you deserve any kind of compensation. In this case, a lawyer is not only helpful but absolutely necessary. It is foolish to ever try to fight your own battles in court. A good lawyer will represent you zealously and give you a chance to walk away the victor.
In short, you should almost always contact an attorney if you have been injured. If there is no case there, he or she will let you know. If there is a case, you can figure out what to do when you move forward. Hiring a lawyer doesn’t make you greedy and it doesn’t mean you want to fight. Instead, it means that you are taking the necessary steps to defend your future. Talk to a lawyer any time you are injured to figure out your next move. You may not have to go to court, but you can be sure that you need the legal advice.