After being injured in an accident, the next step is to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Given the medical bills and other losses people often suffer as a result of an accident, some are often hesitant to hire a personal injury attorney to handle their case. However, retaining skilled legal counsel is crucial to ensuring a higher settlement.
How Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Affects Your Case
Insurance companies act quickly and know which tactics to use to pressure accident injury victims to settle for less than what they deserve and how to manipulate them into providing damaging statements.
When speaking to an insurance adjuster, you be told:
- You were at fault for the accident
- You cannot prove the long-term emotional and physical impact of your injuries
- The assessment your doctor provided is not good enough and you will need to be examined by one of the insurance company’s approved health care providers
In some cases, an insurance adjuster may quickly offer a settlement to quickly close the case. However, these early offers are often well below what many deserve and may not even begin to cover the medical costs related to a victim’s injuries.
A personal injury attorney will negotiate on your behalf and ensure you understand the worth of your claim, so you do not settle for less. Otherwise, without an attorney, you may end up accepting an unfair offer and, unfortunately, once you settle a claim, you cannot reopen it.
Additionally, in some personal injury cases, there may be more than one party responsible for the accident. An experienced attorney can help you identify all negligent parties, so you can maximize compensation for your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a truck accident, the driver, the trucking company, and even the company responsible for the maintenance of the truck may all be liable. Moreover, if multiple parties are at fault, negotiating a settlement will be exceptionally more complex, which is another reason why it is important to hire an attorney.
Speak to an Experienced Personal Injury About Your Case Today!
If you were injured in an accident caused by negligence, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury team at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome. Our team has more than 15 years of experience advocating on behalf of the wrongfully injured. You can rely on us to obtain the highest settlement for your case.