How do I know when I need to hire a personal injury attorney for my accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or a workplace accident, you may not be sure about whether you should hire a lawyer to help you pursue a claim. Many accident victims believe that they should make the claim themselves, because if they hire an attorney, he or she will take the majority of their compensation.

In some cases involving a very small claim, it is probably not necessary to hire an attorney. A minor fender bender that did little damage to your car and produced no injuries is an example of a situation in which the accident victim will most likely be able to negotiate directly with the insurance company to recover damages. If, however, there is serious personal property damage, ongoing medical treatment is required, or a permanent injury is involved, it’s critical for the accident victim to speak with an attorney. It’s highly likely that the value that the attorney brings to your case will well exceed his or her fee.

In many situations, your case will not go to trial. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court with the negligent party’s insurance company or another responsible party. If you are unable to reach a settlement, your lawyer can help you take your case to court so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

You may be uncertain whether or not your case is something you can handle yourself. If you have been injured in an accident, call California personal injury attorney Conal Doyle of Doyle Law at 310-385-0567. He works with clients throughout southern California. Call him today to schedule your free consultation.