Apr 29

What Do Personal Injury Attorneys Do?

Your lawyer’s most important job is to ensure that you understand the legal process and make informed decisions about your personal injury claim and your future. Your lawyer should be available to discuss any concerns that you may have and to provide honest advice about what your best options are. They will be able to explain all of the potential forms of insurance benefits that may be available to you.

Your lawyer will handle discussions with insurance representatives, your doctors and other lawyers. If you hire a personal injury lawyer you will not have to bother taking calls from insurance representatives or other lawyers representing the other side. Your medical records and bills will be obtained and your lawyer will be able to determine what, if anything, you are required to reimburse to others (your health insurer, your auto insurer, etc.) if you obtain a recovery for your claim.

According to various laws and the terms of insurance contracts you are likely going to be required to reimburse your automobile or health insurers for benefits they have paid for your treatment related to your personal injury. If you received workers compensation benefits or benefits from the Oregon Crime Victims Assistance program you will have to reimburse the State of Oregon as well. Your personal injury attorney will be able to identify to whom you may owe reimbursement, provide the proper notice required by law, and negotiate your payments out of any personal injury recovery you received.

You should be careful to hire a lawyer with trial experience.  Some lawyers are simply in the business of taking on a lot of clients and settling their claims for small amounts to generate income for themselves. Instead, you should look for a lawyer that knows how to effectively take your case to trial if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached. This is the best way to ensure that your interests are being protected.

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