When Should You Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?

By any measure, knowing when to call a personal injury lawyer in the aftermath of an accident that has left you injured is an important decision. When injured due to negligence, it’s not uncommon to feel angry, overwhelmed, or confused about what to do or what direction to take. There’s a good chance you’re getting advice from people you know and trust or from acquaintances who mean well, which may only add to the confusion. 

However, if you’re starting to receive calls from the negligent party’s insurance company or likely their attorneys, that’s a sure sign that you have been wronged and that they know it. It is not a courtesy call. Before you even know what to do, they want to pay you off to avoid awarding you the compensation you deserve. They know full well that most people are good-natured and, often, they are less likely to want to put themselves through any prolonged litigation or legal proceeding. After an injury, in general, people want to recover, put the incident behind them, and get on with their lives. In effect, the insurance company attorneys will use your disposition to their advantage to undercompensate you for your injuries. If there is any time to call a personal injury lawyer, it is then and now. You owe it to yourself and your family.  

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

The field of personal injury law is a complicated one. Without a sufficient background or experience in personal injury law, it is inadvisable under any circumstances to try to represent yourself after suffering injuries due to negligence. Keep in mind that the insurance company isn’t sending one of their office staff or the local agent to represent their interests. They are sending in a team of attorneys to represent their best interests. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge, expertise, experience, and skills to lobby for your rights. It’s important not to hire just any lawyer to represent you. A general law practice is far different from the specialized expertise required to practice personal injury law. 

Personal injury law encompasses a wide range of legal services dedicated to victims of accidents that result in injuries due to negligence caused by a person, company, entity, or public agency. No matter the type of injury, whether physical, emotional, and/or psychological, the practice of personal injury law requires a degree of expertise and knowledge where it counts most—in aiding, assisting, and representing the injured party to ensure they are awarded just compensation for their losses.   

It’s important to note that every personal injury claim is different. Each claim requires a unique approach to ensure a favorable outcome—the one you deserve. Hiring the right lawyer then can make a big difference in the success of your personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer brings expert knowledge and years of experience in personal injury and accident laws to assist and represent you in your claim – representation that is uniquely shaped by your circumstances. 

Calling an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free consultation will help you assess the pros and cons of your claim. You will receive expert advice on the merits of your claim as well as guidance on how to proceed. When or if a claim is filed, they will manage your case from that point forward. The insurance company attorneys can have no further contact with you by law. Your attorney will safeguard your interests and rights, gather evidence to support your claim, properly assess how the accident affected you on a physical and emotional level, as well as any damages to your property, for example, your car, and then quantify that assessment to make sure you receive just compensation. Above all, they will work to prove that the injuries and damages to your property were no fault of your own by providing the evidence and proof to ensure the outcome you deserve.

If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, contact the law firm of Hardy Wolf & Downing for a free consultation. Hardy Wolf & Downing is one of Maine’s leading personal injury law firms. What sets the firm apart from other law firms is that each lawyer at Hardy Wolf & Downing is well-schooled and experienced in personal injury law.