If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering if, and when, you should hire a NC Personal Injury Attorney.

Though you may believe that this post will tell you to “always” hire a personal injury attorney, that is simply not the case. While hiring a  NC Personal Injury Attorney to evaluate and maximize your claim is helpful, it is not required. The circumstances of your accident, the type and severity of injuries, and the compensation sought are factors to think about when deciding whether you should hire a personal injury attorney.

For example, say you are involved in a motor vehicle wreck through no fault of your own. The accident was a fender-bender, you did not suffer physical injuries that caused you to go to a doctor for treatment, and the only compensation you seek is for the property damage to your vehicle. In this case, you do not need a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim.

In contrast, say you are in a movie theater and fall down poorly-illuminated stairs while exiting the theater. The fall results in a broken leg, ligament tears in your wrist, and a concussion. You are required to go to the Emergency Room and follow up with countless doctors’ visits until your injuries have healed. Due to your injuries, you are written out of work by your doctors and/or must miss time at work to attend medical appointments. In addition, you want to be compensated for the non-economic damages you endured and may continue to experience in the future. In this case, you should hire a NC Personal Injury Attorney.

When interviewing a potential personal injury attorney, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Does the attorney have the necessary resources to effectively prosecute your claim? Ask those in your family and/or social networks for personal injury attorney recommendations – you are bound to get one or two! Usually, if someone you know has had a good experience with a personal injury firm, you can set your expectations accordingly. If you can’t obtain personal recommendations, read the attorney’s online reviews.
  2. What is the potential attorney’s demeanor? You must be able to trust that your attorney will handle your claim with professionalism, respect, and an understanding of the personal injury litigation process. Always remember, if you are not happy with your attorney or the way they are handling your case, you can terminate the representation.
  3. Third, and finally, is the potential attorney willing to provide you with clear, well-reasoned legal advice? When searching for and interviewing a potential personal injury attorney, ask questions! For example, if you suffer from a pre-existing condition, and wonder how it will impact your case, an experienced, professional personal injury attorney should be able to adequately respond to such questions.

Here at The Bishop Law Firm, we understand that the choice to hire a NC Personal Injury Attorney can be difficult. We strive to offer insightful, creative, and professional legal representation to our clients. We provide free case evaluations for individuals who have been hurt through no fault of their own. We represent those in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and beyond in North Carolina. Call us at (919) 615-3095 to have an attorney review your case – for free!