Personal Injury Claims Lawyer
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Do you need a personal injury claims lawyer? Well, let's see! Here are the possible scenerios to choose from.
Option #1 - Handle Your Own Case? Ask These Questions:
If you have a personal injury claim you are considering handling on your own, there's absolutely no difference in value of your case, per se. However, there may be a difference in whether you are offered and ultimately settle for the true value of your case.
Much of that value is determined by what documentation you are able provide to support your claim; as well as your statement and those of witnesses.
Your level of knowledge about the value of your case is extremely important so you know what to ask for. If you don't ask for an amount that represents the true value of your claim, then of course it's unlikely you'll get it. The value of your claim will then be in the hands of a claims adjuster to offer you an amount that may or may not be appropriate.
But ignore one detail, or give in and settle when the other side is bluffing; that could cost you considerably more than turning the case over to a well-seasoned attorney. Expertise in these cases pays you much more than it costs!
Option #2 - No Lawsuit Filed, But Have An Attorney Handle The Claim For You
If you have not filed a lawsuit but have a personal injury claims lawyer handling the case for you, he/she will know what documentation to provide to the insurance company to support your claim, and will do a thorough evaluation of the claim in order to know what to ask for when it comes time to make an appropriate demand for settlement.
When you have an attorney, it also changes the settlement dynamics. You could say it levels the playing field. Your attorney may also be able to uncover other sources of compensation which may not have been discovered by you.
You many wonder if it makes a difference if a lawsuit is filed on your behalf or not? The answer may be yes or no. If a lawsuit has not been filed, the lawyer is dealing directly with the claims adjuster.
Although both your attorney and the insurance adjuster have the same goal; which is to settle the case, the adjusters' responsibility to their employer is to pay out as little as possible.
Your attorney's job as your advocate is to get a fair settlement of your claim that represents the true value of your case. Negotiating a fair settlement is a give-and-take process and compromises are made.
In order to get your case settled before the deadline to file suit, you may end up with less than you might
otherwise get. It is not unusual to come to agreements minutes before a deadline. Whatever the settlement, it is
likely to be more than you would get if you worked directly with the insurance adjuster on your own.
If your attorney files a lawsuit, he is now dealing with another attorney on the opposing side rather than an insurance adjuster. The adjuster still controls the money, but the attorney is relied upon for his evaluation of the case.
The court is now involved in the supervision of the case and has deadlines for the filing of various documents and for attending certain meetings towards settling the case.
Depositions of witnesses may be taken and important documents may be subpoenaed or legally demanded.
There is now pressure from the court, but now there is also more time available to get information across to the other side to support your case and to help your attorney to do a thorough evaluation.
The value of the case is not different just because a lawsuit was filed. But you are much more likely to obtain a settlement that reflects the true value of your case.
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