If you suffer an injury in an accident, you have legal right to recover compensation by settling a claim outside of the courtroom, or through a formal court-based lawsuit. If you must make a personal injury claim in order to recover monetary damages for medical bills, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering, one of the most important decisions you need to make is whether to hire an attorney.
What Cases Can I Handle on My Own?
Florida is considered a no-fault state, which means that your insurance coverage policy should provide compensation for you. You are not allowed to pursue a personal injury claim unless your injuries are severe in nature (disfigurement, permanent disability, etc.).
If you injuries are minor, then hiring a lawyer may not make sense. However, if your injuries are considered serious enough to qualify you for pursuing a claim outside the no-fault system, then hiring a lawyer is important.
What About My Insurance Adjuster?
One reason why many people choose to not hire a lawyer of their own is that they have insurance, or that the other party possesses insurance. You may think that insurance companies are looking out for your best interests, however, in many cases insurance companies are looking out for their own interests. While you have a primary goal of getting the most reasonable damage award possible, they have a primary goal of paying out as little as possible so they can obtain a profit.
So, if your injuries are serious enough to require a large amount of compensation, it is best to retain the legal representation of an experienced lawyer. If you need to file a personal injury claim in Tampa Bay, FL, contact Paulsen Law Group today.