Should I Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

Wondering, “Should I hire a personal injury attorney?” Consider that you greatly increase your chances of winning your case if you hire a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies are more likely to take you and your claim seriously if you have a lawyer on your side. Further, having an attorney means that you have someone at the negotiating table who cares about your side of the story and is fighting for your best interests. Finally, a personal injury attorney can help you uncover critical documents and evidence that he or she can use to argue in your favor. 

Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Hiring a personal injury attorney significantly increases your chances of winning your case and reaching a favorable settlement. Insurance companies know that attorneys understand the law and know the tactics that they use to get personal injury victims to accept lowball offers. Because of this, insurance companies are more likely to give you a fair settlement offer. An additional benefit of having an attorney in your corner is that he or she can represent you in court if the case proceeds to trial. If you go it alone, you put yourself in a position where you need to heal physically and emotionally from the accident and devote much of your time and energy to the case. An attorney can put your mind at ease and lighten the burden for you so that you can focus on what matters most to you.

Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney include:
  • Helping you meet the filing deadlines and understand how to prove you are not at fault in a car accident
  • Negotiating with the insurance company and other third parties on your behalf
  • Gathering critical evidence to prove your case
  • Filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party
  • Representing you at trial
  • Maximizing your chances of recovering compensation from the at-fault party
Let's talk about some benefits in detail.

Help You Meet Important Deadlines

In most cases, you have just two years in which to file an Iowa personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Filing a claim with the insurance company is not the same thing as filing a lawsuit. Let's say that you file a claim with the insurance company right away. Settlement negotiations don't go well, and the insurance company refuses to budge. You decide that you want to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to maximize your compensation. If it's been more than two years since the accident, you may not be able to file a lawsuit. Or, if you do, the first thing that the at-fault party or insurance company will do is to file a motion to throw out the lawsuit. For this reason, it's important to act quickly.

An Attorney Maximizes Your Chance of Recovery

A personal injury lawyer can help you maximize your chances of recovering compensation. Additionally, he or she can research the applicable law and review the evidence to find the best angles to argue for the maximum compensation. An attorney helps ensure that you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any additional compensation that you are eligible for under Iowa law.

When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

Like we talked about before, short deadlines apply to personal injury cases. If you don't file a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, you most likely won't be able to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Exceptions apply that may lengthen or shorten the deadline. Because of this, you should contact a personal injury attorney without delay. 
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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.