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How Do You Know When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm?

Tormey & McConnell Nov. 1, 2022

When you get injured because of someone else’s negligence, you will likely incur medical expenses and loss of income. On top of that, you may be forced to deal with insurance companies in order to obtain compensation to cover your damages. This overwhelming process may leave you with more questions than answers. That is why you are probably considering contacting a personal injury attorney but don’t know when the right time is to do it.  

Knowing when to hire an attorney to assist you with your personal injury claim can make a massive difference in the outcome of your case. Our attorneys at Tormey & McConnell can help you negotiate your personal injury claim with insurance companies and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. We can give your case the attention it deserves and take care of the legal issues in your case while you focus on your recovery. From our office in Amarillo, Texas, we serve injured victims in neighboring areas, including Dumas, Borger, Canyon, Childress, Pampa, and Hereford.  

Common Personal Injuries  

While you can seek financial compensation for any injury you sustain because of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful act, some injuries are more common than others. Some of the most common examples of injuries suffered by personal injury claimants include: 

  • Spinal cord injuries 

  • Back injuries 

  • Traumatic brain injuries 

  • Neck injuries 

  • Cuts and lacerations 

  • Burns 

  • Broken bones 

  • Fractures 

  • Amputations  

  • Internal organ damage 

The injury may affect the victim’s activities of daily living, their ability to work, and their quality of life overall. The extent of the impact depends on the type and severity of the injury. It is important to get prompt medical care after the accident to diagnose the injury and begin the treatment as soon as possible. You also need to keep a journal to document how your injury affects your life to strengthen your future personal injury case.   

Knowing When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm  

While it is always a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney to learn about your rights and legal options, there are certain situations in which it is in your best interests to contact a law firm right away. These situations include: 

  1. You do not understand your rights or how to proceed with your claim. Most people do not know their rights when an accident occurs and do not know what steps to take to obtain compensation for their injuries. Personal injury law can be complicated, especially when you are tending to an injury. That is why it is imperative that you consult with an attorney to learn about your rights and start working on your legal claim immediately.  

  1. Your injuries are severe. The financial damages are significantly higher when you sustain a severe or disabling injury. If your injuries are severe, getting fair compensation can become more complex. That is why you may need an experienced attorney on your side to determine and prove the full extent of your damages to get the compensation you are entitled to.  

  1. The insurance company does not treat you fairly. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to engage in bad faith practices to protect their own bottom line. If you feel that the insurer does not treat you fairly, you need a skilled attorney to help you deal with the insurance company and, if necessary, hold the insurer accountable for their bad faith practices.  

  1. The insurance company alleges that you were at fault. If the other party involved in the accident or the insurance company alleges that your own fault contributed or caused the accident, it is time to contact a personal injury law firm. If you do not take action to challenge the opposing party’s allegations and your fault is established, your claim could be devalued or denied.  

  1. You do not know how much your personal injury claim is worth. Many accident victims who reach out to our office for legal assistance are clueless about the value of their claims. In most cases, people tend to underestimate their own damages and losses. A knowledgeable attorney will examine the facts of your case to calculate the amount of money you can—and should—receive.  

If you are in any of these situations, contact a personal injury attorney straight away. However, this is not a complete list of circumstances in which you should contact a law firm. If you feel that you could use some help from a highly skilled and qualified attorney, contact Tormey & McConnell.  

Things to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney  

If you are looking for a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has a proven record of success and can do a good job on your case, it can take some time and effort to find the right one. The key to finding the right personal injury attorney is asking the right questions. When interviewing your prospective attorney, ask the following things: 

  • Have you ever had cases similar to mine?  

  • How would you handle my case? 

  • How much do you charge and what is your payment structure? 

  • What potential issues or difficulties do you anticipate when handling my case? 

  • Who pays advanced costs if we lose?  

  • Who will communicate with me, and how often will we get in touch?  

When contacting a personal injury law firm, you want to feel confident that you have hired the right attorney for your case. At Tormey & McConnell, we offer free initial consultations so that you can make the best decision for your future without having to worry about any upfront costs. 

Turn to Tormey & McConnell  

If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact our personal injury law firm to discuss your legal options. At Tormey & McConnell, our personal injury attorneys in Amarillo, Texas, can provide reliable legal representation and help you navigate the claims process while you focus on your medical treatment. Schedule a free case evaluation by reaching out to our office in Amarillo, Texas.