After an accident that causes you injuries and other damages, you might be considering all your options for your next steps to take. One of those options is likely hiring a personal injury lawyer. This could be helpful when you’ve suffered financial losses as a result of someone else’s negligence and want to hold them accountable for what they’ve caused you.
Before you do that, though, you could be left wondering what a personal injury lawyer does and what they handle. At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we want you to understand what our attorneys do so you can make a fully informed decision in your legal claim.
Let’s take a look at what personal injury lawyers handle and how they can help you recover compensation for what you’ve suffered.
Cases Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
One of the first things you’re probably thinking of when considering hiring a personal injury lawyer is if they will handle a claim like what happened to you. In many cases, the answer is yes. When your accident happened in Georgetown, the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you through a legal claim. Here are some of the personal injury cases we handle:
If you don’t see what happened to you listed here, don’t worry. We still might be able to take your case. That’s why it’s important to reach out to a lawyer to ask questions. We could discuss your potential claim in your first meeting, which is a free consultation.
In a consultation meeting, you can ask all your questions and we can work together to determine how we can help you. There are many aspects of personal injury claims that a lawyer handles for you so that you don’t have to worry about them. Let’s look at what some of those aspects are so that you know exactly what kind of support you’ll be getting.
What They Do for You in Your Claim
Personal injury claims have lots of parts to them. As a regular person, especially if this is your first time, you could get overwhelmed trying to handle everything on your own. The physical and emotional injuries you’re trying to recover from can also add to the stress and complication of filing a claim against a negligent party.
That’s why it’s so important to hire a personal injury lawyer—they’ll handle the legal side of things so that you can focus on healing and have peace of mind. Here are just some of the tasks that personal injury attorneys handle when you hire them to represent you:
- Advising you on your rights
- Collecting evidence, like medical records, lost wages, photos of the scene, and other evidence from an accident or other injury-causing scenario
- Investigating what happened
- Speaking with witnesses
- Hiring experts for testimonies and reconstructions
- Calculating what you’re owed in compensation
- Negotiating a settlement
- Speaking with insurance companies for you, or helping you know what to say and what not to say
- Notifies parties that they represent you and sends formal letters when necessary
- Knows which documents they need from you and what they need to request to build your case
- Has legal knowledge that guides them through what they need to do next and any other steps they might take to build your case
You might initially think that it would be easier to move forward in a legal claim without hiring an attorney, but that’s not true. All these tasks listed above, and many more, are what lawyers do behind the scenes in a personal injury claim. Even the most competent citizen still likely wouldn’t know to do all of these, or know how to effectively, because they’re not a lawyer.
You should trust your personal injury attorney to handle all of this for you so that you can have the strongest claim possible. You deserve justice for what happened to you, and hiring a lawyer is the best step to get that.
When You Need the Help of an Attorney
Looking at all this information can be intimidating, and could leave you wondering if you really do need the help of a lawyer. As a general rule, if you’re wondering if you need the help of an attorney, you probably do. Or at least it would be beneficial to consult one about your situation.
When you avoid hiring an attorney when you could really use the help of one, you can sometimes cause yourself more trouble in the long run. Since you don’t know the ins and outs of local, state, and federal law, it could cause your case more damage than it’s worth. Knowing that you need legal help from a personal injury lawyer ensures that you have the strongest case possible.
Still, you might want some solid things to look for to know when you need the help of an attorney. Here are some signs:
- You were in an accident that caused personal injury or property damage
- You’re dealing with your own or another person’s insurance company
- You’ve been denied coverage from insurance
- You don’t know who caused your accident
- The accident has led to further expenses
All of these are great reasons that you should be seeking the help of an attorney. Whether you’re sure you need one or you’re still questioning if the accident was severe enough for a legal dispute, it can be helpful to speak to a lawyer either way. That way, you know what you need to do and can prepare for a legal claim if necessary.
The Law Office of Todd W. Burris Is Here for You
You shouldn’t have to go through your personal injury claim on your own. That’s why the Law Office of Todd W. Burris is here to help you. Our personal injury attorneys have experience representing victims and getting them the full and fair settlement they deserve. Reach out today so we can get started on your claim.