Why It Is Important To Hire A Lawyer For Your Personal Injury Case

If you are hurt, for example in a motorcycle accident or car or truck crash, it may be tempting to try to quickly settle with the other driver’s insurance company without hiring a lawyer.  Don’t.  There are some things you need to know.

Your settlement is a one-shot deal.  If you settle and then later decide that you settled for too little or that the settlement was unfair, you will not be able to go back and get more money.  So you need to be sure that, if you do settle, you have settled for a fair amount that maximized your recovery.  The only way that you will be able to do that will be if you have an attorney working with the insurance company and its attorneys.

Neither the other driver’s insurance company nor its lawyers have any obligation to deal with you fairly, advise you, or otherwise protect your legal rights.  The insurance company will try to get you to settle for the smallest amount possible before you hire a lawyer.  The last thing the insurance company wants you to do is get an attorney involved on your behalf.  So you should do exactly that.

Most attorneys handle personal injury or wrongful death cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that you do not owe them any fees if you do not get a monetary recovery.  If your attorney is sucessful in getting money for you, the fee will be a percentage of the amount received from the defendant’s insurance company.  Since there is no financial risk involved in hiring an attorney to help with your personal injury case, and because you are working against an insurance company and its lawyers, it is always in your best interests to get legal representation to help with your personal injury case.


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