How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help My Case?
If you have been in an auto accident, you may wonder if you need an attorney or if you can handle your case yourself. While not every accident requires professional legal assistance, an attorney can help make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries
One of the most important things a lawyer can do is value your case. He or she can help you develop an understanding of you how much you should be able to collect for your injuries. This is a complicated calculation as no two cases are the same. An attorney will look at previous, similar cases from the same area to value your case. In addition, an attorney will estimate the future medical treatment you will likely require.
The attorney will also look at your job and potential earning capacity as well as the severity of your injuries. Damages for pain and suffering is loosely tied to the amount of medical costs you have incurred.
Insurance Companies and Experts
A lawyer will also be able to negotiate with insurance companies. Because a personal injury lawyer knows how much your case is worth and knows how much it will cost to take your case to trial, he or she will know what a fair settlement amount is and will accept nothing less. The insurance company has lawyers, and you should too.
Finally, an attorney will have a network of expert witnesses that could be required if your case goes to trial. Doctors, accident reconstructionists, and economists are among the experts that are typically called to testify in an auto accident case.
When to Seek Professional Legal Help
You should consult with a lawyer if you have been in an accident that caused you or your loved one serious bodily injury. You should also contact an attorney if:
- The accident has taken you away from your job;
- The accident has damaged your ability to continue on your career path;
- You believe you will not make a full recovery;
- The accident has left you with large medical bills;
- You now have scars or disfigurement;
- You have been left with mental or emotional difficulties;
- You rely on family for care and support; or
- You believe the insurance company is not being fair with you.
If you are unsure if your case requires legal representation, you should call a lawyer. Our firm offers free initial consultations so there is no obligation when you call.
Contingency Fee Arrangement
For most personal injury cases, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not pay unless and until they receive a settlement or a damage award by the court.
When we accept cases on a contingency fee basis, it means that we believe that your case will be successful. Many victims of accidents come to use with little money to spend on legal fees. Without this contingency fee arrangement, they would not be able to be compensated for injuries that were not their fault. We believe that if someone else is at fault for your injuries, you should not be kept from recovering because you cannot afford to pay upfront legal fees.
Contact a San Jose, CA Personal Injury Attorney
If you would like the representation of an attorney, you should reach out to our attorneys as soon as possible. Contact an experienced San Jose car accident lawyer at Janoff Law and get the guidance you need. Call 408-286-2300 to schedule an appointment today.