What is a personal injury?
When you were a kid, and you fell and skinned your knee, you sustained a personal injury, most likely a minor personal injury. At that time, you wanted an expert to help you through the tears and pain— that expert was probably a parent or other loved one. Personal injury is a term that covers a broad spectrum of injuries and can be caused by a number of different types of actions.
When your personal injury is at the other end of the spectrum–when there are catastrophic or permanent injuries or even death due to the negligence of another– you most likely want an expert to help you then too.
Let’s say you were cycling on the road in your city and sustained serious injuries from a car colliding with you while you traveled down the street. In this instance, you want a knowledgeable, proven experienced personal injury attorney standing with you.
Do I need a personal injury attorney?
An attorney isn’t needed in every personal injury case. If you have been in an accident where the injuries you sustained are minor and/or the damage to your vehicle is minor, you might want to file the claim with the insurance company yourself.
Perhaps the insurance company has offered policy limits, or maybe you are confident in your ability to google how to handle minor situations and your ability to negotiate successfully. If all of these elements are true, and the offer will compensate you in a way that satisfies you, you might not need an attorney. But, if this is not true, an experienced personal injury attorney may be essential for helping you navigate the situation. Let’s explore why and when you might want an attorney to stand with you.
Attorneys are objective professionals trained to handle complicated personal injury cases
Whenever you or a loved one have sustained catastrophic or permanent injuries due to the negligence of another, you want a knowledgeable, proven personal injury law firm to stand with you.
You want to be able to focus on healing and getting back to whatever the new normal is for your circumstances. You don’t want the added stress of investigating your potential personal injury lawsuit, learning all of the necessary steps for written discovery, depositions, mediation, negotiation and then, if necessary, presenting your case before a jury.
If this sounds complex, be assured it is! When you are learning to walk again, healing from a traumatic brain injury or undergoing additional surgeries, the last thing you (or a loved one) should worry about is learning how to navigate the legal system independently. The expertise of a personal injury attorney is invaluable.
What to look for in an attorney
You want a personal injury attorney who is passionate about what they do and compassionate about what you are going through, and an attorney who can maintain their objectivity as they review all of the facts.
Objectivity and experience are vital tools available to an attorney so they can give you the best possible advice regarding your particular case. When emotion is involved, and when you or your loved one is harmed, it is sometimes difficult to evaluate all aspects of the case to make good decisions.
A knowledgeable, objective attorney will review all the facts and guide you through this difficult time. The legal teams at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst are experienced litigation professionals who can provide wise counsel for you and work on your behalf even when you are focused on recovery.
If your personal injury case cannot be settled satisfactorily, you want an attorney with a proven track record to represent you in court. No matter how easy the television shows make going to court look, preparing a case for trial takes a lot of work, knowledge and skill to be successful in court.
Attorneys know the law and can explain it to you so you can have peace of mind
For personal injury cases, the more devastating the injuries, the more potential parties involved and the more moving parts there are. Think about a vast jigsaw puzzle and how each piece has to go into just the right spot to make a picture you are happy with.
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, we cannot guarantee that we can ever get the outcome you want, but we can promise that we will always be honest with you and work hard with you to get positive results. We are proven litigators who know the law and have a track record of putting all those moving pieces together.
We have a piece of art in our lobby in Oklahoma City that is representative of you shifting the burden and stress of a personal injury lawsuit from your shoulders to ours. You deserve the peace of mind and the knowledge that you can care for your or your loved one’s recovery while we take care of your legal action.
Using a personal injury attorney usually results in a quicker resolution and higher compensation for your claim
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney has a proven track record with insurance claim adjusters and defense attorneys. They might already have a rapport established with both aspects of a case. So when you hire a personal injury attorney, the attorney’s experience in this arena gives them a leg up on resolving your case.
They know what to do, how to do it, who to contact to get information, etc. In other words, they don’t have to “investigate” how to work a personal injury claim; they just get started working it.
Without an attorney, you have to Google or ask friends all these questions, and as you may know, Google doesn’t always provide the most reliable information. An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to work the case, can present all of the facts, and knows how to negotiate for you. Hiring a team of knowledgeable, proven, experienced personal injury attorneys in most cases will result in a successful resolution more quickly and for higher amounts than if you represent yourself.
Maples, Nix, and Diesselhorst is here to stand with you
If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic or permanent personal injury due to the negligence of another person and their injury involved either nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, birth injury or car crash, call Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst for a free consultation. Oklahomans choose Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst time and time again because of our passion, empathy and experience working with clients who have sustained personal injuries as a result of someone else’s actions. We know this is a difficult time. Our team of personal injury attorneys are ready to stand with you. Please contact our team for a free consultation.