When Do You Need a Lawyer

If you are involved in a car accident or hurt in some other incident, preserving your legal rights might be the last thing on your mind. Your first priority is likely making sure that you or your loved ones are safe and being treated for any injury that occurred. It may not be until much later that you think, should I be talking to a lawyer?

Sometimes people try to simply take matters into their own hands and prefer to deal directly with the insurance companies. And in some simple cases, that may not be a problem. We understand the reluctance that people feel when they approach the legal system. But don’t let insurance companies or others use that reluctance to get you to settle for a lesser amount. The insurance companies have teams of lawyers working to protect their interests and often you should have one to fight for yours.

Lawyers are here to make sure that your rights are protected and if you are even starting to think about that question, it is probably best to reach out and start asking questions. We will be happy to sit down and talk with you and we never charge for initial consultations.

Even if you are trying to avoid going to court, there are some situations where you really need a lawyer on your side.

Stalling Insurance Companies

One of the most common reasons you may need the help of an attorney is if an insurance company is refusing to pay. It doesn’t matter if it is your insurance company stalling or someone else’s dragging its feet, you have a right to be compensated for any injuries or damage. Any reasonable settlement should include compensation for your medical bills, the value of any long-term damage, your lost wages, and certainly fixing any damage to your property or car. If the insurance company is refusing to pay, you need someone to back you up.

Severe Injuries

If you were injured in a car accident, at work, or even just while you were shopping and suffered a severe injury, especially one that left you permanently disabled, you need an attorney. Determining the full impact of a life-long disability isn’t easy. The experienced personal injury trial attorney like the ones at Gathings Law work with you to see how the injury is affecting your life, both now and in the future. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve, not just what the insurance company wants to pay.

Medical Malpractice Injuries

If your injury came during a medical procedure, you should talk to an attorney. Just like with severe injuries, injuries that could have come from a doctor, nurse, nursing home, or a hospital or clinic’s actions can take years to fully show up. In these cases we work to determine what a doctor or hospital should have done to make sure that their patients stayed safe and that the medical work was done correctly. Doctors and medical providers are also covered under legal protections so it takes an attorney with experience to make sure you are protected.

Chemicals and Pollution

Cases that involve chemicals, pollution, or other contamination get complicated in a hurry. It takes an immense amount of scientific work to prove these cases and to determine the damages. The companies producing the chemicals or pollution also have massive legal staffs aimed at protecting their clients. You need an experienced lawyer to help clean up the mess and get you back on your feet.