What You Need to Know About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The civil justice system can be a daunting and intimidating thing, especially when people are already dealing with their current situation. Think about it: nobody wants to think of legal complexities while already trying to recover physically and emotionally, and manage financial hardships associated with their injuries.
However, civil justice is often a necessity when it comes to gaining closure following a situation and recovering compensation to help deal with the expenses. Negligence requires attention and you should not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit when someone else’s actions cause you harm.
Before you move forward, though, it is extremely important to recognize the different intricacies of a personal injury lawsuit and what is needed to move forward. Here are a few of the things you want to know before taking action.
- The insurance company is not looking out for your best interests.
- The personal injury lawsuit process can be difficult to do alone.
- The attorney fees are not something you need to worry about upfront.
- The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit goes beyond just compensation.
If you need to file a lawsuit, speak with our team about your potential case. Call us at (215) 866-2424.
Below are some of the things you should know about filing a personal injury lawsuit.
We’ve all seen the ads on television, online, or even in the newspapers: insurance companies promising to take care of their policyholders. Unfortunately, many insurance companies protect their policyholders at all costs, even if it is their policyholder who is negligent in causing harm.
The insurance company is not looking to help their policyholder, though; they’re only concerned with ensuring they are set to pay out the least amount of compensation possible to the injured party. As a result, they try and find any possible way to devalue your claim—even if it is a valid claim with visible injuries and noticeable negligence.
The insurance company is backed by large legal teams who have a history of protecting the profits and bottom line of the corporation. As such, even if their policyholder is at fault, they try to turn the case on you, the plaintiff and injured party, and make it appear as though you were to blame for the crash.
Far too often, the unscrupulous tactics used by the insurance company position the plaintiffs in a difficult situation. If you feel as though the process is simple enough and you can get through by just filing a claim, you may be mistaken and it’s important to secure representation.
There have been studies in the past regarding how the general public feels about lawyers and quite frankly, most people feel the it would be better with fewer attorneys. However, the notion of going through a legal matter without having proper representation is a mistake.
From start to finish, there are a number of complex matters that can arise to create a difficult situation for you when it comes to personal injury law. This is because your opposition is a large insurance company with a legal team that has spent years defending their clients from accepting negligence.
Because of this, it’s very important to recognize the tactics that the defendant can try and turn the fault of the accident onto you, despite you suffering injuries as a result. Having a legal representative on your side can help you combat the challenges set forth by the defendant.
One of the biggest concerns that people have about filing a personal injury lawsuit is money. You’re already dealing with financial bills. You’re unable to work and earn an income. Now you have to worry about how you can pay for the legal representation to even recover that lost money?
The problem regarding the idea of fees is that it is often this concern that prevents some individuals from taking any sort of legal action against the negligent party who caused them harm. They feel as though they can’t afford to have legal representation—thus, they don’t file a lawsuit.
This is a common—yet very unfortunate—misconception as those injured are able to secure representation without having to worry about the expenses. This is because the vast majority of personal injury attorneys represent individuals on what is called a contingency fee basis.
Contingency fees allow injured people to secure representation without having to worry about out-of-pocket costs. Instead, the person can receive a free consultation to discuss their issues. The attorney will front the fees for filing. And the attorney will only be paid if and when they can successfully help you recover compensation. Even then, the fees come out as a percentage of the recovery.
Finally, if you don’t win compensation, you don’t owe the attorney. This allows you to get the compensation you need without having to worry about your expenses.
Personal injury trial law can be one of the most controversial things because of the social stigma many people have about lawyers. Even more so, there is the common misconception that there is a sole focus on monetary gain and that lawyers care more about money instead of the greater good.
However, for many attorneys like the ones at our firm, legal action is about more than compensation. It’s about obtaining justice on behalf of the injured and creating hope for those in the community. The idea of someone getting away with their negligence is wrong and good lawyers focus on making sure this doesn’t happen.
As such, we create a strict focus on helping clients obtain justice, not just compensation. This not only forces the negligent party to accept liability for their actions, but it also creates a platform for potential change. It shows others that these actions cannot be without consequences and that when your actions cause harm, you should be responsible for the damages caused.
Moving Forward with Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys On Your Side
At The Beasley Firm, we don’t take these matters lightly. We recognize the numerous hardships placed on an injured person’s life when they are harmed as a result of negligence. As such, we take every step necessary and go the extra mile to provide the dedicated and focused representation our clients deserve to pursue compensation.
Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers truly care about your life and work hard to alleviate much of the concerns you have following an injury caused by someone else’s actions. We want to help you feel peace of mind and confidence that your lawsuit is being handled with diligence and when it comes time, our team will be tenacious in protecting your rights from the large corporations.
If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence and are not sure what to do next, know that our team is here for you. Call our firm today at (215) 866-2424 and request your free evaluation with a dedicated attorney who can explain your rights and options moving forward.