Why You Should Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
Posted in Firm News on May 5, 2015
Car and bicycle accidents, slips and falls, injuries in apartment complexes, and hit and run accidents are all sure to ruin a person’s entire week. Between doctor visits, mechanic appointments, and calls to the insurance company, the aftermath of any accident is almost more stressful than the accident itself. Personal injury lawsuits are a common path to recovery for many people involved in these accidents and others like them.
An estimated 150,322 personal injury lawyers are currently practicing in the United States, according to IBIS World research. Their goal is to help people who find themselves filing personal injury lawsuits recover damages such as medical bills and the costs of car repairs. While personal injury lawsuits carry the stigma of an unscrupulous person feigning illness to make money, that is rarely the case. Most plaintiffs simply want to get their normal life back after an accident or other incident where they have been significantly injured.
Personal injury attorneys serve as a liaison between the plaintiff and the insurance companies, helping their clients fill out paperwork and correctly file their claims. Depending on the situation, some insurance companies are unwilling to cover the costs of medical treatments, especially in car and bike accidents, where the at-fault party can be difficult to determine. Automobile accidents account for the majority of personal injury lawsuits in the United States.
In many cases, the insurance company is too busy to go to court to fight the lawsuit, and 96% of personal injury cases are settled out of court. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 60% of auto accident suits are won by the plaintiff, as well. If you have been involved in an auto accident or other incident and feel that the insurance company is responsible for your damages, consult a personal injury attorney as soon as you can to find out what your options are.