Car accidents are frustrating, frightening, and financially devastating. When a person is in a car accident, they might wonder if they need to call an attorney for their case. Some people mistakenly believe hiring an attorney will only complicate their claim and lengthen the recovery process. This misconception leads many car accident survivors to accept unjustly low settlement offers from insurance companies.
Here's why you should always call a lawyer after a car accident:
Reason #1: Losses from Car Accident Injuries Are Expensive
Not all car accidents will injure someone, but many of them do. If a driver causes injury to someone else, they (or their insurer) should pay for the treatment those injuries require. Unfortunately, this rarely happens on its own. An attorney can fight for the compensation people need to pay for their recovery. Recovery costs include medical bills, lost income from lost work hours, and damages from suffering caused by the incident.
If someone feels any pain at all after a car accident, they should see a doctor immediately. Sometimes car accident injuries seem minor and take time to manifest serious symptoms. Even if the pain is not severe, seeing a doctor will create a record of your injuries. Having early documentation of an injury will help draw a connection between a car accident and later medical problems. Anyone who suspects that they have sustained injuries during a car accident should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Reason #2: Insurance Companies Only Respond to Pressure
While many people assume that their insurance company will help them when they need it, this is not always the case. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses and often offer claimants as little as possible to minimize costs. If a person accepts an offer, they will be unable to pursue the insurance company for more, even if they deserved more under their policy.
Hiring an attorney for your insurance claim does two things: one, attorneys let claimants know if they're getting a fair offer. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters who work on claims, so it's only fair that you should have your own. Two, hiring an attorney puts pressure on the insurer to deal fairly with you. Without an attorney, you're just a disgruntled customer. With an attorney, you're a potential lawsuit, so your case will get more attention. Some studies have shown that having an attorney correlated with much larger results.
Remember that hiring an attorney does not meaning you're going to trial. A car accident attorney first negotiates with insurance companies to get a fair settlement for medical care, property damage, and other losses caused by an accident. If negotiations fail, your lawyer ought to be prepared to take your case to trial and fight for the compensation that you deserve. There's a saying among lawyers: the more prepared your attorney is for trial, the less likely you'll need to go.
Reason #3: Hiring an Attorney Is Affordable for Everyone
Many survivors of car accidents assume that they cannot afford an attorney. Unfortunately, many people who need help believe that their case is too complicated and will require more legal help than they can afford. It's important to know that personal injury lawyers typically work under contingency fee agreements. Your lawyer handles all costs associated with a case and only gets a fee if they win. As a result, people who need help after a car accident can focus on recovery instead of legal costs.
When you're looking for a lawyer, you want an attorney who has a history of results in the courtroom. Arnold & Itkin LLP has won billions in verdicts and settlements, so we know what it takes to lead our clients to victory. Speak with us in a free consultation today at (888) 493-1629.