When Do I Need A Lawyer For My Personal Injury Claim?

personal-injuryBesides giving you some peace of mind about your case, hiring a personal injury attorney can also be extremely helpful in moving the case forward. Sometimes, the threat of an attorney or having an attorney present can make it clear to the insurance company that you are serious. In cases where there are complex legalities or severe injuries, too, it’s recommended that you retain legal counsel. Here are some common scenarios where it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney.

Permanently Disabling and Long-Term Injuries

It is really difficult to determine on your own how much a long-term or serious injury is worth. There are a lot of factors that go into a personal injury claim, but an attorney with experience should be able to help you navigate the waters.

Medical Malpractice

Most physicians and healthcare facilities have invested a lot of money in their resources for handling malpractice claims. The legal procedures and medical questions involved in a malpractice claim are extremely complex, too. If you want to ensure that your rights are well-represented in a medical malpractice case, you need to hire an attorney.  An attorney will also be informed about important deadlines in your case, increasing the chances that you file all appropriate paperwork in a timely manner.

When The Insurance Company Denies Payment

If you have been injured, it is possible that the involved government agency or insurance company will refuse to provide you with a fair settlement offer. If this is happening to you, it might be worth retaining a lawyer to help negotiate a more reasonable offer. As mentioned above, sometimes even the threat of an attorney can cause an agency or insurance company to reconsider their approach.

Toxic Exposure

In the range of personal injury cases, toxic exposure claims can be some of the most difficult to work with. In order to fight a case like this, you will need expert knowledge and scientific data. You are much better off hiring an attorney who has experience in this field. He or she will be able to help you find expert witnesses and review any available data. When the other party realizes that you are taking the claim seriously, you are more likely to get a good settlement offer. If you are not able to get an offer outside of court, you should always have an attorney on hand to help you prepare for trial.

Personal Injury

personal-injuryWhenever someone is injured on your property, in your business or in your service, the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit is raised.  Few things are more intimidating and stressful than a personal injury lawsuit, as it brings with it feelings of guilt and personal responsibility that can lead to poor decisions.  The guidance of an experienced attorney and mediator can ensure that any business or individual in Oakland or Alameda County, California can protect themselves from the entire category of personal injury litigation: premises liability, slip and fall injuries, products liability, personal injury stemming from vehicular accidents, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, sexual harassment, accusations of discrimination, even dog bites.

John S. Preston is the man to contact in the event that personal injury mediation or representation is needed.  He understands that the key to personal injury cases is not always the letter of the law or the legal precedent – it’s in the research, diligence, and investigation of the case.  Many cases of personal injury are settled over the discovery of key evidence that can cast a new light on circumstances.

If investigation does not help, a thoughtful and expert mediation process can often prevent a costly and damaging court battle.  John Preston has acted in this role many times over the course of his thirty-five years in practice.  His deep connection to the local community and his vast experience in all facets of personal injury law make him an ideal arbitrator for these cases.  Mediation can save time, money, and stress when conducted properly.

Whether an incident involves your business or employees or your personal property, whether it involves alleged negligence or malice, John S. Preston understands the issues and can assist in any aspect of a personal injury case, from litigation to mediation.

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