Should I Try to Handle My Car Accident Claim on My Own First?
In the aftermath of a car accident, accident victims often wonder whether they really need a lawyer to help them recover compensation from insurance companies or other parties responsible for paying them for their injuries and property damage. They worry about affording a lawyer, and ask themselves whether it’s really worth it to have a lawyer handle the process of filing a claim with an insurer or seeking a settlement from other parties. After all, wouldn’t it just be better for them to keep all of the dollars they can recover, instead of sharing some of that money with an attorney?
It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the answer to that question is No. When a car accident that wasn’t your fault inflicts injuries and losses, having a lawyer on your side will typically pay for itself many times over. Here’s why.
What Does a Lawyer Accomplish?
Working with a lawyer, rather than trying to handle a car accident claim on your own, can typically increase the amount of the settlement you recover far more than what a lawyer’s fee (usually paid out of the settlement) will cost you. Consider:
- A lawyer can help identify all parties who may bear legal liability for your injuries. Determining legal liability in a car accident case isn’t always cut and dry. In cases in which the other driver was driving for work, for example, his employer may bear partial liability for your injuries. If the driver who caused your accident was driving drunk, the bar or restaurant that over-served him may bear partial liability in your case. If preventable road conditions contributed to the accident, the municipal agency responsible for maintaining the road could have liability also. Working with a lawyer can help you identify each and every one of these potentially liable parties, increasing your chances of recovering the maximum compensation you deserve.
- A lawyer lets insurance companies know you’re serious. In many cases, the mere presence of a lawyer is enough to signal to an insurance company that you’re serious about pursuing the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage. Insurance companies may offer a higher settlement offer simply because they see that you’ve hired a lawyer to represent you.
- A lawyer can help you better understand what compensation you deserve. The law permits accident victims to seek a variety of types of damages from parties responsible. Lawyers specialize in understanding how to conceptualize and prove these damages. Without a lawyer’s help, you run a significant danger of leaving money on the table simply because you don’t know to ask for it or how to prove it.
With 60,984 crashes and 12,875 injuries from car accidents in Fulton County, where Atlanta is primarily located, insurance companies have sharpened their abilities to limit their liability. The experienced attorneys at Hasner Law can help you level the playing field.
A Lawyer: Your Most Valuable Tool After a Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t try to seek compensation on your own. It will cost you far more than what you would end up paying a lawyer. To learn more, contact Hasner Law today at 678-888-HURT (4878) to schedule a free consultation.