If you recently suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, you may be wondering if it is really necessary to hire an attorney to settle your personal injury claim. Although it may seem tempting to try to resolve the claim on your own, the services and experience an attorney provides may be worth the expense incurred for the attorney’s services.
Injury Attorneys Work on a Contingency Basis
Many injury victims believe that can’t afford an attorney so they will have to deal with the insurance companies on their own. You can afford a personal injury attorney! Most excellent personal injury attorneys do not require you to pay them upfront. In fact, these attorneys, including the Inland Empire Law Group, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney gets paid out of the settlement or judgment the secure for you as the accident victim. If there is no recovery, there is no fee for the services provided. Don’t be afraid to speak with an attorney to see what he or she can do for you.
An Attorney Allows You to Fully Focus on Your Recovery
Personal injury cases can be time-consuming to prepare and present to the insurance company or the courts. If you are recovering from broken bones, burns, or other serious injuries, your top priority should be your health. When you hire an attorney to handle your case, he or she will oversee all communication with the insurance company. This leaves you free to focus on meeting your immediate medical needs.
An Attorney Gathers Evidence
The success of your personal injury claim will depend upon the quality of the evidence you can submit to support your request for damages. When you hire an attorney to represent your interests, he or she will gather many different types of evidence on your behalf. This may include:
- Police reports
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Witness testimony
- Medical bills
- Medical records
- Documentation of lost wages
If you are trying to settle a case on your own, you can easily to overlook crucial evidence that supports your request for damages.
An Attorney Helps Find Relevant Experts
Expert testimony can be used as valuable evidence in many types of personal injury cases. In some cases, experts are absolutely necessary to prove your case. Different kinds of experts an attorney may be able to locate for your case include:
- Accident reconstruction experts
- Human factors experts
- Medical experts
- Life care planning experts
- Economic loss experts
- Vocational rehabilitation experts
There are strict criteria used to determine what makes an expert a credible personal injury witness. An experienced attorney has a network of experts known for their reputation in court.
An Attorney Can Help Avoid Common Personal Injury Claim Mistakes
Most people realize that lying to an insurance company is not a good idea, but an attorney can help you strengthen your case by pointing out other mistakes you may not have thought of. For example:
- Speculating about the cause of the accident on your social media accounts
- Failing to keep all of your recommended medical appointments
- Being seen in a public place engaged in activity that goes against the doctor's orders, such as lifting heavy weights or not using your crutches
- Failing to document all related accident expenses, including things like transportation to medical appointments
- Neglecting to plan for reimbursement of Medicare, Medicaid, or your own private health insurance after you receive your settlement
An Attorney Negotiates on Your Behalf
Never forget that insurance companies exist to make a profit. They are not necessarily concerned with whether you receive a settlement that adequately compensates you for your injuries. In fact, car accident victims without legal representation are likely to receive offers for significantly smaller than what their case is truly worth.
Although an attorney's expert negotiating skills are invaluable in any car accident case, they become particularly important if you are partially at fault for the accident. California law allows you to collect damages if you are partially at fault for the accident, although your compensation will be reduced by your assigned percentage of fault. However, since there is no set formula used to determine the percentage of fault, a skilled attorney can often negotiate a lower fault percentage and thus increase your eligibility for compensation.
Hiring the right lawyer to handle your case will increase the likelihood your settlement will be much better than handling the claim on your own. Making sure you hire a highly skilled personal injury lawyer may also help you in recovering greater compensation than a less skilled attorney. Each case is unique, but generally, hiring the right attorney makes a major difference.
Contact Inland Empire Law Group
Inland Empire Law Group's dedicated legal team is committed to helping California residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others receive the personal injury compensation they need to move forward with their lives. You will find a team of very skilled legal professionals working to maximize an injured person’s recovery. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Appointments are available at our Rancho Cucamonga or Victorville offices.