Whether it is from a car accident or a work accident, people are injured every day, and most people are unsure about what steps to take afterwards. Requests about paper work from law enforcement, doctor’s bills, and calls from insurance companies can be overwhelming. Often someone will feel soreness and pain, but are unaware that it could be a sign of an underlying serious injury, which may not be detected for a month or longer after the accident. Insurance companies will offer the minimum amount as soon as possible because they are aware of this issue, this is where an attorney’s expertise comes in handy.
Here are 10 reasons to hire a personal injury attorney:
Personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you understand from the beginning whether it is worth pursuing legal action on your case. If they feel it is unlikely that you will win your case, knowing that upfront will save you time and money.
2- Zero Fees
Well, not exactly zero, but most personal injury attorneys will take on a case for a contingency fee, which is a sum of money that a lawyer receives as a fee only if the case is won. This means you will not pay attorneys’ fees. However, if there are other expenses, such as doctor’s fees for reviewing your records, you will be responsible for those.
3- A Neutral Opinion
Our emotions can cloud our judgement. Fear, anger, confusion, sadness, and pain impact your ability to see the facts clearly and cause you to make rash decisions. An attorney will be able to objectively see your case for what it is. Your temper may cause you to accept a quick settlement, but an attorney can advise you on whether you should wait for an offer that is more appropriate.
4- Legal Terms
It most cases there will be a certain amount of “red tape” to get through, such as common paperwork in a personal injury case, intricate legal procedures, and in depth medical terms. The labyrinth of paperwork can be overwhelming, but an attorney will have the knowledge and skills to easily walk you through difficult documents and quickly resolve your case, so that you can move on with your life.
5- Investigative Team
Most attorneys have a specific team of people in charge of investigating facts about a case. They will skillfully investigate all the technical aspects of your case, so that nothing falls through cracks.
6- Dispute Resolution
Often people assume that a lengthy trial is the only way to resolve a case, but with the help of an attorney, you can opt for alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and arbitration. This can save you time, money, and emotional energy.
7- Lawyer to Lawyer
There is usually a pretty good chance that both parties involved in the accident will obtain an attorney to guide them through the steps of the aftermath. When you have a professional on your side, you can be sure that all communication between attorneys will be taken care of, and that you will not be taken advantage of in the process.
8- Top Settlements
Most personal injury cases are resolved by a negotiated settlement instead of going to trial, which means that a fair payment from the defendant or insurance company is offered in the exchange for the plaintiff giving up the right to sue. When you have an attorney, they will negotiate the settlement on your behalf and come to a conclusion on your case as swiftly as possible.
9- Understanding of How Insurance Companies Work
Insurance companies can be tricky to work with. Even though they exist for the exact reason of covering expenses in the case of an accident, they will often use tactics to pressure someone into settling for an unsatisfactory and unfair settlement amount. Knowing the ins and outs of how insurance companies work will come along with an attorney’s expertise.
10- Favorable Jury Verdicts
In the chance that your case goes to trial, an attorney can use their experience to avidly represent you in court and help sway the jury to vote in your favor. Their ability to develop a legal strategy will work towards achieving the most advantageous jury verdict.
If you have been in an accident and are not sure what your next steps should be, contact our office for a free consultation. We are happy to advise you on what to expect in the wake of an accident and more than happy to help you through the legal process in order to get you the settlement you deserve.