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If you have been injured, you may wonder if you need to contact an attorney. Likely, you are suffering serious injuries, you may have medical costs piling up, or you may have missed days or weeks at work. Regardless of how severe or long-term your injuries are, it is always best to consult a professional.
There are dozens of situations that will require you to contact an attorney. While we cannot list them all, there are some definite red flags that indicate it is time to speak with a personal injury advocate.
1. You Have Long-Term, Disabling Injuries
If you are not going to fully recover from your injuries, you must contact an attorney. Only an attorney can ensure that you receive compensation for your long-term injuries, as well as the physical and emotional pain that correlates with those injuries. Also, if your injury will affect you for more than one year, you should speak with an attorney. An attorney can help calculate the true damages of your injury and ensure you are fully compensated.
2. Catastrophic Injuries
A person’s settlement is often determined by the seriousness of their injury. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you most likely will encounter a larger settlement than someone with minor injuries. But, you still need to contact an attorney. Insurance companies will downplay your injuries and look for opportunities to lower your settlement. An attorney knows how to negotiate in these matters and will also calculate expected medical costs, lost wages, and your overall pain and suffering so that you are fully compensated.
3. You Are the Victim of Malpractice
If you suspect that your injury is the result of medical malpractice, you need an attorney. Medical malpractice cases are highly complex and involve special rules. They are also extremely difficult to prove and you will most certainly need an attorney who has experience in malpractice claims.
4. Insurance Company Refuses to Settle
You have already taken matters into your own hands and tried to file a claim, but the insurer is ignoring your calls or operating in bad faith. Insurance companies are required by law to open an investigation and follow strict guidelines set by the state as well as the federal government. If the insurance company is bullying you, refusing to settle, or trying to lessen the settlement value, you need an attorney.
5. Product Defects are at Play
If your injury was the result of a defective product, you must contact an attorney. Defective products may have more than one defendant (e.g., manufacturer, designer, retailer, etc.). Also, there are special rules that apply to defect cases – and your case may end up in a class action suit depending on the circumstances. Therefore, it is best to consult with an attorney before filing a complaint with the manufacturer.
Injured? Always Contact an Attorney
Regardless of how minor or severe the injuries may be, you should always speak with an attorney. There is no risk for assessing your case’s viability with a professional, and most personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation so that you can fully explore your options.
After your injury, contact The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. to see what compensation you may be entitled to. Schedule a consultation now by calling 912-200-5292 or request your appointment online.