Is getting an attorney for a personal injury claim worth it?

I got in an accident riding passenger in a car, it got totaled and I have 3 bulging discs in my back, granted I am 19 years old and my ATV riding is over with, also I can’t have any kind of labor job due to the discs in my back, the insurance company is offering me ,000 but my unpaid hospitol bills will take half of that. I just need some advice on where to go from here and what would be best.

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10 Responses to Is getting an attorney for a personal injury claim worth it?

  1. David M says:

    Yes, this is worth getting an attorney for. If your medicals bills are $5,000, the settlement amount in my state should be $15,000 for that alone. On top of that, you should get damages for pain and suffering. On top of that, you should get damages for any future medical expenses. And-in addition-if you have a permanent impairment, that’s additional damages. Let me put it this way–it’s at least worth TALKING to an attorney about what your damages should be. Attorneys have access to a service called "jury verdict research" that is specific to your state and county. A local attorney would be able to tell you if what the case is worth. I’m a lawyer, but I’ve never done personal injury cases. The attorney fees come out of the settlement, so you’ll lose 1/3 to attorney fees. Therefore, it needs to be worth at least $16-20,000 to make it valuable to use a lawyer.

  2. Job1000 says:

    get an attorney & sue the crap out of them. Remember…………..Insurance companies have more money than you do. You will probably be screwed for life

  3. t.s says:

    seek legal aid straight away the insurance company is trying to get out of it lightly, also make sure it is one that deals with personal injury as l used one once that was a all rounder and got really ripped, do it now… also you can go a no win no pay aid so you are not out of pocket

  4. corgiesrule says:

    Go to a personal injury lawyer who only charges if he wins. Make sure to check with several because the rate can vary from 1/3 to 1/2 of your settlement. You should be compensated for your medical expenses, and future loss of earnings plus pain and suffering.

  5. rogueriverbob says:

    go to a lawyer,…..do not talk with the insurance company again, let your lawyer do that,…..the insurance company officers you $10,000, they know you can get more with a lawyer,and a trial,…..good luck to you,…..

  6. Hillary says:

    I used to be a paralegal for a personal injury firm, and I think it’s best to have a lawyer. I’ll explain my reasons.

    First, they don’t get paid up front — or you can always find one who won’t get paid until you do. This is good for you because a) you probably don’t have it after being injured and missing work; and b) you know they’re going to work hard to get you money, because more for you means more for them. And if they can’t win the case, you don’t pay them. It works out nicely.

    Second, any kind of case with medical records and injuries, and dealing with insurance companies and hospitals, frankly takes a lot of time, a lot of money up front for documents, a lot of wrestling with insurance mumbo-jumbo and a lot of research. There are well-trained professional paralegals and clerks who get paid to do nothing but learn about your injuries — and they do it very well. It’s good to have them on your side.

    Third, believe that the insurance company as well as the person at fault will have lawyers, and you should, too. Technically, the law is supposed to look at everyone equally, whether they have representation or not, but if you have a lawyer who knows the system (and the judges and other lawyers), plus just someone who knows the language and the legal framework, you’ll be better off. Much better off. Another important thing that attorneys do that most of us generally don’t do is they ask for everything possible in the pleadings, and cases represented with attorneys are much more likely to settle for more money out of court. Trust me, it’s worth it.

  7. Daniel C says:

    You have lifelong debilitating injuries and they’re offering you ten grand INCLUDING medical bills? Get an attorney.

  8. Tom's World says:

    First off, don’t sign a damn thing for anybody. Not even your Mom. If you have signed something already you may have screwed yourself. Lets hope not

    Second, contact an attorney that specializes in auto accident cases. The phone book is full of them. Present your case to one of them. They will tell whether you or not you have a good injury case. Sounds as if you might.

    Send me your address so I can send you my bill. Ho Ho

  9. teddy says:

    I can tell you ,please do your home work first and shop for a good lawyer who specializes in just that.I went through the same thing and i did not get a dime,it all went toward med fees and lawyers fees.PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE I cant stress this enough when and if you sue them make sure the lawyer have them pay all your medical bills,I thought the lawyer i had gotten made them pay everything ,but guess what i now have bad credit due to all the bills werent payyed and now im payying for it even when it wasnt no fault of mine….the lawer rec’d his money and some and not all the bills were payyed .it went straight to the credit bru.So please take your time and get a great lawyer that will make sure you are well taken care of,you deserve it.Dont let what happen to me happen to you. Good luck.

  10. Pete says:

    Definitely get an attorney that specializes in P.I. cases. The responses of David and Hillary are especially on point. But one thing none of them mentioned is to avoid exceeding the statute of limitations. This is the time you have to sue someone after the accident. In a lot of states it’s only 1 year from the date of the accident to the time you serve them. The insurance company may draw you into a "negotiation" by yourself hoping you won’t know about this, and will blow through it, thinking you are making progress on your own. So, get an attorney ASAP!!! Believe me, in your type of case it is definitely worth it. Good luck.

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