Top 11 Reasons to Hire an Attorney

Last updated on: November 14, 2022

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of someone else, you shouldn’t have to go through the legal process alone. While the thought of hiring an attorney may seem intimidating, a personal injury lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. An experienced team of attorneys can answer your questions and advocate for you. 

With law firms like Zinda Law Group, you do not have to worry about the uncertain outcome or the hourly fees of a lawyer, because they operate on a contingency fee. If you are unsure if you need an attorney or not, contact Zinda Law Group today for a free case consultation.

The Law is Complicated

Laws are in place to help people act in a way that benefits society. However, the legal system is extremely complicated, which is why lawyers are educated so rigorously—but this can make it extremely difficult for someone who is not a lawyer to succeed on their own.

In the United States, laws can be governed by either federal or state statutes and in federal or state court, depending on the crime, the identities of the parties involved, and whether the matter is civil or criminal. There can be numerous disputes over the correct jurisdiction of a case (where it should be heard), and cases can be thrown out entirely because the judge determines they are being brought in the wrong state or the wrong court. Statutes of limitations vary from state to state as well, as do the most basic of laws.

Lawyers Know How to Negotiate Settlements and Plea Bargains

Generally, an individual will experience a settlement or a plea bargain only a few times in their life, if not only once. That means they do not have a good frame of reference for judging the fairness of such an agreement, or the possible other options that are available to them.

In contrast, a lawyer has seen many different agreements throughout their time as a lawyer. A lawyer will be able to use their similar experiences to determine if a settlement is fair, or if a plea bargain is the best option for their client. For example, you may be impressed to be offered a $10,000 settlement for your car accident, but a lawyer could tell you if that’s only half the amount you are likely to receive if you go to trial. A lawyer may also point out that such a settlement would only cover your medical bills and not your lost wages from your injury.

With a lawyer, you will be able to determine what legal options are available to you, which allows you to make fully-informed decisions.

If You Don’t Have a Lawyer it May Cost You More

Paying legal fees is something that no one looks forward to. However, not having a lawyer could be worse in the long run because legal mistakes can be very costly. If you make a mistake in a legal proceeding, you could be required to pay fees—or worse, you could end up losing your claim entirely, throwing away anything you might have potentially gained through something as simple as missing a filing deadline.

In another case, if you make a mistake with your case you might need to hire a lawyer to rectify your mistakes, which could end up costing you even more in the long run if the lawyer has to spend time fixing your actions as well as pursuing your legal action itself.

Lawyers Know How to Challenge Evidence

In any legal case, both sides will present arguments and evidence in order to back up their statements. Usually, a single piece of evidence cannot tell a whole story, but the lawyers on the opposing side may infer a whole story from just one thing. Sometimes evidence contrary to your argument will exist, even as a result of something being misconstrued.

If you have a lawyer, you will be able to challenge the use of evidence that does not help your case. Lawyers can go after the collection methods of evidence, challenging that it was not contaminated before, during, or after retrieval; they may also challenge the legality of collecting evidence, which can be effective if evidence was retrieved by law enforcement without a warrant. Even if evidence cannot be thrown out, your lawyer can still determine how best to respond to it as your case progresses.  

A Lawyer Can Present Your Strongest Case

While the truth is always of the utmost importance in a courtroom, simply stating the facts of a case will not necessarily win a trial. A lawyer will be able to develop a theory of a case, finding the most persuasive evidence and statements in order to make the point that will be most beneficial to your case.

The Other Party Probably Has Legal Representation

If you are facing criminal charges or the opposing party is some kind of commercial entity, you can be sure that the opposing party has legal representation. Criminal charges are always prosecuted by a lawyer working for the state, whereas civil cases with commercial entities such as insurance agents will have the benefit of their legal department and also the resources to hire any potential outside counsel they may need to most effectively present their arguments. You will be at a distinct disadvantage if you do not have legal counsel and the opposing side does.

They Have Access to the Witnesses and Experts You’ll Need on Your Side

Many personal injury cases require some sort of expert testimony if there is no way to gather direct evidence. A lawyer will be able to locate and retain these experts in order to make your case as strong as possible.

Filing the Wrong Document or Following the Wrong Procedure Could Ruin Your Case

Not only is the law complicated, but the procedures of each court differ. Cases can be dismissed simply because of various technicalities that a plaintiff failed to follow, such as deadlines and specific forms, failing to state a claim, and more. 

It’s Always Better to Avoid Problems Than Fix Them Later

It can be difficult to rectify mistakes made in legal proceedings. For example, there are many arguments that you cannot bring up past a certain deadline in a case—even if they are true. For example, there are certain defenses that are waived if they are not brought up before a specific time in the proceedings. There are many restrictions to what lawyers can argue on appeal as well, even things that could have been useful to the case had they been utilized properly during the first trial.

How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney

If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, contact Zinda Law Group today for a free  consultation. The lawyers at Zinda Law Group have extensive experience recovering compensation for their clients, so you don’t have to worry about pursuing your claim by yourself. Also, Zinda Law Group has a No-Win, No-Fee Guarantee, which means that you don’t pay anything unless you receive a settlement.