Getting good advice is always beneficial, especially when you are dealing with a topic upon which you have little experience. The old adage that you get what you pay also often applies to personal injury cases.
If you have suffered injuries resulting from a car accident, slip and fall or the negligence of others, you are entitled to be compensated for your damages. These damages include medical bulls, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.
Decisions you make immediately after the accident will greatly impact your ability to recover what you are owed. An experienced attorney can represent you and will zealously work to maximize the amounts you recover, whether at trial or via a settlement.
Most people with a personal injury claim often resolve it as part of a settlement with the at fault party’s insurance company. You should remember that the other driver’s insurance company does not represent you. Generally, their goal is to resolve the case at the most minimal cost possible. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you appropriately value the case and work on your behalf.
In rare instances, the insurance company may offer a settlement amount early on that is fair and reasonable. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether or not the offer made by the insurance company is something you should consider. This can be done without you having to commit to hiring the attorney(thereby agreeing that the attorney is entitled to one-third of the settlement). A reputable attorney should be able to review your case during a free initial consultation.
If you accept a settlement for your personal injury claim without the advice of an attorney, you may be losing more than you have gained. As part of any settlement, you will generally be required to sign a release, forfeiting any further right to pursue the claims. Understandably, insurance adjusters, and their lawyers, are tasked with paying the least amount possible to resolve claims. They are not your advocates.
However, be careful not accept an early settlement unless you are certain you are being fully compensated for all your injuries. A good attorney will earn his or her fee and oftentimes bring much greater value to the case so that you are fully compensated.
At the end of the day, you just want to make sure you are being fairly compensated for your injuries. The attorneys at Rodgers Kee & Card will help assure that occurs with your case.