In a perfect world, when the action or negligence of someone causes someone else to be hurt, they would step up and take care of the victim. They would pay the cost of their care and ensure they have everything they need until they have recovered. But we do not live in a perfect world.
We live in a world where people or the insurance companies they employ do not always acknowledge their responsibilities. We live in a world where it often takes involving the courts to get the compensation you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Can’t I Just Show the Judge I Got Hurt?
The way insurance companies make their money is by collecting premiums from people and companies with the promise of paying for situations like this. The fact is, we pay a lot more to the insurance companies than they ever pay out. That is how they stay in business. So when you get hurt and they are going to have to pay, you can bet they will try everything they can to make it look like you (and not their client) were responsible for the accident. They will have lawyers working hard to try to prove you are not injured as badly as you claim, that you will fully recover and that they should not have to pay you nearly as much as you are entitled to.
The Role of Your Personal Injury Attorney
Your personal injury attorney knows what the law requires the insurance companies to pay. There are things that you may not even know about, but your lawyer does and they will hold them to the letter of the law. Your attorney will go to work to prove that they were responsible to ensure your safety. He or she will make sure you have the proof you need to impress upon the judge and/or jury the seriousness of your injury and how it can affect your life for years to come.
You Are in No Condition to Make the Choices Needed
You are an honest person. You hope that your body will heal. You trust that there will be no long-term stress related to the accident. You believe when the doctor releases you, you will be able to return to the job and life you had before. But, what if you are wrong?
Your personal injury lawyer has to look at the case through the eyes of the law. Why? Because you only get one chance to make things right. He or she has to proceed as if you may not fully recover or if you do, there could be physical therapy and pain involved for years. He or she has to assume that you will not be able to go back to the job you held before and that you might have to seek employment in another area. While your lawyer hopes for the best, they also prepare for the worst. That is their job and their role in your personal injury case.