Accidents leading to personal injury cases happen far more often than you might think in Hampton. But a lot of people are hesitant to talk to a lawyer about the situation. They don’t want to be considered greedy or “one of those people” who blame others. Some accident victims also think that if they have a valid legal claim, the insurance company will call them to talk about it. However, that simply isn’t the case in most situations.
In fact, insurance companies will often ignore the situation until you make a claim. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be “made whole” after you suffered damages and injuries after an accident. You aren’t greedy. You just want to make up for some of (or hopefully all of) your losses. A Hampton personal injury lawyer can help you with that process.
At John Foy & Associates, we give you the tools and information needed to help recover the full value of your case. We’ve been helping personal injury victims for over 20 years, and we can put that knowledge and experience to good use for you. You shouldn’t feel guilty or nervous about holding someone else accountable for their actions if they caused you harm and pain. Let us give you a free consultation to get started. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you’re injured in an accident that is not your fault alone, you may have a personal injury claim against the person who caused you harm. A personal injury claim is usually about recovering money damages to make up for losses the at-fault person caused, such as medical bills, lost wages, and other similar losses.
Even when you have a personal injury claim, the person who caused your injuries isn’t likely to just write you a check. Instead, you must go through a legal process that entitles to you to receive money for the losses you’ve endured. In some cases, you can skip filing a lawsuit and going to court if the defendant or their insurance company offers you a reasonable settlement—although that isn’t always the case.
A personal injury lawyer will help you go through this legal process after an accident. Examples of personal injury cases include:
- Slip and fall incidents
- Truck or car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Defective product injuries
- Dangerous medications or medical devices
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
A personal injury lawyer can help you with these types of cases and more. They will assist you in filing an insurance claim and provide helpful advice about what your case is worth from a legal standpoint.
Many people make the mistake of either overvaluing or undervaluing their case. If you have an unrealistic expectation of what your case is worth, you may end up getting less than you deserve through a settlement—or you might take the case all the way to trial and lose because you didn’t take a good settlement offer. John Foy & Associates can help you understand the difference, determine the full value of your claim, and help you get the most for it.
What a Personal Injury Lawyer Does
A personal injury lawyer does a lot more than just provide advice—they will take action on your behalf, as well. While they’ll keep you informed every step of the way, your lawyer will do a lot of the legwork in preparing your case. That way, you can focus on getting your life back together after the accident.
Your attorney will often perform the following tasks:
- Getting police reports
- Talking to witnesses
- Negotiating with the insurance company or defendant
- Gathering medical records and bills
- Getting experts to present evidence of future damages
- Helping you get connected to medical specialists who can provide unique medical care that fits your needs
Your personal injury lawyer is a valuable partner in presenting your case. Their insight and knowledge is often extremely helpful. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t often take individuals seriously if they don’t have an attorney. That means that if you want an insurance company’s attention, you should hire a personal injury attorney.
Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The truth is that you don’t really need a personal injury lawyer to start a lawsuit in Hampton. But navigating the legal system and winning your personal injury case is extremely difficult without the guidance of an experienced lawyer.
There are a few situations where getting an attorney really isn’t necessary. For example, if your damages are very minor—like if you only went to the doctor once and needed very limited or no follow up care—then it might not be worth the time and effort of starting a legal case, with or without a lawyer. That being said, most accidents do warrant the attention and expertise a lawyer can bring. And if you’re unsure, it’s best to at least schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Most personal injury lawyers (like John Foy & Associates) offer the initial consultation for free.
The recovery component is important. If it looks like you will need to have follow up care for quite a while or you may never completely recover, you do need to talk to a lawyer.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
The short answer is “it depends.”
Our team at John Foy & Associates, for example, takes cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t collect any fee at all if you don’t get money out of your personal injury case.
Other firms might charge you for costs (like filing fees or expert fees) or take an hourly fee. Our team has a rule–we want you to recover first. Personal injury victims deserve to get repaid, not pay more without getting anything out of it. That is also the reason that we offer a free consultation service.
Talk to a Hampton Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
Don’t wait to talk to a lawyer about your situation. The sooner you have this conversation, the more likely you are to receive the full value of your claim. We can help you realistically examine your situation and determine what your next steps should be. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to your right and get your free consultation today.