So you’ve been injured, and you’re probably wondering, “Do I need a Florida personal injury lawyer to help me?” It’s true that not every personal injury lawsuit is worth pursuing in court, and not every case has a chance to succeed. But if you’re undecided about whether to hire an attorney, consider these benefits of having one on your side.
What Can a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me?
Having an attorney on your side while you pursue a claim can mean the difference between receiving the money you need to care for yourself and having to pay for medical and other costs out of pocket. A personal injury attorney can help you:
- Decide whether pursuing your case is worth the effort
- Get you the maximum amount in damages possible
- Figure out if and when to accept a settlement
- File motions and keep you updated on the process
- Fill out paperwork, obtain records, and complete administrative work
- Negotiate your claim
- Get insurance companies, medical providers, and defendants to take you seriously
You can pursue a case without an attorney; however, if you file a claim on your own, you won’t have the protection and legitimacy that an attorney can provide. Should your injuries worsen in the future, having a relationship with an attorney you trust can be invaluable.
Will My Insurance Company Help Me with My Personal Injury Case?
Unfortunately, your insurance will not provide you with a Florida personal injury lawyer. They won’t even be able to give you legal advice. It comes down to the difference between your goals and the goals of your insurance provider. Because insurance companies are businesses, they need to keep costs down as much as possible, and keeping costs down usually means paying out as little as possible. You want to get as much compensation as possible, and if you hire an attorney, that’s exactly what they will help you do.
Will I Have to Pay If I Don’t Win?
Most people think they can’t afford an attorney to pursue their personal injury case. Most people are wrong. Many lawyers take cases on contingency. What that means is that if you win your attorney will be entitled to a percentage of your settlement. The amount you will have to pay out of your settlement depends on several factors—your lawyer, the complexity of your case, and other details of your case.
Should I Hire a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer?
As you can see, determining whether you need a personal injury attorney to take on your case depends on your situation. You should absolutely consult with an attorney if you’re not sure whether your case has merit. Many attorneys give free consultations because they want to help.
If you are not sure whether you should hire a Florida personal injury lawyer, you’re not alone. Many cases go unpursued because victims don’t think they have the resources to pay for help. If this sounds like you, please get in contact with us as soon as possible. Personal injury cases are subject to the Florida statute of limitations and must be filed within a certain amount of time after your injury.