Four Signs that You Need the Help of a Personal Injury Attorney
Maybe you were rear-ended by a drunk driver. Maybe your child broke his wrist after hitting a dangerous pothole on a bike ride. When you know you and your loved ones weren’t at fault, you may think the case is clear cut, but personal injury claims are often more complex than they appear on the surface. If you or a loved one has been injured and you think you may have grounds for a personal injury claim, you need a trustworthy attorney to help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain and to serve as your personal advocate for justice. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of four signs that you need the services of a personal injury attorney like Bill Cook.
- Emotional Situations: personal injury cases often prompt victims to act from the heart rather than the head, especially when family is involved or if the responsible party is especially confrontational or aggressive. It’s natural for an individual who has been injured as the result of another party’s negligence to lash out emotionally. However, intense knee-jerk reactions will only weaken your potential case.
Before you begin placing blame, speaking with insurance adjusters, or posting about your experience on social media, you should seek the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. The Law Office of William D. Cook is here to offer you a free consultation and take stock of the merits of your case. Bill Cook can advise you about the best course of action and help reduce your stress by handling your case compassionately and professionally.
- Complicated Cases: Your case may seem straightforward on the surface, but it is likely more complicated than you think. Most of us are unfamiliar with the nuances of the legal process: how a claim gets filed, everything that is involved in litigation (from discovery to mediation), and what being in a courtroom is like. Even from the outset of a case it can be difficult to determine who is at fault in a vehicle crash, especially if it involves a rear-end collision. It’s possible that the lead driver braked unnecessarily or too quickly, but it’s also possible that the rear driver didn’t provide ample space between vehicles or was driving distracted. It could even be a combination of both drivers’ mistakes.
Personal injury lawyers have spent many years studying the law and practicing its many applications in court to get you the results you deserve. After spending the better part of two decades dealing solely with personal injury law, Bill Cook has the experience necessary to help you navigate the legal process by requesting and filing relevant forms, advising you of necessary documentation procedures, and serving as your advocate when dealing with insurance adjusters and the companies they represent. He also has the resources available to review the facts of the case and make an authoritative conclusion about who is liable for any damages incurred.
- High Dollar Amounts: A personal injury attorney can help you get a larger settlement than what you might have been offered initially by an insurance company. One example of this involves traumatic brain injury (TBI)–an area in which Bill Cook has a great deal of experience. The science and medicine behind these debilitating injuries is still in its infancy, and as a result, the legal system is still trying to establish firm correlations between the severity and longevity of the injuries in question and the dollar amount required for adequate care and treatment. It’s even possible that the defense counsel and judge in a case are unfamiliar with the requisite treatment required or the long-term nature of such treatment, which obviously equates to higher medical costs and thus a higher dollar amount that should be awarded to the victim
Having served as a judge, trial prosecutor, and personal injury attorney, Bill Cook can determine how much your claim is actually worth. Furthermore, he has the resources to establish a firm monetary value based on the specifics of your case. An insurance company’s initial offer is usually in their best interest and is likely not enough to cover the medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of income that can result from your injuries. Bill Cook knows how insurance companies operate, as well as how to ensure that the full sum related to every aspect of your case is covered by those who are at fault.
- Cases Involving Multiple Parties: Sometimes a case may involve many different parties. When attempting to litigate a case involving the trucking industry, for instance, there are several parties that could be liable: the driver, his company, or even the manufacturer of the vehicle or specific parts of the vehicle. An experienced personal injury attorney like Bill Cook will be able to sift through the pertinent details of the incident and consult with relevant specialists to accurately determine precisely who is at fault and what their liability means for your financial recovery.
There are many scenarios in which the guidance and assistance of an experienced, qualified attorney can help you receive the optimal recovery that you are entitled to. And regardless of the unique circumstances surrounding your injury, the peace of mind an attorney can provide cannot be measured in dollars and cents. If you have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, seek out the experts. Please visit our website or contact the Law Office of William D. Cook at (907) 694-2000 today for a free consultation!