I get comments like that a lot. I think it is more of a colloquialism than anything.
Injured people should hire an attorney to avoid a lawsuit. Personal injury attorneys can do more good for you the earlier you hire them. (That is a post for another day)
If a dog bite, car accident or other incident happens and you hire a lawyer a few days later my best guess is that their is less than a 10% chance that the case will go to a jury trial. I can say that by looking at my current caseload.
So, just by hiring a personal injury attorney you have not filed a lawsuit. At that point it is probably more accurate to say that you have a “claim” against the at fault party. If a lawsuit is necessary we’ll certainly file it (and I can tell you as a personal note I’ll enjoy taking depositions and going to trial if need be) but in many cases a lawsuit won’t be necessary.
You hire a lawyer to protect you from accusations from other drivers (i.e. in order to reduce/remove allege contributory negligence that insurance companies will throw at you). You hire a lawyer to make sure you include every bit of compensation that the law allows. You hire a lawyer to make this process as painless as possible.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve handled a large number of cases where my client didn’t come to me until months or a year or so after the collision. Sometimes the insurance company strung the person along and then when the unreasonable offer came I was the very next call. In those cases there isn’t much we can do. A lawsuit needed to be filed.
These are all things about which you’ll need to talk with your personal injury attorney.
Why hire a personal injury attorney right away?