First of all, when larger settlements are sought, the opposing side will likely be retaining top-notch counsel to ensure that the claim you deserve does not eat into their budgets or profit margins. This is true of individuals or governmental organizations, but especially of insurance companies. In such cases, any and all loopholes will be exploited, and an expert and knowledgeable eye is required to anticipate and counteract these defensive strategies.
In addition to the legal expertise, a personal injury lawyer takes a great deal of the pressure off of you. Any legal proceeding can be a stressful and lengthy undertaking – problematic at any time, but particularly so when you have recently experienced a trauma, such as an accident. The personal injury lawyer will take on the stress of gathering evidence, expert opinions, and mounds of paperwork and ultimately take the matter to court if necessary.
Speaking of paperwork, any legal proceeding requires a staggering amount. A lawyer will help you prepare all the documentation you need, including evidentiary support, witness testimony, and the initial claim itself. All claims must be filed within their applicable limitation periods. Additionally, not having your documentation prepared can mean a reduction, or even rejection of your claim. Because individuals filing a claim are often already overwhelmed with other things, such as family, work, and health obligations, retaining a personal injury lawyer can help ensure nothing falls through the cracks.
Choosing whether or not to seek legal assistance on your claim is a personal decision, but consulting with a lawyer can help with assessing the aspects of the case to see if a personal injury lawyer will be a beneficial decision.