If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering whether or not you need to hire a lawyer to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Personal injury claims are available for anyone who is suffering from injury due to wrongdoing or negligence by a person, company, or agency. In order to claim your compensation, it is recommended that you hire a personal injury lawyer. There are many benefits associated with hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Most people don't know much about personal injury law. The biggest benefit of hiring a lawyer is that they are well practiced and they have good knowledge about various rules and regulations. The attorney you hire will be by your side at every stage of your case to provide you with competent legal advice, and can help you make smart decisions concerning your case.

Another benefit of hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is determining the value of your claim. An attorney will be able to get you exactly what you're worthy of plus more if state laws allow for extra compensation.

You will experience a lot less stress, once you hire an attorney to deal with your injury claim during the course of your case. The attorney will examine the accident, locate witnesses, gather evidence, deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and file all necessary paperwork to file your claim. So instead of worrying about your case, you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries.

            Filing a lawsuit is a serious decision that should never be undertaken lightly. Many people don't consider the facts of lawsuits before heading to their local courthouse to file, and when the process actually starts, they discover themselves lost. Here are some basic steps to consider before filing a lawsuit.

1. Ask yourself if you have a good case

            A very important step to take before filing is evaluating whether or not you have a valid case. Take some time and consider your case; is it worth? Can you win? Moreover even if you win is it worth the money, energy and time? Will it damage your reputation?

2. Research the theories of law

                  Take some time and do research on the theories of law and see if it supports your theories and under which your lawsuit will be filed. Consult an attorney before fill the suit to see if you have a legal basis to start a civil case. The attorney might suggest you on how and whether to proceed with the lawsuit.

3. List the Evidence

                      Collect all of the necessary evidence you will use, such as documents, writings, objects, records, photographs, and so on to see if you can meet the burden of proof. If there are witnesses, contact all the witness and find out if they will be willing to testify on your behalf.

4. Think about whether you'll Be Able to Collect 

                    It does not mean that you will ever collect just because a judgment is entered in your favor. Examine the person you wish to sue to find out what types of assets they have to satisfy any judgment you might receive. For instance, suing a person for one million dollars when their annual salary doesn't exceed $20,000 means you won't ever collect.

5. Make a Reasonable attempt to Settle With the Defendant

                   Until you have made reasonable attempt to settle with the defendant many states will not allow you to file a lawsuit. The Laws differ from state to state, but it is a fine idea to contact the defendant before filing a lawsuit. If there is any other way to dispute other than by filing a lawsuit then talk to the other party and come to an agreement.

If you are injured at your work place or you believe your work may have contributed to an injury then you may be entitled to compensation. If you are eligible for compensation or if have a viable claim, Contact Daniel P Barton Slip and Fall Lawyer Houston or fill our Free Consultation Lawyer Form or Call us (713) 227-4747, 1-800-800-1505.

Having 24 Years of Experience in criminal law I saw variety of reactions by people who are being arrested wrongly. Some of these reactions are reckless but understandable. Others are self defeating to the point of being peculiar. No one plans to be arrested, but it might help to think just once about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase “Put your hands behind you.” The simplest “to do” rule is to do what you are told. Simple, but somehow it often escapes someone who is either scared or intoxicated. 

Five things you SHOULD NOT do

1. Don’t try to convince the officer of your innocence. It’s useless. He or she only needs “probable cause” to believe you have committed a crime in order to arrest you. He does not decide your guilt and he actually doesn’t care if you are innocent or not. It is the job of the judge or jury to free you if he is wrong. If you feel that urge to convince him he’s made a mistake, remember the overwhelming probability that instead you will say at least one thing that will hurt your case, perhaps even fatally. It is smarter to save your defense for your lawyer. 

2. Don’t run. It’s highly unlikely a suspect could outrun ten radio cars converging on a block in mere seconds. I saw a case where a passenger being driven home by a drunken friend bolted and ran. Why? It was the driver they wanted, and she needlessly risked injury in a forceful arrest. Even worse, the police might have suspected she ran because she had a gun, perhaps making them too quick to draw their own firearms. Most police will just arrest a runner, but there are some who will be mad they had to work so hard and injure the suspect unnecessarily.

3. Keep quiet. My hardest cases to defend are those where the suspect got very talkative. Incredibly, many will start babbling without the police having asked a single question. My most vivid memory of this problem was the armed robbery suspect who blurted to police: “How could the guy identify me? The robbers were wearing masks.” To which the police smiled and responded, “Oh? Were they?” Judges and juries will discount or ignore what a suspect says that helps him, but give great weight to anything that seems to hurt him. In 24 years of criminal practice, I could count on one hand the number of times a suspect was released because of what he told the police after they arrested him. 

4. Don’t give permission to search anywhere. If they ask, it probably means they don’t believe they have the right to search and need your consent. If you are ordered to hand over your keys, state loudly “You do NOT have my permission to search.” If bystanders hear you, whatever they find may be excluded from evidence later. This is also a good reason not to talk, even if it seems all is lost when they find something incriminating. 

5. Don’t resist arrest. Above all, do not push the police or try to swat their hands away. That would be assaulting an officer and any slight injury to them will turn your minor misdemeanor arrest into a felony. A petty shoplifter can wind up going to state prison that way. Resisting arrest (such as pulling away) is merely a misdemeanor and often the police do not even charge that offense. Obviously, striking an officer can result in serious injury to you as well.