10 Reasons Why Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer is Important

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:29 pm    

If you’ve been seriously injured due to an accident caused by someone else, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. The Birmingham injury attorneys with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have been helping people after such tragic accidents for over 20 years, and we can help you too.

Though you’re not required to call on an attorney to deal with your personal injury case, it’s a prudent move. So, what are the benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney to fight for you?

1. They’re Professional And Objective

A personal injury can cause you immense physical pain and emotional trauma. The pain and suffering endured as a result of your injury may prevent you from bringing objectivity to your case. Your personal feelings and opinions might affect your ability to stick to the facts of the case.

An accident lawyer is only interested in the facts of your case. They’ll bring knowledgeable perspective to your case so you can get you the settlement you deserve. They’ll fight for you without focusing on things that are immaterial.

2. They Have Excellent Negotiation Skills

When it comes to negotiating how much compensation you should get, the other party will be putting their best foot forward. You’ll need to deal with their insurance representative or their lawyer. These professionals have training in driving a hard bargain and you’re no match for them.

Even when the other party is at fault for your injuries, their representatives may try to persuade you to accept a settlement that’s too small your injuries. Keep in mind that they look out for the best interests of their clients, not yours.

To even things out and increase the amount of compensation you receive, you should hire a lawyer.

3. They Can Help You Get The Medical Attention You Need

If you contact your personal injury lawyer immediately after your injury, they can help you get quality treatment. They might know medical practitioners that can provide you with treatment for the injuries you’ve suffered.

The right medical team will help ensure a speedy recovery, but can also help you get the most out of your personal injury claim. Doctors can serve as witnesses if your case goes to court.

4. They Can Give You Options And Help You Choose The Best One

Pursuing a personal injury claim for your injuries can take time if you’re not familiar with the process. Usually, there are two routes you can take. You can either file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.

Court action should be the last resort, as it can take time before the court determines your case. However, it may be the only option for you if the offending party has refused to admit culpability for your injuries.

A personal injury lawyer will advise you on the best course of action depending on your specific situation.

5. They Can Help You With Litigation

If the offending party contests your compensation claim, the next available option is to take court action. Even if your personal injury claim is legitimate, going to court may turn the tide against you, especially if the other party has a lawyer and you don’t.

Having a personal injury lawyer in your corner will level the playing field. You can also get the legal representation you need to get the most out of your claim. They’ll gather all the evidence required to win your case in court.

6. They Can Expedite Your Personal Injury Claim

If you have to wait until you get a clean bill of health by your doctor to seek compensation for your injuries, getting settlement might take too long.

If you hire a lawyer, they’ll start pursuing your compensation claim while you’re still recuperating. Lawyers have experience with similar cases, so they’re able to anticipate most of the setbacks they might face. They know what steps to take to avoid those setbacks.

7. They’ll Scrutinize The Defendant’s Evidence

If your personal injury claim ends up in court, the offending party’s legal team will try to prove they’re not responsible for your injuries. If they provide any evidence to support their claim, you’ll need to analyze and counter it. This will require a legal mind, so it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer.

8. They’ll Give You Peace Of Mind

Seeking compensation for your injuries after an accident can be a stressful and time-consuming process. Having a personal injury lawyer will save you time and give you the peace of mind you need to focus on getting better.

Your lawyer will take care of the complex things you don’t want to deal with.

9. They Can Keep Your Settlement Claim On Track

If you’re bogged down with other important things, you may not be able to meet strict deadlines for filing paperwork for your personal injury claim.

A personal injury lawyer keeps tabs on timing and procedures to make sure things happen within the stipulated time limits. This will help keep your compensation claim on the right track. This is vital for ensuring fast settlement of your claim.

10. They’ll Increase Your Chances Of Getting The Compensation You Deserve

When you’re pursuing a personal injury claim, your ultimate goal is to get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. But keep in mind that the tax treatment for settlement of personal injuries is complex and ambiguous.

The offending party’s insurer’s goal will be to ensure you get the lowest compensation possible through third-party capture. After all, they’re businesses protecting the own financial interests.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer virtually eliminates the risk of settling for less than your case should be worth.

If you were injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact the Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP. Our experienced attorneys can help you through the challenging process of filing a lawsuit. Contact us at (205) 324-1212 or fill out an online contact form.

5 Things Your Attorney Forgets To Tell You About Your Personal Injury

Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 5:00 pm    

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In your initial meeting with an attorney, a lot of ground is covered. You may discuss what happened or how you’ve been affected. Often times, so much needs to be discussed that the basics can be pushed into the background:

  1. The most important thing is that you GET BETTER. Most cases can’t proceed without you getting better first! Getting appropriate medical attention is the cornerstone of your case. As a matter of fact, it is of the upmost importance to us that you experience some relief from pain. Keeping in contact with us regarding your treatment and asking any questions regarding doctors or options you need are important steps in any case. We have helped a lot of client’s find their way through the myriad of treatment options in their areas and will help you as well.
  2. We don’t have a specific timeline for your case. Most cases follow a standard course but how long that course takes varies case to case. The differences in each case cause different timelines. Sometimes cases can settle in pre-litigation; some cases have to be filed and proceed to court. Whichever track your case is on, constant communication with your attorney is very important. Never feel uncomfortable calling your attorney’s office to ask about the status of your case.
  3. We don’t know how much your case will settle for or if it will settle at all. Sadly, we cannot promise that we can bring your claim to a resolution. As a firm dedicated to serving justice, we can promise that we will work hard and fight for you, no matter what the end.
  4. You can never give too much detail. The devil truly is in the details. Often times, while speaking with clients, they may mention things like, “it looked like she was on the phone” or “he was in his work uniform when he got out of the car”. Details like these give the attorney a direction to pursue and can help bring your case to a quicker resolution.
  5. Sometimes your best point of contact is the paralegal. Often, your attorney will be out of the office. If you have trouble getting in touch with him/her, ask to speak with their paralegal. Typically, your call will be returned in less than 24 hours or they can coordinate between you and the attorney.

    A lawsuit can be overwhelming for anyone. That is why it is important to have an attorney and staff that you trust. At the end of the day, it is your life that has been significantly affected by a traumatic event and it is our job to help you put those pieces back together. And with a little bit of communication and a lot of hard work, we can help you get back to normal.


Bard IVC Filter Update

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 2:45 pm    

Over 1,500 cases filed in Bard IVC Filter MDL in Phoenix, AZ, before Honorable David G. Campbell.  The filters alleged to have caused injury are Bard’s “optional” filters – i.e. those that Bard has represented to be removable after the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed – the Recovery, G2, G2X, Eclipse, Meridian and Denali filters.

The parties are currently working through general and case specific (trial pick or “bellwether” selections) discovery, with the first bellwether case to be tried in the fall of this year.

The MDL plaintiffs are also seeking certification of a medical monitoring class action with the goal of requiring Bard to establish and pay for a protocol to monitor patients who received optional filters that, due to incorporation into the body, cannot be removed despite no longer being needed.

The trial of the first Bard state court case (non-MDL case) since the MDL was created is the Austin v. Bard, et al matter, pending in Broward County, Florida.  The trial is scheduled for March.  The case involves allegations of serious complications from a G2 filter, requiring an open procedure for removal.

The Alabama-based law firm of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has experience with IVC filter “>defective medical device cases and all forms of medical malpractice. We help clients nationwide determine if they have a claim against IVC filter manufacturers.

The time you have to protect your rights is limited. Please contact our office to speak with one of our Alabama IVC filter attorneys today at (205) 324-1212.

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