When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?

When you think of lawyers and the legal profession, what do you picture? Is it a prosecutor arguing that a defendant should be sent to jail for having committed a crime? Is it a lawyer arguing on behalf of a parent seeking custody of their child or child support, or to keep an abusive ex from harassing them?  Each of these professionals are attorneys but they are involved with widely disparate types of cases. A personal injury attorney specifically addresses the issue of negligence, helping people who have suffered significant damage or harm as a result of the disregard or carelessness of another person or entity.  If you have suffered a loss, expense, disruption, pain or grief as a result of somebody else’s action or lack of action, a personal injury attorney can help.

Personal injuries run a wide gamut of events and outcomes. They may be dog bites or automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries or dangerous or defective products. What unites them is that they are caused by somebody else’s carelessness, lack of regard or misconduct and they have created some kind of substantive cost or harm for you.

Though you may be hesitant about contacting a personal injury attorney after suffering a loss or injury, they are the professionals who are best equipped both to let you know whether you have a claim that is worth pursuing and to help you to do so. Many people think that contacting a personal injury attorney is not worth the cost, not realizing that most of these professionals work on what is known as a contingency basis. This means that they get paid based upon the outcome that they achieve on your behalf, with no money leaving their clients’ pockets. Because this is the way that they work, a personal injury attorney will be honest as to whether or not a case is worthy of pursuit, and once you’ve agreed to work with them they will work diligently on your behalf.

There are some instances where you may be able to represent yourself in the pursuit of the damages that you’re owed. This is especially true when an insurance company is involved and the compensation that you are seeking is relatively small, enough to pay to have your vehicle repaired or for minor and finite medical expenses. But if your insurance company rejects your claim or is offering insufficient funds to cover your losses or expenses, or if your situation involves issues such as medical malpractice, a defective product, or some other area not easily addressed, a personal injury attorney will be able to help you determine whether you’re being treated fairly or whether it’s time to bring in professional assistance to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Jensen Bagnato today!