Making a Difference in Your Personal Injury Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation. However, unless you have extensive knowledge of how personal injury laws actually work and are experienced in dealing with insurance companies’ lawyers whose main job is to ensure that the settlement amount is as little as possible, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Still not really convinced that you need to hire a personal injury attorney? Below are five good reasons for you to reconsider:
1. An attorney improves your odds
Despite how prepared you think you are, you will not be able to go against an insurance company on your own. Fighting this battle on your own lowers your chances of getting fairly compensated by the insurance providers. Not having an attorney provides the insurance company with more bargaining power which they will use to make sure that you get the lowest possible compensation. The insurance providers will take advantage of your lack of knowledge in the claim process to protect their interest rates. The best weapon you can get for your claim is a personal injury attorney.
2. An attorney roughly knows how much your claim is worth
A lot of people do not know how much their personal injury claim is worth. Even though there are tools designed to give you a rough idea of the value of your claim (such as personal injury calculators), these tools will not provide with an accurate estimate of your claim’s value. Getting high insurance settlement takes more than just keying in figures into a simple program; it requires an understanding of the details of your injury case, which, in turn, requires an analysis of your injuries, assigning a specific value to the pain and suffering, and negotiating your personal injury claim. Acquiring a personal injury attorney allows you to leverage their experience and knowledge in achieving an optimal case outcome. The best part is you don’t have to pay any upfront fees.
3. An Attorney Understands the Legal Process
You might have a very good idea of the value of your personal injury claim, but this knowledge alone isn’t enough. You will most likely not have an understanding of the legal procedures involved in mediating or litigating your claim. This entails having no idea of the documents to file, how to properly complete the forms, and even the applicable statute of limitations. This knowledge gap gives the insurance company a chance to beat you in terms of legal technicality. A personal injury attorney without a doubt understands the legal process.
4. A personal injury attorney is motivated to help you
Personal injury lawyers mainly work on a contingency fee basis. This implies that they will only get paid if you get settled. This is greatly beneficial to you given that you will not only have someone experienced and skilled working against the insurance company but also someone who is motivated to get you the highest possible settlement offer. Additionally, due to the fact that the attorney will not get paid unless you get compensated, he/she will be driven to quickly have your claim settled.
5. A personal injury attorney can take your case to trial
Statistics reveal that a large number of personal injury cases are settled outside court, they do not proceed to trial. Statistics also reveal that there is a great possibility that a jury will rule against the insurance company. Thus, having a personal injury attorney to represent you only shows the insurance company that you are ready to take the case to trial. Knowing this will likely motivate the insurance company to a more equitable and early settlement offer.
Once again, if you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, seeking out the help of a personal injury attorney will do you a lot of good.
Last Updated: 03-24-2017