We are often asked by injury victims whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer right away or whether it might be better for the injury victim to try to resolve the case first without a lawyer.
There are some cases - particularly when injuries are not very serious or there is only property damage - when it makes sense for an injury victim to try resolving the case on their own. In these cases, however, an injury victim should first consult with a qualified injury lawyer to determine how best to proceed and to learn the fair value of their case. An honest lawyer will always tell you when are better off trying to resolve the case yourself, and will give you this advice for free.
In cases involving injuries, especially those involving a hospital visit and ongoing medical treatment, hiring a qualified injury lawyer early on is extremely important to protecting your rights and to ensure recovery of the full amount you are entitled to.
In evaluating whether you should obtain legal help now or wait until later, the question should be whether there is anything a lawyer can do now to protect you rights that a lawyer would not be able to do as effectively later on. The answer to this question depends on the circumstances. Generally speaking, however, the sooner you get help from a qualified lawyer the better.
First, there may be issues involving the statute of limitations. If you do not resolve your claim before the expiration of the statute of limitation, you may lose all of your rights related to your claim. Statutes of limitation can sometimes be very complicated and a qualified lawyer can help make sure that your rights don’t expire.
Second, it is important to preserve as much evidence related to your accident as possible. This may include obtaining statements from police officers who responded to the accident scene, other witnesses, and medical providers. Acting quickly will help ensure that witnesses remember as much as possible and often makes it easier to locate witnesses. Additionally, the insurance company is likely conducting its own investigation. Experienced injury lawyers often find it helpful to speak to the witnesses before the insurance company does.
Third, having legal representation soon after your accident can help ensure that medical providers are creating and maintaining records of your injuries in a way that truly reflects the impact the accident has had on your life. We can help guide you through the complicated process of finding and working with the right health care providers in order for you to get healthy.
These are just a few reasons why consulting with a lawyer early on can help you avoid costly mistakes. Contact us anytime and we will answer your questions, free of charge.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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