DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR MY CAR ACCIDENT CASE?
Do I need a lawyer for my car accident case?
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, you almost certainly need an experienced car accident lawyer. If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, you need to know that there are certain “rules” that we must be conscientious about:
- We will probably be dealing with an insurance company.
- Insurance companies are highly skilled and sophisticated in minimizing the value of claims and their potential payout exposure.
- Insurance companies work to avoid paying for your injuries.
- The insurance company has lawyers working for them and will have lawyers assigned to defense their insured, the person that caused your injury.
So, unless you have dealt with injuries claims before, you probably want the advice and assistance of a lawyer in resolving your injury claim.
We will help develop the value of your injury claim.
Many people mistakenly believe that because they were involved in a serious auto accident that involved a severe collision, the insurer for the the person that caused the accident will pay them a fair value for the case. This simply is not how insurers assess the value of the case. Until insurers are shown the extent of your injuries and the medical costs (both in the past and in the future), they will generally not pay you a fair value for your injuries.
Our experienced car accident lawyers understand what is required in order for insurers to place a fair value on your case. It is one thing for you to tell an insurer how their insured caused your injuries and to tell them how badly you were hurt. It is another thing to show them how their insured caused the
The insurance company is going to attempt to minimize the value of your claim and the amount that they have to pay out on your behalf. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to attempt to subtly dissuade you from hiring an injury attorney, and there is a great reason for that: generally, insurance companies pay out more many (and people get a greater amount of recovery) when they are represented by experienced injury attorneys.
Research finds that people represented by lawyers in car accidents recover more than unrepresented people.
There have been studies conducted on the value provided to injured people represented by lawyers. It is usually the case that people injured in car accidents recover a greater amount that people that are not represented by lawyers. Yes, this is a greater net amount that actually goes to the injured person.
Settling with the at-fault driver’s insurer is only part of the puzzle in a car accident case.
Helping you receive the compensation that you deserve in a car accident involves far more than negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. There are complex issues of health insurance, lien payouts, and reimbursement that must be addressed, and determining and minimizing the amounts paid out to other people from a settlement are a crucial part of helping you obtain the recovery that you deserve. If the entirety of a settlement is paid to medical care providers, then you are receiving no compensation for your pain and suffering.