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Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney – What You Need to Know

January 5, 2015 by The Parrish Law Firm

If you’ve been injured, you may need to find an attorney to help you receive a fair personal injury settlement especially when dealing with Insurance Companies or Large Corporations (which will be case in the majority of these situations).

When the confusion about how to find the right attorney for you has set in and you ask yourself: Where do I find a good attorney whom I can trust? What should I expect? What questions do I ask them? How will my attorney be paid if I don’t have any money?

The following should be helpful in answering those and other questions:

A good personal injury lawyer will bring a lot to the table: strong proven knowledge of the legal process, working knowledge of the Insurance Company processes, and proven experience negotiating and winning, along with positive reviews from previous clients.

Contingency Fee Agreements and Attorney Compensation

Your attorney’s fees will vary depending on your location and the dynamics of your case. In general, you will expect a contingency fee to amount to a percentage of your final settlement.

It is not always necessary to hire an attorney for your personal injury claim. It really depends on the nature and size of your case. For instance, if you were in a minor accident and only attended one or two appointments with a health care provider, then you likely don’t need counsel. However, if the accident and treatment were more serious and ongoing, then you will probably be best served if you hire an attorney who has the expertise you will need to win against legal teams of large insurance companies and corporations. No matter what kind of case, expect that the insurance adjuster (or claims person opposing you) will try to minimize your settlement or get out of paying you all together.

When Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

As you seek compensation, remember that it is extremely common to receive pushback when trying to obtain this money. Insurance companies will always try to avoid paying and will always check to ensure that the expenses they are being charged are valid. It is imperative to keep all of your documentation and receipts. If you have trouble paying your medical bills, you will need to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney for guidance.

Many attorneys don’t have the skills needed to adequately go up against Insurance Companies and their tactics. Invariably, they will try to get out of paying a fair settlement. Parrish began his career working for insurance companies and maneuvering claims to the insurance company’s benefit. Parrish Law Firm, PLLC knows first-hand the tactics that insurance companies use and is well equipped to go up against them and win.

We also have gainful experience obtaining compensation for general damages which are difficult to prove, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Statute of Limitations

A Statue of Limitations is the amount of time under local, state, and federal law to file your claim and protect your rights.

Long-Term or Permanently Disabling Injuries

Accidents sometimes will result in injuries that significantly affect your physical abilities or alter your appearance – either for a long period of time or permanently. Determining the amount that such a serious injury is worth can be a difficult process. With this type of problem at hand, it is advised that you seek legal counsel for help.

Severe Injuries

The amount that your accident claim is worth is largely determined by how severe your injuries are/were. The severity of your injuries is measured by the cost of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have sustained, and the length of time for recovery.

Medical Malpractice

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other medical provider, the medical questions and the legalities involved are complex. Chances are that you will need the guidance of an experienced Personal Injury Attorney as this type of case is both complex and tricky.

Toxic Exposure

If you have become ill due to exposure to contaminants in the air, soil, or water, in products, or in food, proof of this exposure is necessary. Claims based on toxic exposure are difficult to prove and will often require complex scientific data. Chemical Corporations and other industries have erected huge safety nets to protect themselves from legal liability while they continue to use or manufacture potentially harmful chemicals. The evidence that will be required to win your case is very hard to come by.

When an Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

Many times regardless of the severity of your injury, the amount of your medical bills and lost income, insurance companies or government agencies will refuse to make a fair settlement offer. This is when you will want to talk to Parrish Law Firm, PLLC.


There are situations that many people find themselves involved in when they expose wrongdoing by people, businesses, and governments. The threat of retaliation is real enough to deter many people from doing the right thing and becoming whistleblowers. What is a person to do when they decide to do the right thing? Contact an attorney immediately and read and learn the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Revenge Porn/Cyber Rape

If you have found on the Internet that an ex-partner or someone who wants to tarnish your reputation has posted sexually explicit images of you online, especially without your consent or to seek revenge. Then you need to know that this is against the law. This type of privacy violation, known as Revenge Pornography or Cyber-Rape, has become alarmingly commonplace. A survey of adults in the United States revealed that approximately 10 percent of ex-partners have threatened to post sexually explicit photos of them online and close to 60 percent of those threats became reality (McAfee, 2013). Many of these sites include victims’ contact information, which puts the victim’s safety, as well as their reputations, in question. If you have been the victim of this type of behavior, it is recommended that you talk to an attorney for help.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Personal Injury Attorney, located in Manassas and Fairfax works with Northern Virginia citizens who have suffered Personal Injury and are looking for fair compensation for their suffering. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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A representative of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC researched and wrote this article with Mr. Parrish’s consent. If you have any questions regarding the legal implications of what you have just read, please send us your question by clicking here so we can have our attorney review it.

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