If You Have Been Injured in an Accident, Should You Hire an Attorney?
Most people don't cut their own hair. They also turn to professionals for a thorough teeth cleaning once a year, and for a variety of other services. However, after being injured in an accident, some people decide that they don't need to hire a professional to help them protect their interests. In fact, they do.
The process of settling a claim following an accident involves conflicting goals: the injured people's goal is to receive full compensation for the damage done to their health and property, while the insurance company's goal is often to pay out as little as possible. The insurance adjusters are professionals, and they know when they are dealing with amateurs
What would an experienced attorney know that you might not, and that would help you reach the best possible outcome for your case?
- What the law is. You can research this yourself, but you may not have either the time or the inclination; moreover, an attorney will be more familiar with the intricacies of the relevant laws.
- What the insurance companies need to see. An experienced attorney can efficiently gather all the documents and other relevant evidence that should be presented to the insurance company as part of making a claim.
- What the various insurance companies are like. No two insurance companies are the same; an experienced attorney would know when it would be best to work cooperatively and when to stand firm and not concede too much.
- How to negotiate. Negotiation skills are learned and strengthened through experience. Negotiation is most successful when backed by a thorough knowledge of what the alternatives to a negotiated settlement may be, and a complementary knowledge of what the law mandates.
- How to try a case. Far fewer cases go to trial these days, and that's something we should all be glad for; however, if an insurance company knows that it is dealing with an attorney who has successfully tried cases in the past, it will make a greater effort to settle, rather than risk the cost of a trial.
- The outcome of comparable cases. Like the seasoned adjusters who are likely to face you, an experienced attorney can look to past settlements and jury awards to estimate what the outcome of your case is likely to be.
Finally, unlike hairdressers or dental hygienists, most accident attorneys will work on a contingency basis–meaning that they would be paid a percentage of whatever settlement or award you recover.
If you or a loved one is injured or in an accident, call Joey Gilbert Law today for a free confidential consultation - (775) 574-4774. Never a fee unless we win your case!