“Do I need a lawyer?” That’s not the most fun question to have to answer. But yes there are times in your life when you will be in need of a trained lawyer to help you navigate a situation. So when does that question come up and what should you do? Most people do not have a lawyer on stand-by. However, there are situations when you may find yourself asking, “Do I need a lawyer?” Always remember that no lawyer can guarantee you the outcome of a case. A lawyer should, however, work diligently to put you in the best position to win your case. And also remember that no two cases are the same. I’ve heard the story of the same lawsuit with the same facts being tried twice in front of two different juries and there were two drastically different results, even though the lawyers were the same, the judge was the same, the facts were the same, the witnesses were the same-but the juries were different. And so were the results.
Here are a few scenarios when you may need a lawyer and why.
An insurance company adjuster may be calling you after an accident to speak with you. And you may be asking yourself “Do I need a lawyer?” When you or a family member are hurt in a traffic wreck or at a store or business, your personal injury claim can become very complex. There are many issues to unravel and handle, including determining who was at fault and the comparative negligence of those involved, if any; the amount of compensation due, if any; dealing with insurance companies, including automobile and health insurance; determining which insurance policies are available and which insurance companies are responsible for payment.
Also, your case may require expert testimony to prove what happened and why. Experts can testify on your behalf. An attorney can guide you through the process as well as find the experts needed to win your case.
Have you been falsely arrested?
There are very complex legal questions to answer after you have been arrested falsely, including which claims to make-state or federal. So to begin with, an investigation has to be performed to determine whether your rights were violated under the prevailing law. A lawyer can answer these questions for you.
Your attorney can also help you determine the monetary compensation due to you for damage to your reputation, the loss of freedom while being detained and jailed, and the humiliation, shame, embarrassment, and mental shock and suffering you endured for being wrongly arrested.
Are you going up against the “big guys”?
A hospital, a trucking company, or an insurance company knows how to fight these cases. They usually have armies of attorneys ready to defend them from any claim of wrong doing on their part. A well-versed attorney who knows the law can fight them for you. Trying to take on an experienced insurance company, trucking company, or hospital is like trying to perform surgery on yourself. Do you have the knowledge to perform surgery on yourself?
What would a lawyer do that I couldn’t do for myself?
A lawyer will assess your legal and factual issues and explain your legal options and what you can reasonably likely expect as your case progresses. A lawyer will take action necessary to protect your legal rights. A lawyer can research the law, interview witnesses, collect records, talk to experts, and plan a legal strategy to put you in a advantageous position to win.
Is a lawyer expensive?
Let’s face it, lawyers are expensive. Lawyer fees can range from $175.00 an hour up to $1000 or more an hour. Do you have that much money to retain a lawyer. The big companies do. So how are you able to afford a lawyer to protect your legal rights? You might be able to obtain a free initial consultation. A lawyer will tell you if they think you have a case. But after that, you will likely have to hire a lawyer who will agree to take your case on a contingency fee basis. You should ask the lawyer if he or she will handle your case on a contingency fee. Saving money by not hiring a lawyer might end up costing you in the long run, especially since you do not know the value of your case.
Therefore, if you find yourself asking the question, “Do I need a lawyer?”, we can help! The law can be complex and confusing. You have other things to deal with. Let The Law Offices of Thomas Creech make it easier on you and your family. If you would like to know whether you likely may have a personal injury case, contact our office today and let’s talk solutions.