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What To Expect From A Personal Injury Lawyer

What To Expect From A Personal Injury LawyerPersonal injury lawyers sometimes get a bad reputation, and are the butt of plenty of jokes. But the reality is that when you need their services, there are few people who are more important allies to you.  When you’re injured in an accident, your first priority should always be to get the kind of medical attention your body needs. But those costs can add up quickly, and if the accident wasn’t your fault, it’s not right for you to have to shoulder the financial burden yourself.

But due to the jokes and the bad reputation, it is incredibly important that you take some time to understand just what you can expect from a personal injury lawyer in terms of why they’re important and what will happen when you contact one.

First, here’s a quick rundown of the benefits a personal injury lawyer offers:

  • Faster resolution – 95% of personal injury cases are settled before they go to court, thanks to the fast resolutions a trial attorney will provide to you.
  • Better compensation –Those who are represented by an attorney generally get far more in their settlement than those who aren’t due to the legal expert’s skills and experience. <
  • Less stress – By trusting in a good personal injury lawyer, you eliminate a huge amount of stress off your shoulders and can focus on recovery instead of on money.

Those points should highlight why you need to turn to a personal injury lawyer, but knowing what to expect is also important. There are a few things you can plan on experiencing when you contact a personal injury lawyer.

  • First, they’ll provide you with a free consultation. This may be done in person or over the phone depending on the lawyer and the situation. During the consultation, they’ll listen to you explain your situation and also ask several questions. They’ll use the information to determine whether or not you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries.
  • If you don’t have the grounds to seek compensation, the lawyer will tell you so and your relationship will likely go no further. If you do have the grounds for compensation, the lawyer will usually offer to represent you to help you get your restitution.
  • You won’t have to pay the lawyer up front. Personal injury lawyers will only get paid when you are awarded your settlement, and they’ll deduct their fees from the settlement amount. This makes things easier on you and helps ensure that the lawyer works hard to get you what you deserve.
  • The lawyer will begin negotiation with the opposing party – often an insurance company or other lawyer. While negotiating without an attorney on your side is a terrible idea, once you have a legal professional working for you this process quickly turns to your favor. Most cases are settled out of court since the opposing party would rather settle than risk being ordered to pay even more in a trial.

  • If no settlement can be reached, however, the case will go to trial. Your attorney will represent you in the court and make your argument in front of a judge or jury. If the court agrees that you deserve compensation, you’ll be awarded an appropriate amount.

In terms of just how much money you can expect to be awarded, there is no way to estimate it until all of the facts of your situation are reviewed and considered. A good personal injury attorney can help you get a better idea of what you should be owed, and will help you fight to get that compensation and get your life back in order. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What To Expect From A Personal Injury Lawyer

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