If you have been involved in an accident that harmed you physically, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you usually need a Winchester personal injury lawyer to help you gather the necessary documents, so you can file an injury claim. Although there are a few instances you may not need a lawyer, it is in your best interest to work with one.
Your Accident Resulted from Another Party’s Negligence
Your personal injury claim’s strength depends on your ability to prove the other party involved acted negligently and caused your injury. Establishing negligence involves showing that the at-fault party owed the victim a duty of care, this party did not comply with this duty, and such failure resulted in the victim’s injuries. As a victim, you need to follow the right procedures to get the compensation you deserve and present the necessary evidence. This process can be a tough one and a great attorney can help you navigate it to help you get fair compensation.
You Sustained Serious Injuries
You can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit even if your injuries are not catastrophic. But, your injuries must be serious enough to require medical treatment including medications, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, surgery, rehab, or follow-up care. Your compensation will cover these expenses. In addition, if your injuries made it impossible for you to return to work or changed your quality of life, you must talk to an attorney to know your legal options.
You Have Been Pressured to Accept a Settlement Offer
Insurance companies will try to resolve your claim as quickly as possible, so they will make a settlement offer that is less than the value of your claim. If you accept this offer, you won’t be able to request additional compensation should your condition get worse in the future. Before you accept any offer from an insurance company, speak with an attorney first. In fact, it is often best to let your lawyer handle all communications with the at-fault party’s insurer. Your attorney will consider your future medical and financial needs including the amount of follow-up care you may need, your ability to return to work, and the impact of your injury on your capacity to take part in leisure activities you used to enjoy. To determine the value of your claim, your lawyer will consider factors such as the seriousness of your injury, whether you will get invasive or long-term treatment, whether you suffer from a permanent disability and pain and suffering, as well as whether you have been disfigured by your injury.