July 29, 2011

When Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you have suffered a serious injury caused by the negligence of another, you should consider hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you with your claim. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by this decision.

If you are lucky enough to be involved in an accident that only resulted in minor property damage, then you might not need to hire a lawyer. However, in most cases where a serious injury has occurred and you require medical attention, it is in your best interest to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side. Otherwise, you run the risk of being taken advantage of by the insurance company.

While they rarely admit this to you, insurance companies are not on your side. They do not truly care about helping you receive the fair settlement that you deserve. Instead, they care about minimizing the amount of money that they must pay on each claim placed before them. As a result, they will often make you an initial offer that does not reflect the true value of your claim and pressure you into accepting this offer.

Many of these initial offers do not take into account the more complex calculations involved in personal injury claims such as future medical expenses for chronic conditions or pain and suffering. By accepting the insurance company’s first offer, you are waiving your right to future compensation on this claim. Therefore, it is important to make sure your settlement accounts for all of the factors which go above and beyond your initial out-of-pocket expenses. By working with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you will send a message to the insurance company that they cannot take advantage of you. Also, because your lawyer has the skills to calculate the true value of your claim, you will most likely receive a much higher settlement offer than if you handle your claim by yourself.

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not get paid unless you win your case. Instead of charging an up-front hourly rate, most personal injury attorneys take a percentage of your settlement if you win. This ensures that regardless of your financial situation, you will be able to afford legal representation for your claim.

The Fort Myers personal injury lawyers at Lusk, Drasites, Tolisano & Smith have been fighting for the rights of injured victims for more than 23 years. During this time, we have developed a reputation for providing highly personalized, aggressive representation with a strong track record of success. If you have been injured, we are happy to offer you a free consultation where we will listen carefully to your story and advise you on the best way to proceed. It won’t cost you anything to find out how to protect your rights. If you are facing the financial burdens associated with a serious personal injury, it’s in your best interest to invest the time in a consultation.

You should retain a board certified civil trial attorney. According to the Florida bar, there is only 2% of all attorneys who have the recognition of being board certified in personal injury. These attorneys have to be recommended by fellow attorneys and judges, pass a rigorous state board, and have tried numerous jury trials before receiving this accomplishment. At Lusk, Drasites Tolisano & Smith P.A. we have a board certified civil trial attorney who is acknowledged as an expert in personal injury. Contact us 7 days a week, to talk to an attorney for personal injury only. All other law questions must be handled during normal business hours. We serve clients in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida.

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