By Gary A. Richard
Like a flagged play stops the game in football, an accident can bring your life to a sudden halt. If you’re injured, you look to an insurance adjuster to make the call and compensate you for your injury.
But they don’t always get it right.
“When an accident happens, the injured individual may be offered inadequate compensation, or even no compensation at all,” explains Gary Richard, personal injury lawyer with Burchell MacDougall, “They’ve been told that they don’t have a case; but that doesn’t have to be the final word.”
A personal injury lawyer can challenge the insurance company’s call and seek a fair solution on your behalf.
“I can look at it from above the fray, from a professional, experienced and impartial standpoint,” he goes on, “And pull out the legal aspects from the situation in order to assess liability.”
It’s human nature to blame ourselves when something goes wrong, and people often don’t realize they have a case until a friend, family member, or even their doctor tell them they should talk to a lawyer. And, since Burchell MacDougall offers free personal injury consultations, there’s no downside to making an initial appointment.
“When I first meet a client, they’ve been made to feel like they aren’t entitled to compensation, and they simply don’t know what to do. But after that first meeting, most people leave the office feeling relieved and like a burden has been lifted.”
It’s important to talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as some accident and negligence claims have limitation periods. And the longer you wait, the more the stress will harm you and impede your recovery.
“The financial stress caused by an accident alone can cause a negative spiral,” Gary explains, “A decrease or stoppage of income can cause you to get behind on bills, and cause a crisis for you and your family.”
Instead of worrying, you should be following medical advice and focusing on your recovery, knowing that your lawyer will manage the situation and protect your interests.
And then you can focus on the next play.
This article is for information only and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have any questions or would like further information, you should consult a lawyer.