The first few days after you are injured in an accident call for critical action. You should focus just as much on your legal and financial recovery as your physical wellness. To ensure that you heal quickly and remain protected from liabilities that do not belong to you, you need to hire a lawyer to represent you. You should retain a personal injury attorney to take your case immediately after an accident. Here are some reasons why.
1. Avoiding Blame for the Accident
The person or people who caused your injuries may try to do everything to deflect blame for the accident. They may try to blame you for what happened and say that you caused your own injuries. They also may say that they were not present during the accident and had nothing to do with causing your pain and suffering.
If you were to try to handle your own case on your own, you may find yourself in a situation of it being your word against that of the other person. The judge or jury may not know whom to believe and split the blame for the accident equally or assign all of the liability to you.
To get the court to believe that you did not cause your own injuries or accident, you need a personal injury attorney representing you. Your attorney can quickly establish what happened based on the evidence. He or she can hold the rightful party responsible and convince a judge or jury to render a judgment against them.
2. Pursuing a Settlement
Your personal injury attorney can also compel the responsible party to settle with you out of court. You may not have the physical or mental endurance to take your case to trial. The responsible party likewise may not want to have their name or reputation damaged in a court trial. To keep the case from going to court, the responsible party may decide to make you a settlement offer. Your lawyer can make sure that any sum offered to you is in line with what you could have won in a court judgment.
A personal injury attorney provides valuable services to accident victims like you. He or she ensures that you do not assume blame for what happened. Your lawyer can prove what happened with the evidence available to him or her. Your attorney can also negotiate a fair settlement for you.