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If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or breach of duty, and feel that you may have a personal injury lawsuit, you may be tempted to represent yourself in court and thereby save yourself all that money in attorney fees. This may be true if your case is simple and straightforward. Most personal injury cases, however, require the assistance of a professional attorney. The law is complicated and the average person, trying unsuccessfully to weave their way through its mazes, may actually end up harming their case.

If you pursue a personal injury lawsuit, you will have to deal with insurance companies and their claims adjusters. These employees' sole purpose is to save their company every penny possible, and they will resort to psychological trickery in order to do so. After your injury or accident, you will most likely be contacted by someone from the insurance company, who will try to get a full statement on tape in order to use your taped statements against you later, in court. They will also try to offer you compensation or get you to sign an agreement not to litigate. Although the claims adjuster will seem kind and compassionate, and although the deal they offer may sound like a good one, you should never agree to anything or even make a statement to an insurance company before you speak with an attorney.

Hiring a personal injury attorney will ensure not only that you are treated fairly within the system, but also that you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. A personal injury attorney will handle all communications with the insurance company, saving you the hassle of dealing with them. Your attorney will also line up expert witnesses, fill out court paperwork, file documents, and explain the whole process to you in terms you can understand. If your injury or illness is ongoing, your attorney can connect you with health care providers who will wait for payment but still give you the treatment you deserve.

Personal injury law, which falls under tort law, encompasses a broad range of situations, including--but not limited to-- slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, automotive accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, exposure to toxic chemicals, wrongful death, libel, slander, false arrest and false imprisonment. If you have been injured or harmed due to the negligence of a company, group, or individual, you may have a personal injury lawsuit and may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, potential loss of future wages, and pain and suffering.

Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning that they will require no retainer or other payment up front. They take your case because they believe they can win it, and will ask for remuneration only after they do so. Usually, the attorney's fees are a portion of your award. Some states cap attorney's fees. There may also be court fees and costs to pay, as well as fees to any witnesses who testify on your behalf. Make sure that you understand all payment procedures before you agree to contract with an attorney, and don't hesitate to ask questions about payment or any other issue you may not understand during your consultation with the attorney.

Since you want the most qualified professional representing you in your personal injury suit, check that any prospective attorney is a member in good standing of the bar association in your state and the American Bar Association. Some states require that personal injury lawyers be certified, and/or take continuing education courses in their field of specialization. All of these factors should be considered when you are choosing an attorney to take your case. Additionally, since these lawsuits often stretch out over years, you'll want to choose an attorney with whom you feel comfortable building a working relationship.


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