by Tim O’Hare
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It’s an unfortunate misconception that personal injury attorneys are “ambulance chasers” looking to profit off the pain and suffering of others. Each year, thousands of people across North Texas turn to personal injury lawyers to help navigate the maze of insurance laws and to fight the long legal battle for due compensation for an injury as a result of a car accident, a defective or recalled product, a fall or injury at work or on someone else’s property.
While personal injury attorneys have not always been portrayed in a positive light, the reality is, in most cases of injury, the victim can benefit significantly from hiring a trusted lawyer.
There are many reasons one might need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Here are a few examples of common personal injury claims:
Motor vehicle accident — If you are injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident such as a car, bus, boat, or motorcycle accident that was caused by another person, perhaps due to drunk driving or distracted driving, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. A lawsuit may help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and/or loss of companionship, for example.
Wrongful death — Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person? If so, you may be entitled to make a wrongful death claim. Surviving beneficiaries of the deceased, including the surviving spouse, children and parents may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Injury suffered on someone else’s property — If you have suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, you may have grounds to make a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases, like many other personal injury cases, can be complicated, as it has to be proven that the property owner was negligent and the injury suffered was a result of that negligence.
Injury suffered by a defective or recalled product — Products liability is another common category of personal injury cases, as thousands of product recalls are issued every year on items determined to be of potential danger to consumers.
Hiring a personal injury attorney for any of the reasons listed above should not be considered an unnecessary expense. Doing so can pay back dividends, decreasing your stress level and helping you recover more money than you ever could on your own to help you pay for medical bills, recover your lost wages and be compensated for your pain, hassle and scarring.
There are many ways a personal injury lawyer can save you time, money and frustration. Here are just a few:
A personal injury attorney can help you avoid the hassle of dealing with the insurance company. Insurance adjusters can be tricky. They often strive to get individuals to settle for far less than what they are entitled to. A personal injury attorney will work for you, dealing with insurance companies and the law, to ensure you are treated fairly and receive what the law says you are due.
A personal injury lawyer will be familiar with all the laws pertaining to your case. Laws often vary by state, but an experienced attorney will know your state’s laws and how the laws affect your case. They will also have the necessary knowledge to help you receive fair compensation. If your case for any reason needs to be disputed in court, a personal injury attorney will provide the best representation to handle your case.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on your own healing rather than being consumed by your case. Being injured in a car accident or in a work-related accident can be life changing. Don’t take on the unnecessary burden of dealing with the insurance companies on your own. Hire an experienced personal injury attorney to focus on your case so that you can focus on yourself. While it may seem costly at first, it will pay off in the end when you receive the full amount owed to you, rather than only a portion of that, which is likely what you would receive if working without an attorney.
If you have been injured in a car accident, suffered injury on someone else’s property, or suffered an injury through no fault of your own in another manner, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you in your time of need and make sure you are not taken advantage of.
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