You have just been involved in an Albany traffic accident in which you have sustained serious injuries. You are now in the hospital facing a recovery period that could take months. The other driver was speeding, ran a red light, and plowed into the passenger side of your car. Luckily, no one was sitting there. The other driver was clearly at fault but suffered only minor injuries, essentially walking away from the accident. However, you will now be out of work, tied to an upcoming schedule of doctor visits and various types of therapy, and suffering emotional trauma from the incident.
The big question now is: should you hire a personal injury lawyer to handle the recovery of damages to which you will be owed? Is it worth it? Or should you just let the insurance company handle it? What are the benefits of hiring a lawyer after being injured?
The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
The first thing to consider is your current health condition. Are you up to the matter of handling the details of a personal injury claim? Are you in pain or discomfort that would make this difficult or, in some cases, impossible? How willing are you to undertake what may become a complex process instead focusing all of your attention and efforts on your physical and emotional recovery?
A personal injury lawyer can provide the services you want and need at this time to take on all of the particulars and moving parts of an injury claim. This is a professional who understands personal injury law in your state, who has deep familiarity with the process, who can gather and analyze evidence on your behalf, and who knows how to negotiate for the best possible result. Your attorney can also proceed to litigation in court should it be necessary.
In any injury accident, you are mostly dealing with the other party’s insurance company. It is vital to know that these companies and their representatives are primarily interested in saving themselves money in payouts. Their main concern is not what is best for you but what is best for them. Thus, they will typically offer you a fast and low settlement. In cases where possible, they will deny responsibility at all, finding ways to make you responsible for the accident as opposed to their clients.
Personal injury lawyers are familiar with these tactics and know how to counter them. They have the legal tools and the negotiation skills to stand up to insurance companies. In fact, it is widely known that injury victims who hire an attorney get consistently better settlements than those who don’t.
Understanding What Your Case is Worth
A common question from injury victims is “what is my case worth?” Do you know what compensatory damages you may qualify for? Do you know how to put a figure on such intangibles as pain and suffering or emotional trauma? What if you are seriously and permanently disfigured? Do you know how to figure out what your future medical expenses may be to continue handling the consequences of your injuries? Other factors you may not have considered can include medical equipment, home care, modifications needed to your car or home in the case of permanent injuries, loss of earning capacity, various types of long-term rehabilitation, and more.
Your personal injury lawyer will have experience calculating all the various types of compensation you may need and for an amount that can cover it in the long term.
Why Turn to O’Brien & Wood PLLC?
At our firm, you can bring your injury claim to an attorney who is experienced and dedicated to obtaining a successful and satisfactory resolution. Our legal team consists of seasoned litigators who have all of the requisite skills to help you reach a fair and just settlement or verdict. We know that money cannot cure everything but it can go a long ways in helping you recover and face the future. At O’Brien & Wood, we fight for the justice that you deserve.
Injured in Albany through wrongdoing? Call us at (518) 240-9992 to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case in a free evaluation today.