If you have been injured in a car accident or have sustained any other type of injury that was the fault of someone else, you should always consult with a personal injury attorney about the possible compensation that you may be legally entitled to. The problem is that you and other people in your situation are often hesitant to hire an attorney or will decide not to do it all. Some of this has to do with a misunderstanding of the role of this type of lawyer. The following are three of the biggest reasons you should never hesitate to hire an attorney.
You think you don't have enough money
The belief that you cannot afford an attorney is the greatest friend that any claims adjuster could possibly have. They will benefit from your ignorance of the law, and it will enrich the insurance company. The truth is that a personal injury attorney often works on a contingency fee. This means that their fee is contingent on them winning your case or getting an out-of-court settlement. Their fee comes out of the money you win. If they do not get any money for you, then you owe nothing. In addition, many attorneys offer a free consultation, so all you need to do is make an appointment.
You think that an attorney will take too much
If you haven't thought about this on your own, the first time you speak to a claims adjuster and mention an attorney, they will be happy to explain this viewpoint to you. The idea, of course, is that an attorney will simply take part of the money that is already yours, and thus, hiring an attorney will mean getting less money in a settlement, but this is rarely ever true. An attorney knows everything you are entitled to under the law and will be able to get you the maximum amount of money. Even after the attorney fees, this amount will be beyond what you will receive without a lawyer.
You think you can get a good settlement with a lawyer
It is incredibly naive to think that, without any knowledge of the law nor the skill to negotiate with an insurance company, you can get a good settlement. Claims adjusters work for insurance companies, and the smaller the settlements are, the greater the profits will be for the insurance company; the claims adjuster will be seen as doing a good job. Not only will you not receive a good settlement, but these claims adjusters are so good that they will have you thinking you received a good settlement.
Never think you can get a just settlement from an insurance company without an attorney. You don't need any money to hire one, and they will get you a much higher settlement than you can get yourself.
To learn more, contact a personal injury lawyer.