Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
After an accident, your first instinct might be to handle your claim yourself. After all, lawyers cost money, and many people believe they can handle their dispute perfectly well without a lawyer’s assistance. Some people have even drafted a will using a computer program or handled their own divorce, which empowers them to think they can tackle their personal injury claim.
We think this is a mistake. An attorney can often get a client much more compensation than they would get while representing themselves. Below, we identify the prime benefits of working with a New York City personal injury attorney.
A Lawyer Handles all the Legal Work
Were you badly injured in your accident? If so, your days might be busy going from doctor to doctor or seeing a physical therapist for rehab. If you try to tackle your personal injury claim yourself, you will never have the chance to let your body fully heal. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can focus 100% on your recovery and your family.
A Lawyer Can Determine the Value of Your Case
● Under New York law, an accident victim can possibly receive compensation for:
● Medical care, including future medical care
● Lost wages, including future loss of earning capacity
● Property damage
● Pain and suffering
This last one—pain and suffering—can be the most difficult to determine. The term refers to the non-economic losses someone suffers in an accident, such as physical pain, mental anguish, inconvenience, depression, and an overall reduction in quality of life.
It is harder to put a value on pain and suffering since there is no receipt or bill that identifies the amount you should receive. Using their experience, personal injury attorneys can estimate the amount that a client should receive.
A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer Can Aggressively Negotiate a Settlement
It is unlikely that an insurer will immediately make a fair initial offer to settle the dispute. Instead, many insurers offer only peanuts and hope that an injured victim is so scared that they will quickly accept the offer.
When a lawyer represents you, you can be sure you won’t settle for too little money. Instead, the lawyer can negotiate effectively to increase the amount of compensation offered. A lawyer will also understand when to hold out for more money and how to counter the tricks that insurance companies use.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Protect Your Legal Rights
New York victims have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after an accident. If you wait too long, a judge will dismiss the case, and you will walk away from an accident with no money. An attorney not only knows the deadline for filing suit (which can be found in the relevant statute of limitations), but he or she can also file the correct paperwork in the correct court. Learning court rules is too complicated for most people, who might make a critical error.
Speak with a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman is one of the oldest injury firms in New York City. We have recovered over $800 million for our clients and have helped hundreds of injured people just like you. To learn more about how we can help, please schedule a free consultation by calling 212-285-3300 or completing our contact form.