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Do I Need a PI Attorney?

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Wednesday October 07, 2020.

It is important to ask yourself whether you need a lawyer to assist with your personal injury case, but some crucial information should persuade you that hiring legal counsel is the best move.

Many people think of accidents as awful tragedies that happen to someone else, not realizing that the risk of injuries is substantial. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 23.9 million people seek treatment in emergency rooms every year due to unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls on property, and other accidents. The overwhelming majority of these incidents are preventable and only occur because of another person’s careless acts.

Fortunately, victims of personal injury accidents have legal options, including the right to seek monetary damages from the responsible party. However, you may wonder whether it is really necessary to retain an attorney for assistance. The following factors should convince you that working with an Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer is a wise decision for getting the compensation you deserve.

Nature and Severity of Your Injuries

The injuries you suffer are directly related to the amount of compensation you can recover. The more serious the harm, the higher the monetary damages. However, you should note that your first step in recovering compensation is usually filing an injury claim with an insurance company. Insurers will fight claims at every opportunity because of the threat to financial interests. If you do not have a legal background, you do not know the relevant issues you need to be tough in settlement negotiations with the insurance company. You risk not getting the full amount of damages you deserve.

Convoluted Fault Issues

To avoid being held accountable and having to pay out your claim, an insurance company will dispute that its policyholder was responsible for your injuries. The claims adjuster may even try to blame the accident on you, which will reduce the damages you can recover. PI attorneys know the tactics insurers use, and they have extensive experience fighting them.

Multiple Potential Parties

With some accidents, there may be more two or more parties that were negligent in terms of causation. To protect your interests, you will need to pursue all of them – and each is likely to point the finger at others.

Filing a Civil Lawsuit

If you are unable to resolve your claim through settlement with the insurance company, you will need to initiate litigation in court. A PI lawyer has considerable legal knowledge about the case law, statutes, and court procedural rules that apply to your case.

Trust Your Claim to Our Tulsa Personal Injury Attorneys

For more information on how we can help with the legal process after an accident, please contact the Ponca City, Oklahoma offices of BDIW Law. You can set up a free consultation with one of our Tulsa, OK personal injury lawyers by calling 918-728-6500 or visiting our website. Once we review your situation, we can start developing a legal strategy for enforcing your rights.