How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

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How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

Knowing how to find a personal injury lawyer can be critical for your compensation claim. While there are many personal injury attorneys to choose from, not all law firms are the same. When you suffer an injury in a car crash, slip and fall, or another incident, you need an experienced and motivated lawyer who will go the extra mile to fight for the settlement you need.

Morgan & Morgan has your back if your life is turned upside down due to a personal injury. Our determined attorneys could help you receive awards for pain and anguish, medical expenses, wage loss, and more. We are ready to assess your accident, determine whether you have a legal case, and move forward with a claim. Let us help you today, and get in touch for a free case evaluation.

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

A personal injury lawyer protects your right to compensation when another, whether a business, individual, or government entity, causes your accident and injury. Whether you are hurt in a car crash or fall, you will want to prioritize your health and recovery. Meanwhile, your lawyer can focus on handling your claim and fighting for the settlement you deserve. Your attorney can:

Investigate Your Claim

Personal injury attorneys generally work on contingency, meaning they don’t get paid if they lose a case. Therefore, you can expect your lawyer to thoroughly assess and analyze your claim to determine its chances of winning. When our personal injury lawyers take your case, they believe you have a fair chance of recovering a settlement.

Gather Evidence to Prove Your Case

While you are healing, the attorney can gather relevant evidence that supports and strengthens your claim. Such evidence can include, among other materials:

  • Accident reports
  • Witness statements
  • Photographs of the accident scene
  • Traffic or security camera footage
  • Proof of your damages, such as medical reports and employment records

Evidence collected by your attorney may be critical for establishing negligence and the extent of your losses.

Communicate and Negotiate with Insurance Carriers

Morgan & Morgan’s personal injury lawyers are experienced communicators who can negotiate powerfully with insurance companies to achieve the best outcome for their injured clients. Letting an attorney handle the insurers prevents victims from saying or doing anything that could be used against them and jeopardize their claims.

Prepare a Lawsuit

While most personal injury claims are resolved out-of-court, insurers sometimes drag their heels and refuse to settle. A personal injury lawyer may then prepare the complaint against the at-fault party, explaining the settlement the victim seeks. The responsible party then has to answer the complaint within a specific time. The at-fault party might then offer a settlement or refuse to settle, and the claim may begin to move through the legal process.

Represent You at Trial

If the responsible party is unwilling to settle or the parties cannot agree on a fair amount, your injury lawyer will prepare your case for trial and represent you in court. Morgan & Morgan’s injury attorneys never settle for less and fight tirelessly for maximum potential compensation for their injured clients.

Give You Peace of Mind

An attorney can handle your claim from start to finish. They can also protect you and provide a shoulder to lean on during the challenging weeks and months after an accident. Instead of dealing with you, insurers and opposing lawyers will contact your attorney, meaning you can concentrate fully on your health and well-being without the stress and overwhelm that fighting a lawsuit entails.  

Finding the Best Personal Injury Attorney

The sheer number of personal injury firms can seem overwhelming when figuring out how to find a personal injury lawyer for your case. Before starting your search, clarify what you are looking for in an attorney. Personal injury is a vast field, and you will want a lawyer who has handled claims like yours before. For example, if you have a medical malpractice claim, you would not want to hire someone who has only handled car accidents. Here are some criteria to look for in an attorney:

  • Has litigated and won cases like yours
  • Works on a contingency basis; you only pay if they win
  • Enjoys an excellent reputation
  • Has the resources to handle even complex, expensive, and lengthy claims

Once you know what you are looking for in an attorney, begin your search by asking friends and family for referrals. You could also contact attorneys you have worked with who may know an excellent personal injury lawyer. Finally, the internet has many resources for finding attorneys, for example, your state’s bar association website or lawyer databases such as Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell.

Why Hire Morgan & Morgan?

Morgan & Morgan understands what you are going through. We see every day how quickly a severe injury turns victims’ lives upside down. We want to help you get your life back. When Morgan & Morgan handles your case, you have America’s largest personal injury firm on your side. Our unmatched resources include an army of over 1,000 lawyers, thousands of legal team members, and an infrastructure designed to help you anywhere and anytime.

Our results speak for themselves: over the last three decades, we have recovered over $20 billion in damages, helping thousands of injured individuals and their families get their lives back on track after suffering a personal injury. On average, our clients receive 20 times more compensation than an insurance company or at-fault party’s initial pre-trial offer. Our injury attorneys are experienced litigators who are not afraid to stand up to the big bullies and multinational corporations to get justice for you.

You Become Part of the Family

We have dedicated our lives to fighting for the people. When we take your case, you become part of our family, and we will fight tooth and nail for what you deserve.

Unlike some other law firms, we don’t just want to settle a case quickly and collect our fee. If your claim is worth more than an insurance company is willing to offer, we can go to trial to fight for full and fair compensation so you can go on with your life without having to worry about experiencing financial hardship.

Examples of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

We have recovered favorable settlements for our clients in many types of personal injury cases. However, some of the more common claims we see in our practice include the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Defective product and dangerous medication claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dog bites

It is important to note that various incidents and accidents that occur due to negligence could qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you believe you have a case, as the time to file a lawsuit may be limited.

Damages an Injury Lawyer Could Help You Recover

Compensation can vary from one case to another, as every individual’s circumstances and injuries are unique. However, an attorney could help you seek the following damages and others:

Healthcare Costs

If you are hurt due to another’s negligence or deliberate actions, you could receive all medical expenses incurred due to the injury, including but not limited to:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Medication costs
  • Home health visits
  • Rehabilitation therapies

If you suffered a disabling injury, you could qualify for funds to modify your home and vehicle.

Pain and Suffering

If you are significantly hurt, you may also receive damages for your pain and suffering. Such so-called “non-economic” damages can also include:

  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced life quality
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of a limb
  • Disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Lost Wages

If you cannot work due to your injury, you could be entitled to wage replacement compensation, including future expected income loss and any other payments or benefits due to you, such as:

  • Commissions and bonuses
  • Overtime pay
  • Health insurance
  • Sick leave and vacation
  • Car allowance
  • Retirement contributions

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are generally rare in personal injury claims. However, if a defendant acted egregiously or maliciously in causing the victim’s accident, a court may order the defendant to pay punitive damages.

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FAQ

Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.

  • Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

    While not every injury automatically qualifies for a personal injury lawsuit, you could have the claim when all of the following apply:

    • Another caused your accident negligently or deliberately
    • You suffered an injury due to the other party’s conduct
    • You incurred expenses such as lost income, healthcare costs, or others

    However, not all personal injury claims are clear-cut, and you do not have to make this decision on your own. A personal injury attorney at Morgan & Morgan can analyze the circumstances of your accident and injury and determine whether you can sue. They can also tell you what you could recover in damages. 

  • What Is the Average Worth of a Personal Injury Claim?

    There is no average settlement amount in personal injury claims, as every case is unique. What you can recover will depend on various factors, including:

    • The scope of your injuries
    • Your financial damages, such as medical bills and loss of wages
    • Whether you were partially responsible for the incident causing your injury
    • The extent of the at-fault party’s insurance coverage
    • Your degree of physical pain and emotional distress

     Knowing what your damages are worth will be critical for recovering an adequate settlement with an injury claim. Victims who do not know what their case is worth may accept a lowball settlement offer from an insurance company, leaving them out of pocket. Our personal injury lawyers can assess the impact a personal injury has on your life and career and determine the worth of your case. 

  • Can I Sue My Employer if I Was Injured at Work?

    Generally, employees qualifying for workers’ compensation cannot sue their employer except in rare circumstances. Whether you have a legal case against your employer depends on your state laws and the facts of your accident. For example, if your employer caused your injuries deliberately or maliciously, you could have a legal claim against them.

    Depending on your accident’s details, you could also have a case against a third party that caused your injury, such as a property owner, sub-contractor, or equipment manufacturer. Since work-related personal injury claims can be complex, consider consulting with one of our injury attorneys if you get hurt at work. We can help you understand your legal rights and, if you qualify, move forward with a compensation claim on your behalf.

  • Can I Sue if I Was Partly At-Fault for the Accident?

    Whether you can sue if you are partly at fault for your accident and injuries depends on your state laws. In a small number of states, victims who have some responsibility for their accidents may be barred from seeking compensation. However, in most states, you would be able to recover compensation, provided that you were less than 50 or 51 percent at fault.

    However, the damages you can recover will generally be reduced by your degree of fault. Such cases tend to get complicated, especially if multiple defendants are involved. Since your legal options and rights depend on where you live, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether you could file a lawsuit.

  • Get Started Today

    You do not have to struggle with working out how to find a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. Morgan & Morgan is here to help. Our fee is free unless we win and recover a settlement or verdict for you. Let us fight for what you deserve so you can move forward with your life. Contact us for a free case review to determine whether we can help you.

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