If you were injured in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This compensation may include money for your medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care and pain and suffering. Some people contemplate bringing a lawsuit against the responsible entity themselves, in order to save on lawyers’ fees. While you are not obligated to hire an offshore injury lawyer, there are many benefits to doing so. Learning about these benefits may help you decide whether you should hire one for your claim or whether you should attempt to file the case on your own. Here are a few of the benefits of hiring an attorney for an offshore injury claim.
Determining Where to File the Claim Can Be Complex
One of the biggest challenges to filing offshore injury claims is determining what court to file the case with. Since you were on the water, determining what county or state has jurisdiction over that waterway and where the case should be properly filed is not easy. If you file in the incorrect venue, your claim can be thrown out. An attorney knows where your case should be properly filed and will handle the filing so you do not have to.
You Have a Limited Timeline to File the Claim
Another benefit to hiring an attorney for an offshore injury claim is that an attorney knows when the statute of limitations tolls on your case. If your claim is not filed before the statute expires, you give up all rights to ever file a case again. However, the timeline you have to bring a case against a company varies based on many factors. An attorney knows what these factors are and will ensure your case is filed before you lose the right to do so forever.
An Attorney Knows What Your Injuries Are Worth
The last benefit to hiring an attorney is that the attorney knows what your claim is worth. Most people have no idea what their injuries are worth or what they can expect to get for their injuries. You may settle your case for $50,000, thinking it is a lot of money. But come to find out, your future medical bills may be significantly higher, and an attorney could have gotten you $100,000. An attorney knows what your case is worth, helping you to get a fair amount for the injuries you sustained.
If you were injured in an offshore accident, you need a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with personal injury, maritime law and the Jones act. If you are in the greater Houston, TX area, call us today. We are a personal injury lawyer who can help you with your offshore injury claim. Call us now to schedule a consultation and get the ball rolling to get the money you are entitled to for your injuries.