This is the first of a multi-part series of blog posts regarding car accident claims and personal injury. The series will address topics such as do you need an attorney to assist you with your claim, what you should consider in choosing an attorney, secrets of the insurance industry, and other pertinent information related to your claim.
According to the CDC, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. No wonder you can’t turn on your electronic device without seeing an advertisement for an attorney willing to represent people injured in car accidents. But do you really need an attorney?
There are times when you may not need to hire an attorney. If the accident was minor, there was little or no property damage and if no one was injured, you likely don’t need an attorney. If you were the party at fault, it is likely that your insurance company will provide an attorney for you if necessary. However, if you were injured by someone else who was at fault and your injury required medical attention, you should consult an attorney.
An attorney will help you navigate the process, understanding issues, and make sure that you are being treated fairly by the insurance company. Attorneys see a broad range of injuries and other damages on a daily basis. They are used to seeing settlements or jury awards
for circumstances such as yours. That puts them in a better position to estimate the value of your claim.
Insurance companies also see a broad range of claims on a daily basis. However, it is in their best interest to pay as little on claims as possible. They are not looking out for your interests. You should have someone on your side who is looking out for your interest. Attorneys can almost always achieve more value for your claim than you would able to on your own.
If you are unsure as to whether you need a lawyer, go ahead and meet with one. Reputable firms offer free consultations. And, believe it or not, most attorneys give honest opinions on whether or not it would be worth your while to hire an attorney or take any easy settlement. This particular issue can be discussed during a consultation with an attorney.
Owens, McCrea & Linscott, PLLC