No one wakes up in the morning, knocks back a cup or two of coffee, leaves for work and hopes they get into a car accident on the morning commute.

People do not actively seek involvement in a workplace incident, a slip-and-fall mishap or any number of scenarios that lead to personal injury and monetary losses.

Accidents happen, however, and one of the most critical decisions to make is whether to hire a personal injury attorney. Securing the services of a lawyer will give you peace of mind.

Expert advice

Even a seemingly minor car accident could cause a significant injury to your back, neck and spine. Insurance companies are going to work to protect their interests above anything else. They have the financial and legal resources to contest the severity of your injuries and refuse to compensate you for monetary losses. People often attempt to manage insurance claims on their own and do not hire an attorney until litigation becomes necessary.

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, it evens the playing field for you when dealing with insurance companies. An attorney represents you in negotiations and protects your interests, which do not intersect with insurance companies that are looking to save money in any way possible, likely to your detriment. A lawyer will also make sure that you are compensated for your medical bills and any potential property damage.

Watching the clock

Medical malpractice claims have statutes of limitations, so victims should engage a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The claims process is cumbersome and requires a great deal of work. Attorneys know which legal documents to file based on the applicable statutes of limitations.

Improving the odds

Personal injury lawyers often take cases on a contingency basis. That means they only get paid if they win or settle your case, which is an incredible benefit to you and motivates your attorney to get you best settlement possible. Lawyers also quickly determine whether it is worth your time to pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to prevail, you will not need to incur the time and expense of preparing for litigation.

An attorney will quickly assess whether your case may be resolved through mediation or negotiations to get the best settlement as early in the litigation process as possible. If a trial becomes necessary, your lawyer will work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor.