Suffering an injury through no fault of your own is not only a horrible physical experience, but it’s also expensive and stressful, especially if you don’t have the necessary resources to recover. Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma can help you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
10 Ways a Personal Injury Lawyer in Oklahoma Can Help You Get Justice
They Know How Much Your Case Is Worth
If you don’t have experience in personal injury cases, then you probably don’t know how much your case could be worth if you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence or error of someone else. You probably know you deserve to be reimbursed for any medical bills that are the result of the injury, but you might not know that you also deserve compensation for lost wages, future loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
A personal injury attorney will be able to calculate the actual and possible costs related to your injury. They will have access to financial experts who can correctly determine whether you will lose future earnings because of your injury or if you’re entitled to pain and suffering as well. Additionally, they will have access to medical professionals who can determine if your injuries are disabling and will prevent you from working in your chosen field in the future.
They Will Investigate Your Case
The investigation is one of the most expensive aspects of a personal injury case, both in terms of money and time. Not only do you need to pay for an investigator to look into your situation, but you also need to spend time finding and interviewing witnesses. If you’re severely injured, this may not even be possible, meaning you’re missing out on resources that will make your case stronger and the amount of your potential compensation greater.
Personal injury attorneys have access to investigators who will track down witnesses to your case, reconstruct accidents, and preserve evidence that proves your side of the story. This is necessary to mount a court case that will convince a judge and jury that you deserve compensation. Even if your case doesn’t go to court, the investigation is instrumental in your attorney’s ability to successfully negotiate a settlement, as the more evidence you have, the weaker the other party’s case is.
They Allow You to Heal
Your main goal after you suffer an injury is to get better as quickly as possible. This can be difficult if you’re trying to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company or preparing a lawsuit. Hiring an attorney to handle the negotiations and preparation gives you the time and peace of mind to focus on your recovery. Stress is a huge inhibitor to healing, so removing the stress of your case by getting help can accelerate your recovery process.
If it’s your loved one who’s suffered an injury and you’re handling the legalities on their behalf, you can still benefit from hiring an attorney so you can spend more time caring for your loved one and helping them heal. Removing this part of the case from your plate allows you to better care for yourself and them so that they can get back on their feet more quickly and you can focus on other aspects of your life.
They Deal With the Insurance Companies
No one wants to deal with insurance companies, as they are notoriously difficult to work with. Not only do you have to know the various industry terms so you can understand the correspondence, but you also have to be careful about what you say to the company, too. When you hire an attorney, you no longer have to communicate with the insurance company because your legal team will do it on your behalf, and make sure your interests are protected.
Remember that the insurance company is not on your side. It has an interest in paying as little as possible for injury claims, so it’ll do anything to avoid paying what your claim is worth. This means you’ll probably receive an initial low offer that you could be tempted to accept just to be able to pay your mounting medical bills. However, your case might be worth much more. An attorney will ensure you don’t take less than you deserve.
They Prepare for Court
Even if most personal injury cases end up getting settled, many do land in the courtroom because the two sides can’t agree on an appropriate settlement. Your attorney knows that litigation is always a possibility, and will begin preparing for that scenario from the start. Experienced lawyers don’t ever prepare as if the case is guaranteed to settle, which means your interests will be protected both during negotiations and a potential trial, no matter what unexpectedly happens.
Once in court, an experienced personal injury attorney will be familiar with the procedures and rules so that your case can progress quickly and efficiently. You don’t want to be waiting forever for an outcome, but if you try to represent yourself, you may end up delaying the case due to a lack of knowledge about courtroom procedures. Even worse, your case could be dismissed because of a technicality, which could be devastating to you or your loved one.
They Defer Your Bills
One of the best reasons to hire an attorney to protect your interests in a personal injury case is that most of them work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t have to pay your legal bills unless and until your case is settled or an award is recovered in a trial. You are able to access a top-notch legal team with all the resources you need to prove your side of the case without going bankrupt.
Additionally, if you use your attorney’s physicians, you won’t pay for your medical bills either until you receive compensation. Your attorney will make sure your doctors get paid so that you can focus on healing and your attorney can focus on negotiations and preparation. You deserve access to the best legal representation possible to combat the representation the other side will be afforded. Insurance companies will have an expensive legal team, which you’ll need to match in terms of experience.
They Handle the Paperwork
Paperwork is always going to be a major part of any personal injury case, and if you’re not very organized, you could miss a filing deadline or make a mistake on a form that could cost you compensation. By hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you won’t lose your case on a technicality like a missed deadline because your attorney will ensure all procedures are precisely followed. They know the law and they know the process.
In addition to filing the right documents at the right time, your attorney will also take care of sending correspondence to the other parties involved. Sometimes, all it takes is a demand letter to get negotiations on track, especially if your attorney knows exactly what to say in the letter to incentivize the insurance company to enter into a settlement discussion. You may not know how to interact with the other parties as effectively to get the response you need.
If you’ve been injured due to the actions or inaction of another person, you deserve justice. Contact Cannon & Associates in Oklahoma to schedule your initial consultation and find out how we fight for victims’ rights