Advertisements for personal injury lawyers are pretty common, but why should you hire one? Personal injury lawyers have gotten a bad reputation from some people, thinking that they profit off the suffering of others. We strongly disagree with this assessment. What a personal injury lawyer actually does is protect the injured from further injury in the form of financial compensation and sometimes even criminal prosecution. Someone who is injured may not have the capacity to defend themselves from predatory insurance companies.
The laws around personal injury vary for each situation and jurisdiction. These laws can be very complex, and without study they can be impossible to understand from just a casual reading. However, you can be assured that your insurance company or aggrieved party will be hiring a lawyer who does know these laws and will try to find ways to use them against you to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. Even if you do know the laws, a personal injury lawyer will have the experience necessary to argue them successfully in a court of law.
It is important to know that the insurance company makes money by paying out as little as it can when a claim is filed. It’s almost a matter of practice for them to offer a lower amount of money when you’re injured if you don’t have a lawyer on your side. They’re betting that you won’t know the laws that govern what you may be entitled to after an accident or injury. This is why it’s important to hire a lawyer to represent you before you receive a settlement package from the insurance company.
A good lawyer will go over any settlement terms and apprise you of your options. If a court case is necessary, you will be told of all the fees before we file your case. Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means they take a certain percentage of the final settlement amount. This gives them incentive to work hard on your behalf to get the largest settlement you deserve.
If you are in the Houston area and would like to know more about when and how to hire a personal injury lawyer, we suggest contacting our practice through our website. Our lawyers are ready to give free consultations to you so we can get the facts of your case or answer any questions you have about personal injury.