In the hours and days after experiencing a personal injury, whether as the result of a car accident, motorcycle accident or slip and fall, you may wonder if you should hire a personal injury attorney. There are, of course, many factors that go into whether you have a case, but the question of whether to hire a personal injury lawyer is always an easy one. While it can hurt your potential case if you wait too long to hire a lawyer, you will never regret simply calling one for a free consultation. Only after discussing the details of your case can you know for sure what the next steps will be.
Perhaps highlighting the benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney here will prove helpful in your decision.
1. A PI Attorney Knows the Value of Your Claim
The average person doesn’t have a firm idea of how much they could get through a personal injury claim. Sure, you may come across one of those personal injury settlement calculators online that gives you a rough idea, but these should never be relied on alone. There are so many more nuances that go into valuing your claim, that only an experienced personal injury lawyer can possibly put a firm number to it. Even then, the estimate could be off. There are no guarantees until the case has been won or settled.
That being said, your attorney will take many factors into consideration when coming up with a rough number for you, after:
- Analyzing your injuries
- Assessing your pain and suffering
- Factoring in the insurance company’s strategy
- Estimating future medical needs after consultation with a medical professional
You may be worried about upfront costs. However, most attorneys will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if and when you win or settle. In the end, there’s really no good reason not to hire a personal injury attorney.
2. Attorneys Understand the Legal Process
The average person is also fairly unfamiliar with the legal procedures surrounding a personal injury claim. Your attorneys, on the other hand, handle these types of claims every single day. They know which legal documents to file and when, how to properly complete forms, and what the applicable statutes of limitations are. They also know just how the insurance companies try to one-up you on legal technicalities, and they’ll be there to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of. If you attempt to handle the insurance company on your own, there’s a very good chance you could miss out on thousands of dollars from your insurance settlement.
3. Your Attorney Can Handle all the Dirty Work
Waging a battle against the insurance company is often an uphill one. Undertaking such a battle on your own is akin to showing up to a duel with no weapons. The truth is, the insurance companies will see you coming from a mile away if you’re alone. They know they have more clout than you in terms of knowledge of the process and bargaining power. In turn, they won’t hesitate to use this against you, handing over the lower settlement possible hoping you’ll take it and go away. Your personal injury attorneys also know this. They will be your weapon: the weapon of knowledge. Let them increase your chances of getting the highest settlement possible.
4. Your Attorney is Motivated to Assist You
Remember we said most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis? Well, because they only get paid if they win the case or successfully settle it, they will do all they can to ensure this happens. This benefits you because you have a shrewd professional on your side with vast experience working against insurance companies. But it also motivates your lawyer to fight for the highest settlement possible. On top of that, your personal injury attorney will be more likely to settle your claim quickly so you get paid in a more timely manner.
5. Your Attorney Isn’t Afraid of Trial
If all attempts at a settlement fail, you want to know your attorney will not back down from a trial case. It’s well known in legal circles that most juries tend to rule against insurance companies. Having an attorney representing you in court – or even the threat of it — shows the insurance companies that you are serious. In turn, they may be more motivated to make an earlier and more equitable settlement offer.
Contact Kuzyk Law
Injuries such as dog bites and car accidents cost money. Not only do you have medical bills to pay, but you may face time off work as well. You need an experienced PI attorney to assist with your claim. Experience all of the benefits above when you contact our personal injury lawyers at Kuzyk Law. Call now for a free, no-obligation consultation at 661-945-6969. We have been a trusted personal injury law firm in the Lancaster area since 1971, here for you 24/7 should you need us.