Appropriate Compensation: How Can an Attorney Affect the Outcome of Your Case?
Having sustained an injury is a shock to your body. All of a sudden, you can no longer take care of yourself properly and being confined to your bed may even take away your ability to go to work and pay the bills (unless you’re working from home, that is). If someone has wronged you and your current situation is a direct result of their negligent behavior, you should stand up for yourself and have them brought before justice. By having the judge decide in your favor, you’ll receive compensation not only for your injuries, but for any income lost in the process as well. Of course, there are other reasons to hire a qualified attorney to assist you:
- Their investigative means
Every personal injury case is unique, but they are similar in the sense of the need to review documents, question witnesses, etc. While you can certainly do your part and help your attorney by gathering all the necessary documents and safely storing them from the very get go, there’s often more than needs to be done. They’re going to need to be checked for validity and someone should interrogate the witnesses, to name one example. Since you’re probably in no shape to do this yourself, an attorney could help you out, as well as make sure their statements are aligned to help your case, as opposed to being detrimental to it.
- The way they represent you in court
Arguments, while absolutely essential, are not enough to prevail in a court of law. It’s also about knowing the ins and outs of the local rules and regulations, so whenever there’s a law that clearly says you’ve been wronged, an attorney will be able to identify it and point it out. While anyone witty enough can present a good argument, the power of working with an attorney is that they will represent you by lending you their knowledge of the law and present all the evidence in a manner that will lead you towards victory.
- Your attorney has an unbiased point of view
It’s hard to contain your emotions when someone has hurt you due to being negligent, and your best judgment can suffer as a result. Your attorney, on the other hand, isn’t as emotionally invested in the case as you are, even though it’s in the best interest of both to do everything in order to secure a victory. However, you attorney is positioned to make much more rational decisions and be able to see things in a more objective manner than you. This way, you’ll receive an unbiased advice on how to proceed in order to maximize your chances of success.
- Knowing the formal requirements
When it comes to personal injury cases, there are formal requirements in terms of having to fill out the right forms, knowing the deadlines, etc. Unless you’re an experienced personal injury yourself, knowing all the formal requirements and all the legal technicalities is next to impossible. To complicate things a bit more, there are multiple types of personal injuries, with each of them requiring a unique approach; according to BarrilleauxLaw.com, there are slip and fall cases, traffic accidents, workplace injuries, etc. Are you truly knowledgeable enough to undertake this on your own?
- Their experience helps them make the necessary adjustments
A personal injury lawyer has seen it all and knows the best industry practices. To give an example of what this means in practice, too many people try to go about it alone and make numerous mistakes along the way, with the main one being shooting too low and asking for less than they deserve just to secure the victory at all costs. Sometimes, they are even willing to settle out of court for way less they’d otherwise receive by letting things escalate. An attorney, on the other hand, knows where the limits are and knows what is the most likely to happen in court. They will be able to offer some solid advice on how much you should ask for and whether settling out of court is a reasonable move to make given the unique specifications of your case.
- No victory, no payment
In other words, most personal injury lawyers work on contingency basis, which means they won’t be getting a penny for their efforts unless they actually lead you to victory in court. Rather, they will be taking a fixed percentage from the winnings, and the height of the number can easily be agreed on in advance. Not only does it mean you won’t need to worry about paying anything upfront, such a payment structure is also designed to motivate them to do their best to secure a victory for you. Just think about it this way; if they don’t win, they won’t earn a dime, thus making them as motivated as they can be to bring out their best.
- They know what they can expect from the opposing party
Whether you’re dealing with an individual or a legal entity such as insurance companies, your attorney will likely know all about the tactics they might be trying to resort to in order to shake things up and undermine your statements. By using their experience, they can help you avoid getting caught in a trap and make a mistake that could jeopardize your case in court. For example, if you’re trying to prove that the quality of your life had gone downhill as a result of the injuries you sustained, the opposing party may resort to underhanded tactics such as snooping on your social media to prove the opposite is the case. As such, an attorney can warn you not to do certain things if the case has not yet seen a conclusion, thus helping stack up the odds in your favor.
Thinking about trying to save money on legal matters is a fool’s errand – it could easily cost you more than it’s worth. Hiring an attorney will allow you to take advantage of all the benefits we’ve discussed and remain stress-free until the case is resolved. In the end, trying to represent yourself in court without the aid of an attorney can quickly lead to disaster, and the opposing side is likely to use it to their advantage. Clearly, you are not going to let them, are you?