There are many classifications for personal injuries, depending on how serious the injury is. Not all injuries warrant the need for legal representation. Severe injuries, however, should not be handled without a personal injury lawyer, but how do you know that hiring one will benefit you?
Understanding of Laws
One of the most important benefits a NYC personal injury lawyer can provide you is knowledge of the specific laws governing personal injuries. Different lawyers handle different cases because that is the area they specialize in. For example, a divorce lawyer may not know as much about injury and insurance laws and probably would not be able to represent you as well. The same is true for the state you live in. Since laws vary from one state to another, an injury lawyer is usually most experienced with how to apply local laws to your case.
The Art of Legal Negligence
Knowledge with specific laws coincides with being able to properly negotiate for compensation that is fair. Negotiating can occur in a courtroom or outside a courtroom. A personal injury lawyer knows when to take a case to court, but also what would be a fair amount in a settlement. Without an injury lawyer, you might not get a fair settlement on your own, including compensation for potential future losses.
The average person does not have adequate knowledge of courtroom procedures. If your case goes to court, do you have the knowledge to provide properly formatted legal documents? Can you draft subpoenas for witnesses and evidence to prove your claim? A judge will want more than just your personal account of what happened. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you are properly represented in court, which includes the knowledge of handling court cases. Additionally, having legal representation tends to increase the overall value of your case.
Unlike other types of lawyers, you typically do not have retainers and other fees to pay up front. A personal injury lawyer, in most instances, will represent you from start to finish, whether the case goes to court or settles our of court, without a dime coming out of your pocket. Many of these lawyers do not get payment until you do. Once you have finalized a settlement, the lawyer’s costs come out and you get the remaining amount. These lawyers also do not charge you if the case is lost.
Whether it is a dog attack, car accident, or negligence injury, it is not smart to handle it on your own. If you do not know whether you have a case, call a personal injury lawyer for a consultation. You could suffer more by trying to represent yourself. Do not just take whatever you can get. Let a lawyer help you get what you deserve.
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Raiser & Kenniff, PC, is a premier New York law firm. We have a number of divisions, including matrimony and divorce, personal injury, criminal defense, and others.