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A personal injury attorney is a specialist in representing and protecting the rights of people who have been injured due to the negligence of another party. Although a person who has been injured is free to try to negotiate a settlement directly with an insurance company, anyone who chooses this route should expect to get a minimal settlement, because that is the best their adjusters are authorized to offer.
On the other hand, an experienced personal injury lawyer, one who has a reputation as a tough and savvy litigator, will prepare and present your case in such a way as to maximize your compensation, whether this happens in or out of court. Insurance companies want to pay the least amount possible and will try to get injured parties to sign off on a small settlement, but they also steer away from trials, which are expensive to conduct and hard to predict. If the personal injury attorney is known to be willing go to court and to present a well-prepared case, the insurance company will be more likely to offer a reasonable out-of-court settlement, and many times will offer the full value of the insurance policy.
What Kinds of Cases Do a Personal Injury Attorneys Handle?
Personal injury attorneys specialize in handling all cases in which a person has been injured or killed through the negligent act of another. Motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and product liability cases are some of the main areas of focus in a personal injury law practice.
How Do I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The good news is that you don’t have to put any money down to retain a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will represent you on a contingency basis, meaning that the legal fee will come out of the settlement or verdict at the conclusion of the case. A good way to find the right lawyer is to ask friends or acquaintances who have received large settlements for recommendations. Another way is to ask other lawyers in the community for recommendations. Personal injury is a highly specialized area of practice. Other lawyers know who does it well.
For experienced legal representation in your Dothan injury case, contact the law firm of Pittman Dutton & Hellums.
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