If you've experienced an injury due to the negligence of another party, whether it was in a car accident or an accident that occurred on private property, then you should speak with an injury lawyer as soon as you are able to. Even if it's an open and shut case in which the fault of the defendant is clear as day, you'll want to be able to rely on the guidance of a professional injury attorney to make sure that you get a fair settlement. The following are just a few of the reasons why you should work with an injury lawyer in Port St. Lucie, Florida:
A good injury lawyer will be able to determine what a fair settlement should look like by taking into account the various costs of your injury. These include the costs of any medical bills related to the injury both past and future, any wages lost in the past and future as a result of missing work due to the injury, and any pain and suffering experienced in the past and in the future as a result of the injury. Without a lawyer, you may end up agreeing to a settlement that is much lower than it should be. Additionally, a lawyer can negotiate with the defendant's lawyer as well as with the insurance company in order to help you receive a bigger settlement.
Based on the experience and expertise that a good injury lawyer has, they will be able to give you valuable advice concerning various details of your case. For example, they can advice you on whether to take a settlement or go to court based on what they know about the strength of your case. They'll also be able to make sure you fill out all of the proper legal paperwork that's required in order to go to court.
Attempting to represent yourself in court is extremely difficult without any kind of legal experience or expertise. Even if you think you have an ironclad case, your inability to go toe to toe with the defendant's lawyer or team of lawyers could hurt your case. This could result in being awarded damages and compensation smaller than you hoped for - or in a worst case scenario - a ruling in favor of the defendant. An injury lawyer knows how the legal process works and won't make any mistakes that will hurt your case.
If you thought that by bypassing the use of a lawyer could save you some money, you're most likely wrong. If you represent yourself, you're going to have to pay all of the court costs up front, which you may not be able to afford. Most injury attorneys will cover these costs for you and simply take them from whatever amount the court awards you once the case has ended.
By working with a lawyer, you can put all of your effort and attention on recovering from your injuries. Attempting to go through the legal process on your own during the recovery stages of your injury can be incredibly stressful and may be too overwhelming.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should work with an injury attorney in Port St. Lucie, Florida. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, be sure to contact us at the Law Office of Gloria Seidule in Port St. Lucie today.