Hiring an attorney may be something you never thought you would need to consider. However, following your accident, it occurs to you that you may be facing some legal issues with which you have little experience. Not only are you confused about what is happening around you, but you may be in pain from your injuries, and the thought of dealing with the insurance adjusters and investigators is more than you can handle.
On top of everything, your injuries may be more serious than you imagined, and there is no telling what the future may hold. Do you know what to do next? Will a lawsuit help? Does your situation even warrant a lawsuit? These are only a few things to consider when thinking of hiring an attorney to assist with your personal injury case.
What can an attorney do for me?
The first moment you realize you may benefit from an attorney is when an insurance adjuster shows up in your Georgia hospital room or at your front door offering a settlement check. While the amount of money the insurance company offers may seem like a lot, you may have no idea how much your injuries will end up costing. Will you need additional surgeries? Therapy? Medication? Will these additional expenses pile on top of the wages you have already lost from missing work?
An attorney who has handled many accident injury cases will have the experience to assess your situation and determine a fair amount, which the insurance is not likely to offer the first time you meet. You may understand quickly the importance of having someone to negotiate for you, stand up for your rights and fight to obtain the maximum compensation possible. An attorney can benefit your case in many ways, including these:
- Assessing your claim and providing an honest estimation of success
- Having access to a team of investigators
- Handling complex legal procedures and paperwork
- Dealing with the attorney for the opposition
- Advocating for you during alternative dispute resolution
- Providing zealous representation during litigation
In addition, you may be able to take advantage of a free consultation, which is a service offered by some attorneys. In this way, you can gain an objective evaluation of your case and advice on the best way to proceed.