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When Should You Seek a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Jennifer A. Barry

When someone suffers a personal injury they often wonder “should I hire a lawyer” or “can I handle this on my own?” As legal advocates for families and victims who have suffered significant personal injuries, we at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. in Providence, Rhode Island handle a wide variety of personal injury claims and want to take this opportunity to help you decide if and when you should contact a personal injury lawyer.

First and foremost, if you are injured, be sure you obtain the medical attention you need right away. Your ongoing health should always be your first concern. Then, if you believe that you or a family member may have been the victim of a preventable personal injury due to the actions of another, it is important that you seek legal advice from an attorney as soon as possible. If your medical condition prevents you from contacting an attorney on your own behalf, ask a family member or friend to make the initial contact for you.

The legal term “personal injury claim” covers a wide range of different circumstances such as automobile accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, dog bite cases, medical malpractice claims and product liability cases. To be successful, however, all personal injury claims have one common requirement: that an individual suffers a preventable injury due to the fault of another.

Examples of when contacting an attorney is most important include situations where the medical or legal issues are complex:

  • The injuries sustained are severe or expected to be permanent or long term;
  • The injury resulted from a potential medical professional’s actions;
  • The injuries resulted from a potential toxic exposure or defective product; or
  • The medical bills for needed treatment or lost wages are anticipated to be large and ongoing.

In these circumstances, do not attempt to take matters into your own hands and deal with insurance adjusters, risk managers or attorneys for the other side. Instead, seek guidance and advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you on how best to proceed.

Lastly, contacting an attorney in these circumstances makes sense because it should not cost you anything to investigate whether a personal injury attorney is interested in representing you. Indeed, at our firm, we specialize in representing personal injury clients on a contingency fee arrangement. This means you pay no legal fee or costs unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf.

We hope that you and your family never need the services of a personal injury or wrongful death attorney. But should that need arise, please know that you can count on the experience and unparalleled level of commitment of the attorneys ofDecof, Barry, Mega & Quinn.