Every year, 24.5 million people are injured and need to visit the emergency room for medical treatment. Not only do these unintentional injuries cost a great deal, but they also can cause you to miss work and can have long-lasting impacts on your daily life.
If you’ve been in an accident and suffered injuries that are not your fault, you may consider hiring an accident lawyer to handle your case. An attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve and hold others responsible for their actions (or negligence).
Read on to learn more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer to represent you.
They’ll Be Honest About Your Case
Most personal injury lawyers will provide you with a free consultation (and if they do not, you may want to think twice about hiring them). At this meeting, you’ll be able to give them the basic facts of your case, they can ask questions, and you can share evidence and information with them, such as medical records, the police report from the accident if there was one, photos and videos of the accident scene, and information from witnesses.
Based on this preliminary information, a personal injury attorney will be able to give you an idea of whether your case is strong or not. If your attorney thinks that you have a strong case and are entitled to compensation, they can help you prepare your case to get the award that you deserve.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis and they don’t get money unless you win. Because of this, they won’t take on a case that they are unlikely to win, as it’s not profitable for them.
They’ll Communicate With the Insurance Company for You
Once you hire an attorney, you won’t have to communicate with the insurance company again. In fact, most lawyers will advise you not to communicate with them at all and require that all communication goes through attorneys.
Personal injury lawyers deal with insurance companies day in and day out, so they will know the best tactics for negotiating with them to get you a fair settlement. This means that you can focus on your injuries and recovery and the stress of dealing with the insurance company will be alleviated.
They Are Experts
An experienced personal injury attorney has the expertise to navigate the legal system, advise you of whether your case has merit or not, and knows how to negotiate with an insurance company to get a fair settlement.
They also know when to take a case to trial, if the insurance company is not offering you a fair settlement. In fact, one of the things to look for when you are hiring an attorney is their trial experience. You want someone who has taken cases to trial in the past and won.
Ask about their settlements and trial verdicts before you hir them.
They Can Advise You if a Settlement Is Fair
Insurance companies will often offer you a lowball settlement shortly after your accident. They want to try to get you to settle for the lowest amount possible, as once you accept a settlement, you can’t change your mind.
Once you hire an attorney, all settlement offers will go through them. They can tell you when they think you are being offered a fair amount or if the insurance company is not offering adequate compensation. Their experience with past cases and knowledge of your situation and what the accident has cost you, and will cost you in the future, gives them the ability to judge a settlement offer.
They Have a Wealth of Resources Available
Along with your attorney and their knowledge comes other resources, such as investigators, experts, accident reconstruction experts, legal assistants, and paralegals who can assist with your case. These resources will help your attorney to build a solid case so that you can get the compensation you deserve and that is necessary to recover from your injuries.
They Give You Peace of Mind
If you are seeking compensation from an insurance company for an injury, you may question whether you are getting a fair settlement or not. Even after you settle, you may have second thoughts and wonder if you did the right thing or if you shortchanged yourself.
An attorney can help give you the peace of mind that your settlement is fair and that you are adequately compensated for your injuries. If they advise you to take a settlement, you can rest assured that it is a fair offer. Attorneys are unbiased and objective and are there to look out for your best interest.
They Can Help You Get Medical Care and Other Benefits
Once you have your settlement, your attorney can still help you. They can help you get set up with long-term medical care, rehab, or other services that you may need. Their extensive professional network and experience with similar cases give them access to other providers that you may need.
Consult With an Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should consult with an accident lawyer today. There are statutes of limitation on accidental injury cases, so you do not want to delay seeking legal representation. An attorney can help reduce your stress, give you peace of mind, and help you get a larger settlement.
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