Should I hire a personal injury lawyer? What are the benefits of using one? These are some of the questions that come to mind when you have sustained injury due to the fault of another party.
Following a personal injury, there will be tons of paperwork involved, and making mistakes in the process may result in the denial of your claim. You’ll likely be asked to make statements, sign forms, and provide medical records as part of the investigation. This is not something you want to do alone, especially if you don’t have sufficient knowledge of personal injury law.
What is the Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is a professional who provides legal services to people who have sustained injuries, physically or psychologically, as a result of careless or negligent acts of another party. They practice tort law, and often claims involve workplace injuries, traffic injuries, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you are still on the fence about hiring a lawyer for your injury case, here are some reasons why you should:
(i) Insurance Providers Don’t Have Your Best Interests at Heart
Australia has strict laws that mandate how insurance carriers should operate. However, their motive can’t be controlled. Insurance companies are businesses and so, they will only look out for their best interests. They usually have an in-house team of lawyers to help seek ways to pay the least amount of compensation. This makes it even more important for you to have a legal representative.
(ii) Filing a Claim Involves Compliance with Stringent Rules
Following an accident in Australia, there are strict procedures that must be followed as your claim undergoes investigation. There are damage inspections to be done, paperwork to complete, and procedures to properly diagnose and treat your injury. Handling all these processes in the right manner on top of your daily life can be overwhelming. A reputable lawyer will take the burden off your shoulders and give you time to recover or get your life in order.
(iii) The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations dictates the maximum amount of time a victim has to file a claim. If you miss the deadline, you will have no legal grounds to make a claim or seek compensation. A knowledgeable and seasoned lawyer will know the deadline and advise you accordingly.
(iv) Damages from the Accident May Be More Extensive
Many individuals who sustain injuries from an accident that wasn’t their fault do not know their claim entails more than just compensation for immediate medical expenses. The law allows victims of an accident caused by another party’s negligence to seek settlement for intangible damages as well. These include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, loss of consortium, etc. Calculating the amount these damages are worth is not straightforward and the task is best handled by an experienced lawyer.
Personal injury law is a complex legal field and one where you cannot make mistakes if you wish to get fair compensation. If you have sustained an injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault, do not hesitate to give MBA Lawyers a call!