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Bitten by a dog? Act now to preserve your rights!

In addition to experiencing frightening attacks, dog-bite victims often are left with permanent scars. If you’ve been bitten by a dog,  you’re likely entitled to compensation for your current and future medical bills, the pain you experienced, and your mental suffering. Contact Dale Emch at 419-241-1150 immediately to protect your claim.

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Will an attorney help me with my personal injury case?
Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Even if you've sustained a personal injury in a Toledo car accident doesn't mean you will need an attorney. If the impact from the accident was minor and your injuries aren’t significant, then you can take a shot at settling the claim yourself. Settling the claim yourself will allow you to keep the full recovery rather than letting the lawyer take a cut, which is typically one-third of the gross settlement. (My book Don't Wreck Your Ohio Car Accident Case - 5 Tips for Handling Your Personal Injury Claim contains information that may be helpful to you if you've been in a car accident. To receive a free copy of my book, call 419-241-1150.

If, however, you have more serious injuries that required you to seek on-going medical treatment, call a lawyer whose practice focuses on personal injury cases. You’ll likely end up with far more money in your pocket even after the attorney’s fee is taken out and you won’t have to hassle with the insurance adjuster. Sometimes people settle their cases for far less than they are worth because they have no frame of reference for what’s fair and they don’t want to spend time working through the claim. An attorney who makes his or her living fighting in the personal injury arena can usually get you a better result than you would on your own. On top of that, turning the claim over to someone else allows you to focus on regaining your health.

Attorneys also have experience dealing with adjusters. They know what arguments they’re going to hear and they know what the adjusters need to do their jobs. Adjusters have the upper hand when they deal with accident victims, so you need to make sure you don’t underestimate them. Even if you’re very successful in other areas of your life, it’s unlikely that you’re going to have the knowledge to put you on equal footing with an experienced adjuster. Insurance adjusters deal with injury claims all day and every day, which gives them an enormous advantage. It’s just common sense that an attorney who deals with injury claims and adjusters every day would be extremely beneficial to your case.

If you’re looking for a lawyer, find someone who spends a significant part of his or her practice on injury cases. The legal issues often get confusing even for lawyers who practice in another specialty. That’s partially due to tort reform – legislation designed to reduce payouts to injured people and benefit insurance companies.  The personal injury practice has some nuances that require skill and experience. An attorney’s brilliance in one area of the law doesn’t necessarily translate to another area. So find someone whose practice revolves around representing the rights of injury victims.