Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. I am incredibly sorry to hear about your accident and hope that you are okay.
The facts you describe give rise to a serious claim for personal injury and entitle an individual in your circumstance to compensation for related medical expenses, lost wages, and general "pain and suffering." You can obtain compensation through the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident. If they don't have insurance or don't have enough to cover all your damages, you can make an uninsured motorist claim if your own insurance policy offers such coverage.
To answer your question directly, you ABSOLUTELY would benefit from hiring an attorney. Attempting to handle a case like this own your own would be a lot like trying to land a 747 in the rain with no flight training experience. The legal issues are incredibly complex and the insurance company's singular goal is to pay you as little as they possibly can (they owe a duty to their shareholders, not to you). If you do not know how various personal injury and insurance laws affect your claim, you will be selling yourself short--not to mention, insurance companies always take claimants more seriously when they have legal representation, since they know the attorney will sue if no settlement can be reached.
To find an attorney, I particularly like http://www.avvo.com
Avvo allows you to search attorneys by practice area and location. The site also provides attorney ratings and performs limited background checks so you can ensure your attorney has not previously been diciplined by the state bar.
Any personal injury attorney should be willing to assist you on a contingency fee basis. If you don't know, a contingency fee arrangement is one in which the attorney receives a portion of the client's settlement or award as his payment, typically 1/3 of the total amount. If there is no recovery, the attorney does not get paid. The client never pays until the settlement or award is obtained (except perhaps to cover the filing costs for his claim).
Again, the facts you describe give rise to a serious claim for personal injury and an individual in your circumstance would absolutely benefit from hiring an attorney. You can find an attorney on Avvo and obtain representation on a contingency fee basis so there is no up front fee.
Please do not hesitate
to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes to you and thank you so much for coming to Just Answer.