One of the most common questions people ask after an injury in an accident such as a car crash, bike, or motorcycle wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of mishap, is whether or not they should hire a personal injury attorney.
Technically, you can file a personal injury claim against an insurance company and deal with the entire process by yourself. However, a personal injury attorney, like the Maidenberg Law Group, can help you go up against big auto insurance companies and their team of lawyers. It is common practice for insurance companies to attempt any and every possible thing to avoid spending money. Your attorney already knows the personal injury laws and procedural rules and can effectively handle all the legal work for you. He or she will become your advocate.
The following reasons are very important to consider when you’ve been involved in an accident.
The Statute of Limitations.
It is common for victims of personal injury accidents, without the support of an attorney, to fall victim of the Statutes of Limitation. The Statute of Limitations are deadlines that can void your claim. If you don’t file your complaint with the appropriate court within the time frame allowed, you will not be able to recover from the damages endured by the adverse party and or, from his or her insurance coverage. Your attorney will ensure your claim is handled in a time efficient matter and protect your interests without exceeding any cut-off dates.
Minimize the downside risks:
There is a downside risk to handling claims on your own. More specifically, the financial consequences associated with not prevailing in a personal injury lawsuit. Complicated laws involving Offers of Judgment apply. An attorney will advise you concerning the financial risks of litigation. A seasoned professional personal injury lawyer knows how to reduce your exposure to these kinds of risks.
Involvement of insurance carriers:
Insurance companies want to settle claims for as little as possible, and the amount they offer initially is generally much less than the real worth, or value of the claim. Insurance companies and their adjusters know that people are often unaware of the real value of their claim. Their strategy is simple, they will try to settle a claim early before you hire a lawyer. Once the claim is settled, it is almost impossible to re-open it and get the real value of the claim. An experienced lawyer is able to advise you about the best way to present your claim to maximize the amount you get from the insurance providers.
Representation in court:
People involved in an accident are already confused and concerned. Having to deal with litigation is often overwhelming and complicated. Your attorney will help you throughout the process if you cannot settle out of court.
Hiring an attorney will reduce stress. You attorney becomes your representative, they will explain the process involved, instruct you on the steps to follow, and organize your claim to make it as simple as possible. A qualified personal injury attorney will give you the peace of mind to recover and focus on your life away from the court, and often times, can help get you settlement without having to deal with court at all.
Someone to talk to:
The process following an accident is often frustrating and concerning. Your attorney will become a source of safety and knowledge that will help you deal with all aspects related to your process.
Overall, an experienced personal injury attorney will help you deal with these issues in order to maximize your results. You should, at the very least, consult with an attorney before settling your case against an insurance carrier, no matter what they say, especially when they have their own pockets in mind when settling cases.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact Maidenberg Law Group online for a free consultation, or call us toll free at (888) 520-9617