This is an article by Modoline Altenor, your personal injury attorney serving all of greater Orlando.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you’ve recently suffered an injury due to an accident or negligence on the part of another, you might be asking yourself this question.

Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

If you’re asking yourself the question, the simplest answer is this:
You should be consulting one.

At the very least, an attorney specializing in personal injury will be able to tell you whether you have a substantial case or not. Filing a personal injury lawsuit requires specialized training and a skill set that is not common to all lawyers. It also requires an in-depth understanding of the legal system, and how civil and criminal litigation proceedings operate.

Because of the immense complications that can arise during such a suit, it is crucial that you consult a lawyer, and never try to file suit without one.

Certain kinds of injuries and accidents always call for an attorney. Hiring a personal injury lawyer in cases where you’ve been hurt is always worth any fees that you might have to pay (and we’ll talk more about how those work shortly).

There are situations where only a personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. In many cases, you need that compensation to make up for lost earnings, to recoup medical bills, and to maintain the same quality of life you had before your injury.

That’s where we come in.

In this article, we’ll discuss scenarios that definitely call for legal intervention. If your case falls under any of the categories below, you should reach out immediately, while the facts of your case are fresh in your mind. Even if they don’t, you have absolutely nothing to lose by asking for a consultation.

Any lawyer worth their reputation will offer you a free, confidential consultation, during which they will review the basic facts of your case and help you determine what, if anything, a personal injury lawyer can do to help you.

(As a side note: we represent clients in the state of Florida. While we are happy to discuss your case with you, it is usually best to obtain counsel from within your home state!)

So, without further ado, here are …

Four Sure Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

You may have suffered serious injuries. Your state or municipality or another entity may have complex legal rules in place that govern your case. You may have been treated badly by an insurance company. Regardless, if any of the following scenarios sound familiar, you certainly have a case, and should speak to an attorney about your personal injury claim as soon as possible.

1. Due to your injury, you are disabled permanently or have/will suffer long-term consequences.

Some injuries result in the aggrieved party requiring long-term care or suffering permanent disability.

At that point, the entity responsible for your injury (the person, company, or other party that caused you to be hurt) certainly owes you compensation.

Serious compensatory measures should be considered, and only a lawyer will understand how to make the appropriate calculations.

What do you mean, calculations?

This may perhaps surprise you, but there is a decent amount of math involved in personal injury law. In the most basic terms, a personal injury lawyer will calculate how much your injuries are worth – taking into account things like earning capacity over time, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other factors. In any injury suit, the expertise of a skilled and experienced lawyer is invaluable. It’s the best – perhaps only – way to make certain that you get all of the compensation to which you are entitled.

That means pursuing every possible avenue by which compensation might be earned.

2. Your injuries were exceptionally severe or expensive.

In nearly every personal injury claim, the amount of compensation received is proportional to the severity of your injuries. Insurance companies do their own kind of math, usually aimed at giving you the minimum legal amount of compensation. That’s harsh, perhaps, but it’s also true; insurance companies are for-profit, and in the business of making money, not paying it out.

In nearly every personal injury claim, the amount of compensation received is proportional to the severity of your injuries. Insurance companies do their own kind of math, usually aimed at giving you the minimum legal amount of compensation. That’s harsh, perhaps, but it’s also true; insurance companies are for-profit, and in the business of making money, not paying it out.

Our job, as Orlando personal injury lawyers, is to make them pay what you deserve.

We measure severity via a number of factors:

  • What type of injury you suffered

  • The amount of medical debt incurred

  • Recovery time

Sometimes other factors also play a role, but those are our primary baselines. As the amount of potential compensation increases, you become more and more likely to hit a cap on the at-fault insurance policy. That limits the insurance company’s liability – and limits your potential compensation – to the limits of the at-fault policy.

When that occurs, you should consult a personal injury lawyer. The Altenor Law Firm represents many such cases.

3.  Liability Is Unclear / Multiple Parties Involved

It is not uncommon for accidents to involve more than two parties, especially motor vehicle accidents. Often, liability is unclear – or multiple parties might be held liable. You should contact your local Orlando personal injury attorney immediately if that’s the case. Insurance companies often complicate things, with each attempting to show that they are not at fault. When multiple injuries are involved, there is often not as much settlement money to go around.

That could lead to serious issues, including insurance claims against you by other parties, which could lead to a decrease in your settlement offer. In extreme cases, your proportional “fault” in a given accident could reduce your settlement to nothing, even if you’ve been injured.

In our estimation, that is unfair. In our estimation, that is unjust.
We’ve set ourselves to the task of doing something about that.

You do need a personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured, and perhaps especially if you might be found partially at-fault. We can protect you against cross-claims, counterclaims, and attorneys working on behalf of others involved.

4. Your Auto Accident Was Related to a Defect

Car wrecks are among the most devastating things that can happen to you. They can be caused by a variety of issues. However, if your particular accident was related to a faulty auto part, the manufacturer may be liable for the damage to you and your car. You could be entitled to a significant settlement – provided you’ve got a personal injury attorney who knows how to work within that system.

5. Unsafe Working Conditions

Many of our clients meet us through accidents, but many meet us in other ways. A number of personal injury cases in America each year revolve around poor working conditions, including:

  • Exposure to hazardous materials

  • Negligence around work equipment

  • Neglect of safety measures

Often, employers employ desperate tactics to ensure that you don’t sue. This can include threats of termination – but that shouldn’t dissuade you. Using medical records, statements by witnesses, and (if necessary) investigators, a good personal injury lawyer can still help you get the payout you deserve.

It never hurts to ask for a consult, even if you aren’t certain that your case is strong. However, failing to seek legal counsel absolutely guarantees that you’ll receive nothing.

So you see? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Speak to a lawyer about your personal injury claim as soon as today, and we’ll help you figure out your next step.

So you see? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Speak to a lawyer about your personal injury claim as soon as today, and we’ll help you figure out your next step.

6. The Insurance Company Won’t Play Fair

Sometimes, insurance companies do their job well. That’s why we have insurance.

Sometimes, unfortunately, they do not. We’ve encountered multiple cases where the insurer refused to make a fair settlement offer, and more than one where they refused to make any offer at all.

If you are unable to secure a fair offer from the at-fault insurance company, or if you feel that the offer they’ve made you is not reasonable, or if negotiations are breaking down for some other reason, you absolutely must engage a personal injury lawyer.

As Orlando personal injury lawyers, we have years of experience negotiating with insurers. Even if they’re using bad faith insurance tactics, we can help. If it comes down to it, we are ready and willing to take them to court to see justice done for you.

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Selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer for you can be a daunting prospect. We’ve written whole articles on the subject, which you can read in our blog, but the most important piece of advice is to take your time and trust your instincts.

Orlando personal injury attorneys aren’t hard to find.
Good ones, however, might take a bit more work.

And here’s a very important thing to consider:
The right lawyer can mean the difference between receiving just compensation for your injury and receiving nothing at all.

Of course, you could simply reach out to Modoline Altenor here at the Altenor Law Firm. Our people have the experience required to take even the most difficult cases.

We offer FREE consultations before taking on any client, and best of all, we don’t get paid unless you get your settlement.

You can take that to the bank.