Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer? | Johnson City, TN
Have you suffered an injury but are unsure whether to hire a personal injury lawyer? If you believe your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to a claim for financial compensation for your injuries, pain, damages, and financial losses. However, to have the best chance of winning an injury claim, it is critical to hire a a tenacious and experienced Johnson City personal injury lawyer.
At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have helped injury victims successfully recover compensation for decades. Regardless of whether you have been injured in a car crash or other vehicle accident or in another manner due to someone else’s harmful conduct or negligence, we want to help you seek justice and full and fair monetary damages. Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to get started. Mark Hurt can aggressively fight to get you the maximum compensation possible.
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What Will It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Many law firms charge by the hour and require exorbitantly expensive retainers to represent clients. We believe that injured clients should focus on healing, not how they will afford legal fees.
For this reason, we represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only collect a fee if compensation is recovered (such amount is based upon a percentage of that compensation). Further, we never require a retainer and advance the necessary costs to litigate a lawsuit, meaning that our clients do not have to worry about coming out-of-pocket for any upfront expenses.
Can’t I Just Represent Myself Against the Insurance Company?
Are you a lawyer? Will you take your case to trial, and represent yourself against the lawyers for those responsible for your injuries?
If you were involved in a small car accident resulting in minor vehicle damage, than it usually makes perfect sense to work through your insurance company in seeking compensation for vehicle damages. But if you’ve sustained injuries – especially those that are significant – the circumstances are different.
In these cases, insurance companies typically offer only “nuisance” value settlements. In other words, far less than what is deserved.
They are not concerned that a non-lawyer will take them to court. Even if a court case results, they will still use their lawyers to represent their insured and their interests.
While a lawyer will charge a fee for their time, efforts, and experience, in most cases injury victims will realize much more in compensation even after they pay their attorney than if they had represented themselves.
What are the Other Benefits of Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney?
First, lawyers know the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying fair settlements. Lawyers also pose a real and significant threat that if a settlement is not achieved, a case will be taken to trial.
Insurance companies and defendants know that any trial can pose a significant risk, especially as jurors have a wide range of latitude in determining pain and suffering damages. They also know that they must pay lawyers to defend their interests at trial; unlike personal injury attorneys, defense lawyers almost always charge on an hourly basis, regardless of whether they win or lose.
Second, personal injury lawyers know the types of proof required by adjustors in order to engage in negotiations for full and complete compensation. When injuries are significant and liability is highly disputed, good personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly in seeking to develop the cases of their clients early so that meaningful settlement negotiations can take place.
Third, personal injury law is complex, which is why it is not wise for injury victims to attempt to represent themselves. When injuries are severe, defendants and their counsel will typically vigorously contest virtually all aspects of a case. You will benefit from an experienced lawyer on your side who will work hard in refuting the attempts of defendants and their lawyers to avoid liability.
With over three decades of legal experience, Johnson City injury attorney Mark Hurt excels in providing compelling advocacy for clients.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do You Handle?
We handle almost any type of injury case, including matters involving:
- Commercial trucks
- Car, truck, and SUV crashes
- Motorcycle collisions
- Slips and falls
- Animal attacks
- Pedestrian injuries
- Work and construction accidents
- Workers’ compensation matters
- Construction disasters
- Products liability
- Drug & medical injuries
- Ambulance accidents
- Daycare provider negligence
- Defective products
- Nursing home abuse
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Wrongful Death
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Under Tennessee Code section 28-3-104, individuals have one year to file a lawsuit against a person, company, or other entity they believe is responsible for causing an injury. This is known as the statute of limitations. Typically, this time limit begins when an injury occurs or is (or should have been) discovered. If a timely filing is not made, a claim may be barred, meaning courts will refuse to hear a case, and a victim may be unable to collect damages.
Because those injured have only a limited amount of time to file, it is vital to reach out to an attorney as soon as an injury occurs. If you hire our firm, we can review the details of your case, assist in compiling evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and file a lawsuit (if needed).
How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
When an individual is injured due to another’s negligence, they have a right to seek compensation for past and future medical expenses related to an injury, including:
- ER visits and emergency treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Hospital stays
- Follow-up physician visits
- Physical therapy
- Durable medical equipment
- Home healthcare
- Other expenses related to an injury
In addition to healthcare-related expenses, victims may also be entitled to recover for:
- Lost income
- Property and other damages (such as for the loss of a vehicle)
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (if the responsible party does something exceedingly irresponsible or egregious)
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs (in wrongful death cases)
As a Johnson City personal injury firm, we have extensive experience determining the value of personal injury claims. If you or a loved one was injured, we can review the facts of your case and advise as to the types of damages to which you may be entitled.
Why Should I Hire Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Mark Hurt?
At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, our primary goal is securing for you full compensation for all of your damages from all of those responsible. Additionally, our concern for the welfare of clients goes beyond legal representation; we want every injured individual to have access to excellent medical care.
Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal rights in seeking compensation!