When you’re injured due to the negligence of another, whether it be in a car accident, a slip and fall, or another type of incident type, you maintain the right to bring a claim against the at-fault party. While some claims are straightforward–you simply need to file a claim with the appropriate insurance party–others are complicated, and are best navigated with the counsel of an experienced lawyer. If you’re unsure whether or not you should hire an attorney to assist you with your Massachusetts personal injury claim, consider these four signs that it’s definitely in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer–
- Your Injuries Are Serious
There’s a big difference between a few bruises and scrapes and a traumatic brain injury or another serious injury type. If you have suffered a serious injury, which is an injury that results in short- or long-term disability, chances are you’ll need a lawyer. The more serious an injury is, the more critical it is that you recover the compensation award that you deserve. What’s more, serious injuries are also associated with higher claim values, which means that there is a greater likelihood that an insurance adjuster will be reluctant to offer you the full settlement you deserve (insurance adjusters are focused on saving the insurance company money).
- You’re Not Sure Who’s at Fault
In order to win a personal injury claim, you need to prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the negligence of another party. But what if you’re not sure who was at fault, or what if there were multiple parties to blame?
If liability seems unclear–or if you yourself are being blamed for the accident–you should hire a lawyer. A lawyer can investigate your case and help get to the bottom of who’s responsible.
- Your Claim Has Been Denied
In the event that your claim is denied by an insurance company, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, doing so requires understanding the law and what an insurance company is looking for. When you hire a lawyer, your personal injury attorney will handle 100 percent of the appeals process on your behalf, and can even file a lawsuit directly against the responsible party if a settlement seems unlikely.
- You Have Large Bills that You’re Not Sure How You Will Pay
Injuries often mean large expenses, including lost wages, property damage expenses, and medical bills. If your bills are piling up and you have no way to pay them, it’s time to meet with a lawyer. A lawyer can offer you advice regarding how to manage your bills now, and can also help you to initiate the claims process to improve your chances of getting your settlement sooner rather than later.
Call Our Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured, you’re not alone. At the law firm of Tetzel Law, LLC, our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys are here to advocate for you. Call our law office today to learn more about how we can be of assistance. Reach us at (617) 933-3858 to get started.