Is It Worth It to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a member of your family suffered physical injuries and property damage because of someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault party. While you are allowed to pursue compensation on your own, you might find out it is worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer who can focus on your case while you focus on your physical recovery.
If you choose to have a legal member from our team represent you, they can handle your case and make sure to fulfill the legal requirements of your case. Your lawyer may build a case for you that shows how the at-fault party owed you a duty of care and breached their responsibility. Your lawyer may also argue how the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injuries and that your injuries have financial consequences.
Once these elements of your claim are established, your lawyer may carefully evaluate your expenses and losses related to the accident and assign a financial value to your claim.
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You can choose to hire a lawyer to support you in your personal injury claim or lawsuit. When you begin working with a lawyer, their legal team may help you with your case by:
- Reviewing your medical records and bills
- Reviewing your police or incident report
- Obtaining and completing insurance forms
- Negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Representing you in court if a settlement cannot be reached
- Locating, identifying, and interviewing accident witnesses
You do not have to fight for financial recovery on your own. Your lawyer can assess your claim or lawsuit and assign it a monetary value. Your case’s monetary value may include the cost of treating your injuries, the income you lost because your injuries prevented you from working, and other expenses that stem from your accident.
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Value Your Compensation Claim
Assigning the right value to your compensation claim is critical. If your claim is miscalculated, you could receive a financial payout that does not accurately represent the financial damage the accident created.
Your personal injury lawyer may use your medical records and bills, employment records and salary history, and the cost to repair or replace your damaged vehicle to value the economic portion of your compensation claim.
Your lawyer may also assign a value to the noneconomic portions of your claim, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress since these values can be difficult to calculate.
Your economic and noneconomic recoverable damages may include:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Current loss of income
- Future loss of income
- Damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
If the at-fault party asserts that you are partially at fault for your injuries, your lawyer may build your case to negate this claim and show how you were not at fault for your injuries and losses. According to the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 1411, if the plaintiff is shown to be partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may get diminished by the percentage of fault they have.
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can File Your Lawsuit on Time
Building a comprehensive case file and preparing your claim can be time-consuming. As your lawyer prepares your personal injury claim, they will also make sure your potential lawsuit complies with the statute of limitations in New York should you need to pursue one. You generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to the New York Civil Practice Laws and Rules § 214.
The clock starts ticking on the day you are injured. If you do not file your claim in time, you risk being unable to file your claim at all and not being able to hold the at-fault party financially accountable for your injuries.
Your lawyer can make sure you do not run out of time to file your lawsuit or inadvertently relinquish your right to compensation. The sooner you contact the personal injury team at a local law firm, the more time your lawyer has to file your lawsuit on time.
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Support Your Compensation Claim
When you are ready to seek financial recovery from the person responsible for your personal injuries, a lawyer can bolster and support your claim. Are you considering representing yourself or trying to decide if it is worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you? Learn more about how a personal injury lawyer can benefit your compensation claim when you contact the case review team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, by calling (516) 358-6900 today.