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Injured—Why Hire a Lawyer?

It’s summer fun and sun and vacation time.  Vacationers from Peabody, Danvers, Saugus, Salem, Lynn and Wakefield are taking their activities outside to enjoy the balmy breezes and dry pleasant air.  Kids of all ages are pedaling the bike paths and rail trials all over the North Shore. Motorists are enjoying the scenery, taking day trips to the beautiful sandy beaches and strolling the outdoor shopping centers, such as the Lynnfield Market Street.  The North Shore in the summertime is abundant with tourists and residents appreciating all that Massachusetts and the North Shore have to offer.  Unfortunately, along with the crowds enjoying outdoor activities, comes the potential for accidents.  If you are injured while participating in a summer activity, you should consider speaking with an experienced injury lawyer.

commerce-acts-books-477966-mBicycle accidents, car accidents or slips and falls can cause serious injuries, medical expenses and lost time at work.  Talking to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney could go a long way towards getting you a fair settlement for your injuries.  If you have severe injuries, expensive medical bills, or significant loss of wages because of your injuries from an accident, you should consult with a lawyer who practices in the areas of accident and injury law.  Some personal injury lawyers may focus on one area of personal injury in particular, such as slip and fall accidents or car accidents or wrongful death.  One good way to find an experienced accident attorney is by referral, another is to speak with family and friends or search the internet to see what other people have to say about the attorney that you are considering.

If you have an injury from an accident and seek compensation from the wrongdoer, you can expect them to have a lawyer or trained claim handler to review and respond.  This person is not looking out for you.  Rather, they may be trying to trick you into saying something that can be misinterpreted or taken out of context and then be used to reduce or deny your claim.  Level the playing field, don’t wait, get your own skilled lawyer to help as soon as you can.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles; many factors are important in personal injury cases, such as the type of injury or injuries, the amount of time it takes you to recover and the cost of your medical bills or lost wages.  If you are long-term or permanently disabled from your injuries, that can mean a great deal to your case.  Some insurance companies dispute the liability or even deny liability.  Having a personal injury attorney to negotiate with the insurance company as early as possible, on your behalf, can be invaluable.

In nearly every personal injury claim, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer.  Whether it is an automobile accident, a dog bite or bicycle accident, your lawyer will be able to navigate the process of making a claim or defending against the insurance company’s efforts to minimize or reject your claim. Often an injury lawyer will take a personal injury case on a contingency basis.   This means that the lawyer will not charge an hourly fee and only gets paid if he or she gets you money and then will actually get paid from the settlement or the judgment itself.

Consulting with an attorney A-S-A-P is in your best interest.  Many attorneys offer free initial consultations and would be able to advise you if you would benefit from their services.  After the consultation, you will probably know if you can handle the matter on your own (pro se) or if you may be in over your head and need a lawyer.  The best way to protect your rights is to consult with a lawyer, as soon as you can after the accident.

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