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I’m Glad I Hired You To Handle My Lawsuit March 3, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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I get comments like that a lot.  I think it is more of a colloquialism than anything.

Injured people should hire an attorney to avoid a lawsuit.  Personal injury attorneys can do more good for you the earlier you hire them.  (That is a post for another day)

If a dog bite, car accident or other incident happens and you hire a lawyer a few days later my best guess is that their is less than a 10% chance that the case will go to a jury trial.   I can say that by looking at my current caseload.

So, just by hiring a personal injury attorney you have not filed a lawsuit. At that point it is probably more accurate to say that you have a “claim” against the at fault party.  If a lawsuit is necessary we’ll certainly file it (and I can tell you as a personal note I’ll enjoy taking depositions and going to trial if need be) but in many cases a lawsuit won’t be necessary.

You hire a lawyer to protect you from accusations from other drivers (i.e. in order to reduce/remove allege contributory negligence that insurance companies will throw at you).  You hire a lawyer to make sure you include every bit of compensation that the law allows.  You hire a lawyer to make this process as painless as possible.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I’ve handled a large number of cases where my client didn’t come to me until months or a year or so after the collision.  Sometimes the insurance company strung the person along and then when the unreasonable offer came I was the very next call.  In those cases there isn’t much we can do.  A lawsuit needed to be filed.

These are all things about which you’ll need to talk with your personal injury attorney.

Next:

Why hire a personal injury attorney right away?

www.jonpgroth.com

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Cascade, Lomira, Janesville and Wauwatosa.

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