When Should I Reach Out to a Personal Injury Attorney?


Injury can happen anytime, often when it’s least expected. Even something minor can cause an injury that produces life-altering consequences. Injuries take a toll, both emotionally and financially, and can exact themselves in unexpected ways. If you’ve found yourself dealing with the repercussions of an injury, or if you’re frustrated trying to find acceptable solutions via another party’s insurance company, you might be wondering when the right time to call an injury attorney is.

We have the answers to all your injury-related questions and can help connect you with the help you need to respond to your accident in the best possible way. Learn more about personal injury law and give us a call at (219) 300-5204 today!

What Is Personal Injury?

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The label personal injury applies to more than just physical injuries to your person. Personal injury covers:

Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are accidents that result in personal injury where another driver is at fault. Injuries from auto accidents can take many forms, and some even take days to appear fully. If your accident has had negative impacts on your life or affected your ability to work, a personal injury attorney may be able to help.

Work Accidents

If you’ve been injured on the job, most companies have special insurance protections to help you seek the help you need. Construction sites, with their heavy equipment and dangerous environments, can be common locations where workers get hurt. That said, any job can be hazardous, and accidents can happen in almost any setting.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

You might also find yourself injured from a random accident that took place on business premises or someone else’s property. When a property is dangerous and poses a risk to visitors, there’s a chance for injury. Slippery floors, uneven sidewalks or flooring, broken staircases, poor lighting, or debris on the ground can sometimes be all it takes to cause a serious accident with severe consequences.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases are those where another person’s negligence or wrongful act resulted in someone’s death. Often, loved ones file this type of claim on behalf of someone who’s deceased. Defective products or medical malpractice are examples of incidents that can lead to wrongful death.

Nursing Home Abuse

Personal injury can also apply to those experiencing neglect or mistreatment in a nursing home. Sadly, these cases are more common than you may think. Luckily, there is recourse for afflicted parties to seek retribution for the mistreatment using a personal injury attorney.

When To Contact an Injury Attorney

If you have a case like one of those described above, an injury attorney may be able to help. Contacting an attorney sooner than later can save you valuable time and money. That said, injury attorneys aren’t appropriate for every situation. Here’s when to contact an attorney:

When You’re Seriously Injured

Serious injuries that go beyond those received from a minor fender bender can often necessitate a call to an attorney. Calling right away can ensure someone with experience reviews your case and tells you what your options are. Often, after a severe accident, medical bills aren’t the only costs you incur. Getting fairly compensated is important.

When the Responsible Party’s Insurance Company Is Disputing Your Claim

While working with the other party’s insurance company, they may try to dissuade you from filing a claim. Insurance companies are skilled negotiators who ultimately want to save their company as much money as possible. You should never have to pay a medical bill for an accident that wasn’t your fault. If you’re unable to make headway with the insurance company, a personal injury lawyer can help.

When You Feel You Deserve More Compensation Than the Insurance Company Is Offering

Insurance companies might try to offer you less compensation than you ultimately deserve. If their offer doesn’t cover your expenses following an accident, or if you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, personal injury attorneys can help you make your case. Our experience and knowledge of the relevant laws make it easier for us to offer answers.

What Types of Cases Qualify?

Not all cases are good cases for a personal injury attorney to take on. If you’re unsure about your case, you can always consult with a member of our team to see if you have options. Typically, we look for these requirements when deciding to take on a case:

  • Another person’s wrongful or negligent act caused the accident.
  • The injuries were from the accident.
  • The accident produced actual losses.
  • The responsible party can provide compensation, either through their insurance or through personal means.

How Can Injury Attorneys Help?

Injury attorneys can help by:

Getting Larger Settlements

Settling a case yourself without experienced legal representation can cost you. Dealing with insurance companies takes experience because insurance companies have experience. They deal with claims day after day. Likely, someone making a substantial claim only does so once in their life. That lack of experience can cost you in negotiations. Having legal representation on your side can help.

Advising You on Your Options

It’s easy to feel lost after an accident. Having a legal expert to consult on your case can help you learn about your options and what you’re entitled to. This can make it easier to advocate for yourself and what you deserve.

Representing Your Case

Injury lawyers work to represent you and help you get all you’re entitled to. By representing you, we can use our knowledge and expertise to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Having someone you can trust to fight for you lets you focus on recovery without the stress of handling complicated proceedings on your own.

The personal injury lawyers at Alvarez Law Office are here for you to help answer your questions and get the legal representation you need for your personal injury case. For accident victims in Indiana and Illinois, there’s no one you can trust more with your claim. Not sure if your case meets the criteria? Give us a call. One of our expert team members would be happy to speak with you about your case. It’s never a bad time to get the representation you deserve after an accident.

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