A personal injury attorney is your legal representative and best asset to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. The legal process is ever evolving and changing the true process of handling, negotiation, and ultimately litigating and personal injury case if much different from what you might see on a law tv show. Navigating a personal injury case without the legal expertise of an attorney is definitely not advised.
An experienced attorney has years of training in the legal process and provides you with the knowledge necessary to navigate this unfamiliar territory. The hiring of an attorney allows you to focus on your own recovery and treatment.
Just like you would seek the treatment of a doctor after sustaining a serious injury and not just try to treat yourself, it is the same with your personal injury case. It is always best to let an attorney guide you through this confusing process.
If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in a serious injury, permanent disability or even death; if there is a question as to who is at fault or you are having difficulty with the insurance company denying, lowballing or dragging their feet on the handling of your case or you just aren’t comfortable with the process itself, hiring an experienced attorney will most certainly be your best course of action.
Unfortunately, and I know this from personal experience, insurance companies would much rather settle a case without the involvement of an attorney. Therefore, the hiring of an attorney is definitely time sensitive. Keep in mind that the insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters who begin evaluating your claim right away. They quickly obtain statements and evidence and because of this, it is essential you retain legal counsel immediately to level the playing field.
Time is definitely of the essence when making the decision to hire an attorney and a good example of this deals with the limited time you have to file a lawsuit. In the State of Florida, plaintiffs have a limited time in which to file a lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations. This is the period of time dictated by a statute of limitations that begins when the plaintiff is injured or discovers the injury. Within that timeframe, you must find a law firm that provides the attorney-client relationship that feels right to you and initiate your lawsuit.
Once you start the lawsuit you are no longer limited to a timeframe but if you wait and exceed this timeframe, you can no longer pursue you case. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is 4 years from the date the accident occurs. The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim is less at only two years from the date the accident occurs. Therefore, the best course of action is to act quickly and not wait.
Let’s be honest, a lot can happen in those various timeframes and waiting to the last minute can make it extremely difficult to obtain witnesses, records and other items essential to the successful litigation of your case. Do yourself and your case a favor and don’t delay in seeking an attorney if you have been harmed.