If you have suffered an injury in an accident or due to the negligence of another person, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. If you are hurt at work, injured in an auto accident, slip and fall while on someone else's property, or if someone intentionally and wrongfully injures you, you need an attorney to protect your rights and help you get the compensation that you deserve. Knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can help you collect and save evidence, communicate with the other parties involved, and can ensure that you take the action that is in your best interest. You should also contact an attorney if you believe that someone will file a personal injury lawsuit against you due to an injury that occurred on your property or an accident that may have happened due to your negligence.
Many people delay in contacting an attorney because they mistakenly believe that hiring an attorney will be too expensive. Although attorneys fees vary depending on location, complexity of your case, and the attorney's experience, many lawyers offer free initial consultations. A free consultation allows you to meet with an attorney, discuss your case, and get an idea of how much an attorney will cost. You are not obligated to hire that attorney after receiving a free consultation, which means that you have nothing to lose by requesting a free consultation. Personal injury lawyers frequently allow injured parties to pay nothing up front to hire the lawyer if the client agrees that the lawyer can take a percentage of any damages awarded at the end of the case. This type of contingency fee agreement is advantageous because it allows you to hire a lawyer without having to pay from your own pocket at the beginning of the case.
Failing to hire a lawyer may have monetary and emotional costs. Personal injury attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable and know how to protect clients' rights. If you wait too long to contact a lawyer, evidence and witnesses may disappear, meaning that your claim might not be as strong as it was earlier in the case. The law also limits your time to file a personal injury claim, so it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as you know that you are injured.