Accidents, Injuries and Lawsuits - Why Consult an Attorney


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If you are ever injured in an accident, you may have to commence a lawsuit to recover compensation for such damages as lost wages, medical expenses, physical therapy expenses, pain, suffering and perhaps the costs to have future medical treatment or surgery. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer is critical to your best interests, because the process of recovering for personal injuries suffered in accidents can be complicated, time-consuming and contentious.

Insurance companies are often, if not always, the party responsible for paying compensation for personal injuries. You can be certain that the interests of insurers do not coincide with yours. Knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can deal with insurance adjusters and claims managers to ensure that you are protected and just compensation is obtained. Your lawyers will conduct their own investigation of the accident, interview witnesses, obtain medical records, monitor your treatment and rehabilitation, consult with doctors and surgeons to obtain information necessary to describe and evaluate the severity of your injuries, and, when necessary, bring to bear experts to advance your claim.

A skilled personal injury attorney can be expected to understand the areas of law applicable to the circumstances surrounding your accident. For example, if you are injured in a car accident, the No-Fault Law governs if and how you can bring a lawsuit. Injuries suffered while at work may involve intricate questions interpreting the Labor Law or Workers Compensation Law. A slip or fall at the grocery store will invoke the rules of law applicable to premises liability. If you were injured by a defective product, product liability principles would be in play. In short, the circumstances surrounding your accident often dictate the applicable law that must be implemented on your behalf.

An experienced personal injury attorney will also be your best source for estimating the value of your case. What, or who caused the accident? Did you contribute in any way to the occurrence of the accident? What is the nature of your injuries? Are they permanent in nature? Chronic? Severe? Will you require medical treatment in the future? Will you need ongoing therapy for your injuries? What opinion or diagnosis is the doctor willing to give, and will you need a doctor to testify at your trial? At Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, cases are frequently round tabled within the Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice Group to draw upon the knowledge and experience of the entire team.

Personal injury claims are serious business and you want to be sure you are well-guided through the complexities of settlement or lawsuits. Protect your best interests and seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney.