While it isn’t unusual for potential clients to ask, “Do I really need a lawyer to help with my personal injury claim?” the fact is that not having experienced legal representation could hurt you and those you love in the long run.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we understand how these situations occur, and the devastating consequences they can have on the people involved.
You have a window of opportunity to get the compensation you need after an injury occurs, and failing to take the appropriate actions could threaten your physical health and financial security, both now and in the years to come.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 31 million people are seen in hospital emergency rooms as the result of personal injuries each year in the United States. These injuries prove fatal for as many as 130,000 victims.
Among the most common causes listed by the CDC for these injuries include motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, slips, trips, and falls, being struck by or against an object, and sports and recreational injuries. The most common types of injuries suffered include:
All of the above require ongoing medical care and treatment, often including physical rehabilitation. They can also prevent you from working or performing even simple tasks on your job, either on a temporary or permanent basis.
Hiring a lawyer to represent you in an accident claim can help ensure you get the care you need, preventing complications that can be potentially life-threatening. A lawyer can also help work to ensure that if your injuries result in lingering disabilities, you and your loved ones will be provided for.
In the aftermath of an accident, you may be approached by the insurance company for the at-fault party, requesting a statement and looking to settle your claim. It is important to remember that these companies are in business to make money, and that one of the main ways for them to do that is by either denying or lowballing claims. Among the ways these companies may attempt to do that include:
Before making any statements or signing any documents, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney first. In addition to helping you avoid mistakes that could cost you money, we can deal with the insurer on your behalf, so you can rest easy and focus on your recovery.
Rather than simply relying on the insurance adjuster’s appraisal, we conduct our own investigations, collecting evidence in support of your claim. This gives us an edge in negotiations, and helps to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
In cases where your insurance claim is denied or an appropriate settlement amount cannot be reached, it may be to your benefit to file a personal injury lawsuit through the Tennessee court system instead. We can help guide you throughout this process, taking care of all the details so you can focus on regaining your health.
Steps we may take in support of your claim include:
An additional advantage to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Nashville is that you may seek compensation for the pain, suffering, and mental anguish you endured as the result of your accident and injuries, as well as punitive damages meant to punish the at-fault party for particularly reckless or negligent conduct in exceptional cases.
Since we handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, you pay nothing unless we get compensation for you.
If you or someone you care about is injured in an accident or due to another’s reckless actions, contact Bill Easterly & Associates today. Our Nashville Bicycle Accident Lawyer are eager to begin working on your case immediately. Reach out to us and learn how we can be of assistance.