When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

There are many reasons why you may need to find legal representation, from automotive accidents to damage caused by defective products.

If you're the victim of an injury, you may be wondering if it's time to hire a lawyer. To help you determine what's right for you, Erie Injury highlights the various situations in which a lawyer can help recover damages and ensure you're fully compensated for your time, pain, and troubles.

In the eyes of the law, a personal injury is more complicated than one might assume. Typically, courts base a personal injury on "negligence." Negligence is an individual's failure to act as a "reasonable person." 

Accordingly, a personal injury is any form of harm to a person's body, emotions, or reputation due to the unreasonable actions of another. While some cases are straightforward and can be settled appropriately between the two parties, others are more complex and demand the victim show ample proof to win the case. Therefore, you'll want to contact a lawyer if you've recently suffered an injury due to a(n):

  • ATV or four-wheeler accident
  • Auto accident
  • Dangerous and defective product
  • Dog bite
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Slip and fall
  • Truck accident
  • Work-related task
  • All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Accident

A study published by Nationwide Children's Hospital and Clinical Pediatrics found that emergency departments treat more than 11,000 people for nonfatal ATV-related head and neck injuries annually.

If you've been in an ATV accident, you should contact an experienced ATV accident attorney as soon as possible. ATV accident attorneys will help you determine if you should make an injury claim against the driver's insurance, a landowner's homeowner's insurance, or the vehicle manufacturer.

Auto Accident

There are nearly 7 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes annually in the United States. Roughly 2 million of these crashes result in injury. If you're seeking a fair settlement, you need to do more than talk to your insurance company. You need a lawyer by your side.

Do not discuss the case with an insurance adjuster. They’ll likely contact you for a recorded statement, which could then be used against you to settle for a lesser amount. A lawyer should handle all communication with insurance providers, so be sure to get in touch immediately following an accident.

Dangerous and Defective Product

According to the National Safety Council, emergency rooms treated 11.7 million people for injuries sustained from consumer products in 2021. Most of these injuries involved everyday products such as televisions, household cleaners, appliances, and furniture.

Sadly, many of these product injuries hurt young children and older adults. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury due to a dangerous or defective product, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer. Product liability cases are some of the most challenging to navigate successfully.

Dog Bite

While they're certainly cute and cuddly, dogs can cause serious injury. In fact, there are a staggering 4.5 million reported dog bites in the United States each year. Of the people bitten, nearly 1 in 5 require medical attention.

If someone else's dog has injured you, you can make a claim against their homeowner's or renter's insurance policies. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can be fully compensated for any lost wages and medical bills as well as pain, suffering, and scarring. However, having an attorney is critical as you'll need to prove negligence on the dog owner's part. 

Motorcycle Accident

They're fun and fast and come with a sense of freedom, but motorcycles are also dangerous. While they only account for 3 percent of all registered vehicles, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, 18 percent of all occupant fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupant injuries.

If you've been in a motorcycle crash, you should find a personal injury lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents. Reason being, due to the severity of the injuries, insurance adjusters are more aggressive and try to uncover ways to blame the biker.

Slip and Fall

Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, making them the leading cause of ER visits. If you've been in a slip and fall accident:

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Survey the scene
  • Request security footage
  • Find witnesses
  • File an official incident report

Because slip and falls are some of the most complex personal injury cases to win, you'll also want to contact an attorney who specializes in these cases. Remember, you'll need to prove that the person or business was acting negligently. Doing so is exceptionally challenging if you don't have someone speaking to witnesses, preserving evidence, and obtaining security camera footage.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. Whether you were behind the wheel of a truck or hit by one, it's essential to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. They'll help you preserve critical evidence (maintenance logs, driving logs, etc.) and interview the necessary witnesses before they're uncontactable. That's why, after a trucking accident, you need an attorney immediately.

Further, if you are a truck driver and were injured in an accident, you may also have a trucking accident workers' compensation claim.

Work-Related Task

There are nearly 3 million work-related injuries that occur each year. If you've been hurt on the job, you're entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, your employer's insurance company will likely find ways to reduce their costs as much as possible. To ensure you're compensated fairly, we highly recommend you:

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Report your injury
  • Continue reviewing pay stubs to ensure your workers’ comp insurance is paying you
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible
  • If your claim was denied, the insurance company halts payments, or the insurance company says you need to return to work before you're ready, you must consider seeking legal representation.

Get the Help You Need

If you've been injured in Erie, Pennsylvania, or the surrounding region, you need to find a personal injury lawyer to ensure fair compensation. Whether you've been in an automobile accident or were bitten by a dog, the attorneys at Erie Injury are ready to help you. Call our office for a free consultation at 814-452-6232.

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