When it comes to settling personal injury claims, having an experienced attorney fight your claim can make all the difference between success and failure. Yet, people still are hesitant to hire an attorney. Why?
Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney:
First of all, most initial consultations are free, with no obligation to continue any further legal counsel. Therefore, you don’t have to hire an attorney, no matter how many questions you ask about settlement tips, injury claims, etc. This should be reason enough to motivate you to—at the very least—consult with a qualified injury claims attorney for settlement tips.
By consulting with a personal injury attorney, you are also exercising your right to speak to an attorney before you provide any information to an insurance company. If you plan on submitting a written statement before consulting an attorney, you could be causing undo harm to your claims case without realizing it.
Any negotiations you may have with your insurance company prior to consulting an attorney can have negative repercussions. One way this happens is when a company pegs a certain value to your claim, which is usually lower than the amount you deserve. Later, even if you choose to hire an attorney, the provider will always bargain based on their ‘original’ settlement value.
No one can advise you on all the damages to which you are entitled better than an experienced attorney. He will be able to inform you about the right parties and policies to file claims with. Such legal changes make all the difference. With such appropriate knowledge, you will no doubt file your vehicle repair claim, medical claim, etc. with all the right parties.
Achieving proper compensation from an insurance company is rarely easy. However, there are studies that prove that insurance providers will pay more compensation when a claimant has chosen an attorney.
To summarize, if you avoid hiring an attorney because you think it will be a hassle, you may be setting yourself up for more trouble than if you had an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.