Ouch, You’ve Slipped & Fell: Your 6 Next Steps on the Road to Recovery
The world of law and legislation is a tangled weave of complex issues tough to understand at the best of times let alone to wade through when you’re in a hospital bed trying to recover from the trauma of an accident. For this reason alone, a personal injury lawyer is your best choice to protect and defend your rights, and to ensure that you receive proper compensation and care to support a speedy and full recovery.
Step #1: Remember each case is unique
It may seem clear that when a hospital procedure goes wrong, a loose dog attacks and bites you, or a drunk driver rams your vehicle, that they would be responsible for your injuries, care and recovery, and accountable for your suffering. But there are many considerations in any case where a person gets hurt, or worse, suffers permanent injury, or even dies as a result of the encounter. Each person, each circumstance, and so each case, is unique.
Step #2: Make your call to a personal injury lawyer a top priority
Because of the complexity and unique issues of every case, a personal injury lawyer should be among the first calls you make when you’re involved with an incident where something goes wrong. That might include incidents such as these ones:
- a motor vehicle accident
- a slip-and-fall incident
- a dog bite
- a hospital mishap
And this list offers only a few examples of the kinds of life events where things can unexpectedly go gravely wrong.
Step #3: Choosing the best firm for your needs: the right law firm counts
Choosing a lawyer and law firm to represent your case is not easy. There are many factors to consider. But a good start is to look over the website the firm maintains and consider what is offered on the site.
The firm’s website can be a great example of how to know the firm is a good choice. First, see if the website is complete. Does it offer a 1-800 number or online chat representative to answer your immediate questions? Does the firm maintain a spokesman who publicly represents the firm? This frees up lawyers to work their cases and not worry about generating business or promoting themselves. And that means their attention is fully on you, the client.
Step #4: The size of the firm and their concentration matters
Other considerations when you look for representation include the number of lawyers in a firm as well as the types of cases they cover. This is important because, although one lawyer, or perhaps two, will lead your case, the entire firm will be aware of you, and ready to bring their expertise to bear when and where it might be important.
Step #5: Is there a provision that you don’t pay unless the firm wins?
A law firm that makes this offer knows what it’s doing. They cannot waste time and money losing their cases, or the lawyers would be out of work and out of business. You know when you contact this firm that they mean business, and that personal injury law is their business.
Step #6: Finding your best choice in personal injury law
Be sure the firm’s expertise and practice lies in personal injury. Be sure they cover cases including medical malpractice, disability benefits, sexual assault and defective products, among other areas of related specializations. Expertise that stays focused means a depth of knowledge that access to broad skills. With that level of competence, care and skill you can be confident that your needs will be met and your injury-related needs covered.