When To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer
Do You Need The Assistance of a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have suffered an injury, it is essential to consider whether it is appropriate for you to hire a personal injury attorney. Often, following an injury or illness, individuals like yourself are overwhelmed and understandably concerned about their recovery. You may find yourself thinking about the circumstances of your accident or injury and whether you need an attorney to represent you.
When it comes to personal injury cases, the injured party must consult with an attorney specializing in personal injury law. Personal injury law is a complex and intricate field to navigate without the guidance and knowledge of an experienced personal injury attorney. If you have been injured and are wondering if you should consult with a personal injury lawyer, take the time to go over the following guide to help you make the right decision for your situation.
What Is a Personal Injury Attorney?
Deciding whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer for your injury makes it crucial to understand the role of a personal injury attorney. Personal injury law consists of cases involving individuals who are harmed or injured as a result of various types of accidents that may have been caused by the negligent actions of others. Often, people correlate personal injury attorneys with vehicular accidents or slip & fall type cases. While personal injury lawyers deal with cases such as these daily, they also deal with several other types of cases involving injuries for which you may not be aware.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
A personal injury case can arise if an injury has occurred due to the negligent action of another party or parties. Below is a list of some of the most common types of personal injury cases that you should consider when deciding whether you should contact a personal injury lawyer in your matter.
- Vehicle Accidents — Car and motorcycle accidents are some of the most common personal injury cases and can also include injuries arising from the use of recreational style vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and go-carts.
- Boating Accidents — In areas such as Florida, where boating is a popular pastime, accidents are common, and those involving watercrafts such as boats and jet skis can cause serious injuries.
- Pedestrian/Bicycling Accident — Individuals injured while walking or bicycling along the road by other vehicles or due to improper maintenance of sidewalks or the streets may be entitled to compensation for any injuries obtained.
- Medical Malpractice — These are often complicated and challenging cases involving injuries resulting from improper medical care by a health care professional. These cases can be challenging due to the need to prove negligent actions were taken that directly resulted in your injuries. Although these cases may be challenging, you may still be entitled to compensation.
- Product Liability — Defective products or improper instructions for the use of a product can result in debilitating injuries to consumers who purchase or use these products. Manufacturers of these defective products, as well as distributors and sellers, may be liable for your injuries.
- Premises Liability– Some of the most common premises liability cases are slip and fall type accidents. However, any injury sustained as a result of improper maintenance or unsafe conditions while visiting a personal or commercial property can give rise to legal action against the negligent party.
- Workplace Injuries — If you have become ill or injured as a result of your duties at your workplace or while on the job, you may have a case for worker’s compensation.
- Intentional Acts — While intentional acts such as assault and battery are often criminal matters punishable through the court with jail or fines, the same intentional acts can give rise to a civil matter through personal injury law.
- Animal Attacks — If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog or other animal that is owned by an individual or entity, you may have a case for personal injury against the owner if the attack occurred as a result of their negligence.
- Neglect or Abuse in Care Facilities — If your loved one has been harmed due to negligence or abuse while in a care facility such as a licensed care home, assisted living facility, or nursing home, you may take action against the caregivers and providers.
- Wrongful Death — If your loved one was fatally injured as a result of others’ actions, you might have a legal action against those contributing to their death. The unexpected death of a loved one will often result in significant emotional and financial hardship on the surviving family.
Should You Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?
When suffering an injury, it can be difficult for individuals to determine whether the accident may have been a result of another’s action. If you are unsure whether your injury gives rise to a personal injury matter, it is best to consult and discuss your situation and the specifics surrounding your injury with an experienced and professional personal injury team that can provide some answers to your questions or concerns. Below are some indicators for contacting a personal injury attorney for an injury or illness you have sustained.
You Have Suffered an Injury or Disability
Any injury or disability that has resulted from a specific incident or accident should be considered as possibly occurring as a result of the negligent actions of others. It would be best if you took the time to consider what happened to you and how it happened. Was there any specific factor or factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of your injury or illness?
You Believe another Party or Parties May Be Responsible For Your Injuries
When considering the circumstances that caused your injury, you may be feeling that certain individuals or factors may have led to your injury. Any indication that another party or factor caused your injury, whether in whole or in part, is a reason to consult with a personal injury attorney. Even in cases where you feel you may have had a lapse in judgment that allowed for the injury to occur, there may still be contributing factors from outside forces that led to your injury or disability.
When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, illness, or disability as a result of the negligent actions of another party or parties, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. It would help if you were represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible to avoid delay or possible complications in your case. With opposing attorneys, individuals, and insurance companies involved in many personal injury matters, it can become quite overwhelming and confusing to handle your case on your own. Ensure your voice is being heard in the matter, and you are receiving competent and qualified legal representation that is fighting for your best interests throughout each step of the process.
What Can You Expect When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?
Before you hire a personal injury lawyer for your case, it is essential to consult with the lawyer and their team beforehand. This consultation will provide you the opportunity to discuss your case, as well as ask any questions or concerns that you may have about the process or the specific details of your case.
Individuals may be hesitant to contact an attorney about their injury matter due to financial concerns and concerns about the expenses that may be incurred. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingent basis. This means you will not be expected to make any upfront financial contribution to obtain representation in your matter. If a personal injury lawyer agrees to take on your case and represent you, they will only be paid if and when a settlement is reached or a court has entered a judgment in your favor. Your recovery will come from the at-fault party.
Contingency fees in Florida personal injury cases are as follows:
- In cases settled out of court, up to 33 1/3 percent of the total settlement will be charged by an attorney.
- In cases where a settlement or judgment is entered after the filing of an answer in court, attorneys will charge up to 40 percent of the final recovery in cases up to $1 million.
- Also, lawyers will charge 30 percent of the portion of recovery between $1 million to $2 million. Anything amount over $2 million will be charged at the contingency rate of 20 percent.
Our team at Shiner Law Group understands the struggles faced by individuals who have suffered illness and injury due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact us for a free consultation and evaluation to discuss the details of your case. We have been fighting for injured individuals in South Florida for over 18 years, and we pride ourselves in fighting for the rights and compensation our injured clients deserve.