Before a potential client ever steps foot in a lawyer’s office, they often ask themselves: Do I need a personal injury lawyer? Interestingly, it’s often better to pursue this question with a lawyer and to not try to answer it on your own.
That’s because every accident is different. Without understanding the specific details of the incident, there’s no way to tell which claims would benefit from the assistance of a lawyer and which ones can be handled directly with the insurance company or responsible party.
An experienced personal injury lawyer from Mithoff Law can help you determine the validity of your case and provide guidance on how you should proceed. However, as always, there is some important information you can keep in mind.
What types of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?
One thing you can do to better understand the answer to “Do I need a personal injury lawyer” before an initial consultation is to try to determine if there have been cases like yours in the past.
A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal services to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence of another person, company, government agency, or any entity. If your injury requires medical attention, caused pain or suffering, or affected your day-to-day life, then a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
We’ve helped Texas families rebuild their lives after an injury and are trial-ready to fight for cases involving:
- Brain injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective product injuries
- Medical malpractice
- And many more
Insurance companies and your case
After an accident, you may be contacted by an insurance company or agency that offers to assist you. While this might seem like an easy solution to speed up the process, working directly with an insurance company can create unforeseen issues.
For example, what you may believe to be an adequate settlement could truly only be a fraction of what you need for ongoing medical expenses, and may not consider pain and suffering damages in the settlement.
In addition, insurance companies may contest your injuries, in which case an expert would need to be hired and testify that your injury or injuries sustained were not preexisting but caused by the accident in question. Having a team of accident reconstruction experts and health professionals to support your claims is a major component of almost every winning case.
Mithoff Law works with accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals to address liability, causation, future, and present damages, and other pertinent issues.
How do I know what personal injury lawyer to choose?
A consultation, whether by phone or in-person, gives you the chance to ask questions and test out the relationship to see if they’re a good fit. It also provides the opportunity for a case evaluation to determine if the initial claims processes should proceed.
Some questions we recommend you asking include:
- How long have you been working as a personal injury lawyer?
- Knowing some details of my accident, do you believe we have a case?
- What is your procedure for gathering evidence?
- Do you have access to subject matter experts?
- Do you always prepare for trial?
- Has your law firm handled cases similar to mine in the past?
For more information about what questions to ask your personal injury lawyer, check out our article on “How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer.”
Do I need a personal injury lawyer? Ask Mithoff Law
The best place to get an answer to the question, “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?” from a trusted personal injury lawyer.
When you are looking to hire a lawyer, the best place to start is often through a referral from trusted sources or through trusted sites on the Internet. Richard Mithoff of Mithoff Law has been twice recognized as a Forbes Top 10 personal injury lawyers and the lawyers in our firm have been recognized as Super Lawyers for many years in a row. We are known for handling high-profile, complex, ground-breaking cases that have had ramifications for Houstonians outside of the courtroom.
To set up a free consultation with Mithoff Law, call 713-645-1122 or contact us online today.
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