Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

| Jul 10, 2019 | Firm News |

Personal Injury — Patient with Hand Injury in Houma, LA

Personal injury lawsuits are some of the most confusing legal procedures to handle on your own. If you feel that you have grounds for a personal injury suit due to another party’s negligence, it is always a good idea to hire an attorney that specializes in this kind of suit. Here are three cases where you should hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim.

Large Claims

The amount of compensation you are trying to receive for your claim will determine whether insurance companies view it as a minor or major claim. Minor claims amounting to less than one to two thousand dollars can sometimes be successful without the help of an attorney.

Insurance companies will not be as adamant about fighting these small claims, though it’s still a good idea to hire an attorney for any case. But no matter how confident you are that you have a solid case, you should never go it alone if you are trying to win a large claim for a chronic or debilitating injury.

Winning a claim for compensation in the five- to six-figure range will require careful planning and plenty of documentation to support your case. A personal injury attorney can determine how much your claim is worth and help you gather the documentation you need to make sure your case is airtight.

Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice cases are often the most complicated type of personal injury claim. Depending on where you live in the U.S., there may be strict medical malpractice laws that could invalidate your claim that you should be aware of. For example, some states require you to notify the medical professional in question that you are filing a claim before you can proceed with your case.

One of the most important reasons to work with a personal injury attorney for your medical malpractice claim is to prove that the physician was in the wrong. There are very specific conditions that must be fulfilled for the judge to determine that the physician committed a breach of duty.

You will need to prove that the doctor failed to warn you about dangerous side effects, misdiagnosed your condition, or made a mistake during surgery. Even if the conditions are met for your claim, the physician’s attorney may be able to make a convincing case of their own by claiming that the doctor is not directly responsible for your pain, suffering, or financial loss.

Workplace Injuries

Even though most workplaces have a workers’ compensation program, you should still hire a personal injury attorney for any workplace injury claim. This is especially true if you are filing a claim for an injury that isn’t covered by workers’ compensation at your workplace.

An injury caused by intentional misconduct from a coworker or your employer is one example that is often not covered, as you will need to file a claim directly against the other person involved instead of your workplace.

Injuries caused by defective or toxic products are another example that your workplace may not be responsible for. It may be a better idea to bring your claim against the manufacturer of these products. A personal injury attorney can help determine whether the manufacturer provided adequate handling and storage instructions to minimize the risk of injury.

Filing a personal injury claim is often a stressful and time-consuming experience, but an attorney can handle much of the process so you can focus on healing after your accident. Contact us at St Martin & Bourque LLC before you begin your claim so we can help you maximize the chances of receiving the compensation that you deserve.