If you have been in a car accident and injured or suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you are likely dealing with a number of questions. You may be worried about paying for medical expenses or an unexpected loss of income as a result of your injuries.
There is no reason not to talk to a personal injury attorney since the initial consultation is normally free.
Relying on an insurance adjuster to provide you with information concerning your legal rights is likely a big mistake. Insurance companies do not have a legal duty in Michigan to provide you with accurate or complete information regarding your legal rights. Most insurers will only provide you with information if specifically asked about certain available benefits under the insurance policy. Worse yet, many insurers will record your conversation and you may make statements that could harm a potential personal injury claim or lawsuit.
The insurance company’s goal is to minimize your financial recovery and attempt to navigate through this process without an attorney is likely to fail.
Of course, you are not legally required to have a lawyer handle your personal injury claim. You could file all the necessary paperwork yourself and represent yourself in court. However, your chances for winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are much higher if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Without an experienced lawyer, it is likely you will make a mistake that is harmful to your case. You may need to bring in expert witnesses, analyze documents provided by the defendant, and provide evidence in court to prove your case. You will need to follow complex rules of evidence and procedures, file motions, and take other steps to protect your legal rights.
An experienced lawyer will be able to level the playing field by negotiating settlements, taking your case to trial if necessary, and fighting for the compensation you deserve. A good personal injury lawyer will listen to you, do thorough information and evidence gathering, talk to you about your settlement options, and assist you in pursuing the course of action that is best for you.
A personal injury lawyer will handle the burden of the legal process and help guide you through this sometimes frustrating and complex legal issues. There are a variety of options available to assist you in finding a qualified attorney. You can make a list of prospective lawyers by searching online, contacting your local or state bar association or asking local attorneys who do not handle personal injury cases who they would recommend. You might even ask friends or relatives whom they would recommend.
What Questions Should You Ask Your Potential Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you meet with lawyers, you will want to find out certain things from each lawyer, such as the nature of their personal injury experience, if they have experience with your specific type of injury case and how they handle fees and file costs. Here are some questions you can ask:
- How long have you been practicing in the area of personal injury?
- Have you handled cases similar to my case?
- What types of verdicts and settlements have you secured for injured people with similar injuries?
- Will you be the attorney handling my case or will you be referring the case to someone else?
- Who will be my day-to-day contact if I have questions or concerns?
Is There a Limit on How Much Time Can Pass Before I File a Personal Injury Claim?
In Michigan there is a time limit on filing a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases – the time frame during which you must file a claim in the state’s civil court system, for an auto negligence case is normally three years.
If you try to bring a claim more than three years after the date of the accident, you will probably be barred from recovering compensation within the court system. There are exceptions to this rule for minors.
If you’re looking for an experienced personal injury attorney you can trust in Michigan, please contact us online at logeman.com, Logeman, Iafrate & Logeman, P.C. today or call (866) 992-0200 toll free, for a Free Consultation.