If you have been injured because of the negligence or reckless actions of another party, you deserve to be fully compensated for medical expenses, time missed from work, damage to personal property, and other losses you experienced. Unfortunately, most of the time, it is not easy to recover full and fair compensation from a personal injury. Usually, the insurance company will do whatever they can to minimize your claim or even deny your claim altogether.
To help ensure that the insurance company provides a fair settlement, you will often need to retain legal representation. This is especially true if you suffered more severe injuries and/or the case is more complex; e.g., there are multiple parties involved and it is not entirely clear which party (or parties) are responsible.
If the insurance company is forcing you to jump through a lot of hoops to receive the just compensation you deserve, it is time to consider hiring a personal injury attorney. An attorney can thoroughly review your case, investigate the facts and evidence related to the underlying incident that caused your injury, accurately value your claim, and negotiate a settlement directly with the insurer or file a personal injury lawsuit to recover full damages.
Top Considerations when Hiring a Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer
When choosing the right attorney to handle your case, there are several factors that should be considered. Here are 5 of the most important:
When you are looking for an attorney to help you pursue an injury claim, you need someone who thoroughly understands this area of the law and has several years of experience practicing in your state. Your attorney should be someone who has a proven track record of successful results, even in the most complex personal injury cases. They should have in-depth knowledge of their potential adversaries, the common tactics they use, and what it takes to secure full and fair compensation.
Direct Involvement of Attorneys
Hiring an experienced attorney is important, but you also need to make sure your case is handled by attorneys rather than being handled entirely by paraprofessionals. Ideally, the firm will have a team approach where you will benefit from the expertise of the attorneys as well as the rest of the staff. Using a collaborative approach, your team is best prepared to overcome the challenges that may come up during the legal process.
Access to Resources
In addition to skilled legal professionals handling your personal injury case, the firm you are working with should also be able to bring in other experts as witnesses to speak authoritatively to certain aspects of the case. For example, with more complicated cases, your attorney may need to enlist the help of accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, forensic evidence experts, financial professionals, and other specialists (when needed) to assist the legal team with the case and/or provide expert testimony to help effectively explain the case to the judge or jury.
In order to recover just compensation for your injuries, you need to be willing to take the case to trial (if needed). In general, it is in everyone’s best interests to settle a case without the need for costly and protracted litigation. However, if the other side is not willing to be reasonable, your attorney should be ready and able to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are some firms that never take a case to trial. Unfortunately, this provides very little incentive for the other side to negotiate in good faith. Your lawyer should have ample experience inside the courtroom and the willingness to go to court if the circumstances warrant it.
Finally, you need to choose a personal injury attorney who you feel comfortable working with. This would be someone who is honest, straightforward, and holds themselves to the highest ethical and professional standards. You also want someone who is service-oriented, treats their clients with dignity and respect, and regularly communicates with them so they are always kept informed on the progress of the case.
Looking for a Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer? Reeves & Mestayer is Here to Help
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in Mississippi that was someone else’s fault, we welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. Call our office today at 228-374-5151 or toll free 1-855-558-2977 for a free, no-obligation case assessment. You may also send us a message through our online contact form. We can meet with you to thoroughly review your case and advise you of your legal rights and options, so you can make the most informed decision and how you wish to proceed.