If you are injured due to another person’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. You can pursue your claim on your own, but your chances of a successful outcome are improved if you enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney. Here are six reasons it pays to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
(1) An attorney levels the playing field. The insurance company and its attorneys have more money, more time, more experience, and more resources than you do. When you go it alone, you are at a distinct disadvantage. Having a personal injury attorney on your side helps level the playing field.
(2) An experienced attorney negotiates from a position of strength. Insurance adjusters are savvy negotiators. A seasoned personal injury attorney will not be intimidated by the adjuster’s low-ball offer or attempts to stonewall your claim, or any other tactic the adjuster uses to try to get you to settle for less than your claim is worth.
(3) An attorney can gather evidence and conduct a thorough investigation. An attorney will know what evidence is essential and how to get it. This includes witness statements, police reports, medical records and bills, accident reports, and information about the other driver. Your attorney can uncover evidence that would have been difficult or impossible for you to obtain on your own.
(4) An experienced attorney knows how to put together a strong settlement demand. Your claim may be a slam-dunk, but if your settlement demand letter is not well-organized, concise and supported by relevant evidence of your damages, it will stall on a busy claims’ adjuster’s desk. An attorney will know how to package your settlement demand so it gets the adjuster’s attention
(5) An attorney can protect you from abusive tactics by the claims’ adjuster. If you are not represented by an attorney, a bold claims’ adjuster may try to bully you into providing a recorded statement or giving the insurance company full access to your medical records.
(6) An attorney can advocate for you in court. If settlement negotiations fail, you may have to file a lawsuit to obtain fair compensation for your losses. In that instance, having an attorney on your team can be an invaluable asset. Attorneys are trained in the law and the workings of the legal system. Your attorney will know when and how to take action on your behalf and protect your rights.