It’s usually advisable to hire an attorney when you or a family member runs into any sort of legal trouble. Some situations are potentially so serious that the assistance of an attorney really is a must. Following are five legal situations when it’s essential to hire a lawyer to save you money and avoid serious legal complications.
Juvenile Legal Problems
If your child was the victim in a bullying situation and now has medical expenses for physical or psychological trauma, you need a lawyer. An experienced attorney can determine all the parties at fault and make sure you don’t end up paying for what someone else caused. In addition to the other students who harassed or attacked your child, the school and individual school employees may also be responsible parties.
Slip and Fall Accidents/Personal Injury Cases
If you’re a homeowner and someone is injured on your property, you need an attorney to help protect you from excessive monetary judgments. An example of a case where a homeowner needs a personal injury lawyer is a dog bite case. You may have a fence, you may have a “beware of dog” sign, but you can still be sued if someone puts their fingers through the fence and is bitten by your dog. You can also face expenses like paying to get your dog out of quarantine if the dog’s rabies vaccination isn’t current.
If you’re involved in a car or motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you need an attorney. Bikers are at risk of greater physical injury in any vehicle accident. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and have to miss work or if you’ve been told you’re permanently disabled, you should consult a lawyer. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses or worry about how to put food on the table if you can’t go back to work.
DIY divorce is popular today. You can fill out the forms online and file them yourself without an attorney. You can also lose out on vital benefits like alimony and a portion of your spouse’s Social Security benefits. Getting divorced without a lawyer usually leaves one spouse with some degree of financial hardship.
Do you have a blog or website? Have you used pictures that you found on the Internet on your site? You could be sued by the artist or photographer for copyright infringement even if you remove the images at their request. Most artists and photographers are innocent of malice aforethought but there is a new breed of Internet scam artist that uploads images, hoping that someone will “borrow” one. They then proceed to attempt to intimidate you into paying excessive amounts of money in damages. Don’t pay anything before you talk to a lawyer. The person whose image you used may be entitled to little or no damages.
If you find yourself involved in a legal case where money is in question, do yourself a favor and call a lawyer. It’s the only way to make sure that you’re treated fairly when it comes to money.