Is It Really Necessary for Me to Hire an Attorney?
We live in a do-it-yourself culture. If you need to fix a leaky faucet, you might go to YouTube to watch videos to learn how to make the repairs. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment for taking on a difficult task and finding a solution on your own.
If you have been in an accident, you might be tempted to try to handle your accident claims on your own. Insurance companies may be reaching out to you and their offers to settle your case may sound appealing. If you settle your case without the help of an attorney, you will at least have the satisfaction of taking action in an attempt to solve your own problems.
But here is what you really need to know: Insurance companies are not necessarily looking out for you, no matter how charming or agreeable a seasoned adjuster may appear to be. While an initial offer may seem tempting, insurers will often devote considerable energy and extensive resources in an effort to settle an insurance claim for what turns out to be totally inadequate and unfair amounts in compensation. Insurers have teams of attorneys and adjusters going over every single aspect of your claim. They know exactly how and what to do to protect their interests. They are experts in this arena. You need a strong attorney on your side to level the playing field.
How Does An Attorney Help With Accident Claims?
First and foremost, your attorney looks out for you. You will have someone working on your behalf who is committed to helping you find a fair and just resolution to your claims. Your attorney will be able to fully investigate the accident and the extent of your injuries in order to determine the actual damages, past, present, and future, connected to your case. This ensures that you will have all of the information you need to know before you make decisions that may have lifelong consequences.
Throughout the pendency of your claim, your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company to achieve a fair and equitable settlement. However, sometimes it happens that these companies simply never make an offer that is truly adequate. In such a case, you may need to go to arbitration or trial to get a fair and just result. This can present a real problem if you did not arrange to hire an attorney early on before the critical decisions which will influence your case are made. Finding someone skilled to assume responsibility for your case at the last minute can leave you at a significant disadvantage.
Aren’t Attorneys Expensive?
You might be afraid that hiring an attorney will cost you a lot of money. But most attorneys, myself included, handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not pay a fee unless and until I am able to successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
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