Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner logo

Do I need a lawyer?

Suffering an injury or losing a loved one can be traumatic, and coping with the aftermath of an accident is often overwhelming. As you are trying to move forward with the recovery process and rebuild your life, coping with legal proceedings is likely the last thing you want to think about. However, while you need to focus on getting better, you also need to ensure that you are protecting your right to make a claim for compensation.

Victims of injuries have a right to be fully and fairly compensated for the harm they endure as a result of the negligence of others. Unfortunately, actually obtaining the compensation you deserve can be a challenge – which is why it is so important to get the right help from a personal injury lawyer.

The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner is here to provide the help and support you need to navigate the legal process. Our firm is focused on providing advocacy and support for clients as they cope with the aftermath of serious accidents.

Our legal team will listen carefully to you, treat your case with the empathy you deserve, and help you throughout the process of obtaining compensation after an accident has occurred. Give us a call today to find out more about the assistance we can offer.

Top Reasons You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

There are many reasons to hire a personal injury attorney after you have suffered harm or after a loved one has passed away because of an accident. Some of the key reasons to hire a lawyer to include the following:

An attorney can help you to determine if you have a claim for compensation.

Not every injury results in a personal injury claim.  You need to be able to prove that some other person, company, or entity was at least partly responsible for harming you. Slip and falls, car accidents, nursing home injuries, medical malpractice, and many other types of incidents can result in an injury claim – but you need to work with a lawyer to determine if the circumstances surrounding your injury give you a right to recover compensation.

An attorney can explain the laws applicable to your case.

There are different rules associated with different kinds of injury claims. For example, if you are pursuing a car accident case against another driver, you need to prove the driver was negligent. But, if you are pursuing a case against a company for a defective product that caused you harm, proving negligence isn't required. An attorney can help you to understand what you have to prove to successfully make a claim based on the cause of your injuries.

An attorney can help you to determine who can be held accountable for losses.

There may be multiple parties who you can file a lawsuit against to pursue a claim for compensation. For example, after a truck accident, you could sue the driver and the trucking company in most circumstances. With help from a lawyer, you can identify all parties from whom you could obtain compensation.

An attorney can help you to understand what your claim is worth.

You need to understand what types of compensation you are likely to receive after an accident. Compensation could include payment for medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If a loved one has died, wrongful death damages could be provided.

An attorney can help you to deal with insurance companies involved in your claim.

Often, insurance companies are involved in injury claims. This could be auto insurers, renters' or homeowners' insurers, malpractice insurers, or other types of insurance companies. Insurers want to protect their profits and may look for reasons not to compensate you or to pay as little as possible. Your attorney can help when you talk to the insurer so you don't jeopardize your claim.

An attorney can help you to gather evidence to prove your case.

When you pursue a claim for compensation, you have the legal burden of proving who was to blame for the accident.

An attorney can help you to negotiate a settlement.

If you wish to resolve your claim outside of court, you can negotiate a settlement with the person who hurt you. An experienced attorney can help you with negotiations and can advise you on whether a settlement offer is fair.

An attorney can help you to handle the legal technicalities of an injury claim.

When you file a lawsuit, you need to submit court paperwork. You need to go through a discovery process in which information is exchanged with the defendant. There are many technical requirements to fulfill that a lawyer can help with.

An attorney can help you to comply with deadlines.

You need to pursue your case within the statute of limitations and comply with all court deadlines. Your lawyer understands time limits for making a case and will help to ensure you don't miss the chance to prove your claim.

An attorney can help you to present evidence in court.

The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner can present evidence in a compelling, understandable way to maximize your chances of convincing the court to hold the defendant accountable.

Mark C. Wagner is a trusted personal injury attorney known for putting his clients first. Our firm stands apart because we take the time to truly listen to all of our clients, to understand your goals and fears when pursuing a claim, and to put our legal knowledge to work to help you get the compensation you need to move forward.

To find out more about the assistance our legal team can offer you, contact us today.