When You Need A Lawyer - And When You Don't
In some instances, you may be able to settle your claim with the insurance company by yourself, without an attorney's help. It's important that you realize you are going up against trained adjusters who probably get praised and promoted for keeping their side's cost down.
Still, you may be able to settle your claim by yourself
- when you don't mind gathering all of the information necessary to determine the value of your claim
- when you don't mind going to the time and trouble of interviewing necessary witnesses
- when you think you have all of the bases covered
- when you know the insurance company is not trying to take advantage of you.
If your case is complex, you should consider hiring an attorney. Your accident lawyer can advise you on the proper course of action, tell you your legal rights, tell you what to expect regarding the progress of your case, evaluate your case, negotiate a replacement auto and repairs, negotiate a full and fair settlement of your claim, put an estimated value on your case, and represent your interests aggressively to get you fully compensated for the accident.
Injured victims often share this concern: Will I get more money handling my case myself? Or should I hire an attorney?
As you may know, your attorney usually charges a portion of the amount he recovers for you as his attorney's fee. Fortunately, the amount of money your lawyer recovers is usually much more than you could have recovered on your own. In nearly all cases, your lawyer gets enough money to pay his fee and to add to the money you receive.