When should you hire a lawyer for a car accident?
Auto insurance companies employ thousands of lawyers. They also have billions of dollars to spend defending lawsuits brought by people who have been injured. Having a lawyer is the only way for you to level the playing field.
You should not face the insurance company's team of lawyers on your own. They know how the game Is played and they will take advantage of you. Claims adjusters are not your friends. They be friendly, but their job is to make a good deal for the insurance company. They are not worried about your best interests. They may offer you a modest amount to settle your claim or they may deny it outright.
You need a lawyer to take on the claims adjusters and insurance attorneys for you. Sometimes, people will make the mistake of thinking they don't need a car accident lawyer because their injuries weren't severe or their friends tell them they can handle it on their own. But even minor car accidents with relatively minor injuries can mean you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
If you suffered severe injuries, it can be even more important to hire a car accident lawyer. Don't try to navigate the minefield of a car accident claim on your own. Insurance companies are very savvy and the laws are written to favor them. A car accident lawyer can mean the difference between receiving fair compensation and receiving nothing.
The best way to protect your rights is to hire a good car accident lawyer to fight for you.
Ryan J. Schriever, Spanish Fork Personal Injury Lawyer
Ryan J. Schriever has worked on both sides of car accidents. For nearly a decade, he worked for auto insurance companies defending against car accident lawsuits. Now he focuses on helping people who were injured in car accidents.
If you have been injured by someone else's negligence, having a lawyer will make all the difference. Without a lawyer, it is easy to make mistakes while preparing your insurance claim. Your lawyer has the experience to know how to gather the right evidence and how to deal with the insurance companies effectively. A car accident lawyer will negotiate on your behalf to get you the best settlement or verdict.
Personal injury lawyers work all day, every day, to help people who have been hurt in car accidents. It is what they do. Representing people injured in car accidents is complicated. There are many potential pitfalls that need to be avoided to get the right result. Having a car acccident lawyer you can trust is the key to getting a good result.
Get the right advice from a car accident lawyer
After visiting the emergency room or your doctor, your next call should be to a car accident lawyer. Even if you don't hire the lawyer, it will be helpful for you to learn what insurance coverages are available and what you can expect from the insurance company. Your lawyer will spend the time necessary to educate you about the important aspects of your case.
Getting the right medical care is important for your recovery and for your case. If you delay treatment, the insurance company will view that as an indication that you were not really injured in the accident. Your car accident lawyer can help guide you so you can know when and how to obtain the right medical care after your car accident.
Dealing with doctors and insurance companies can be complicated. Your car accident lawyer will gather your medical records and make sure the billing records are complete. That will add tremendous value to your car accident claim. Your lawyer will also evaluate your medical records to make sure they contain all of the necessary statements to prove that your injuries were caused by the car accident.
People who handle accident claims on their own often make mistakes when talking to insurance claims adjusters. The claims adjusters will ask leading questions intended to find issues with liability and pre-existing conditions. Your car accident lawyer will help you avoid those mistakes and will protect your rights.
Make Sure Your Claim is Complete
Insurance adjusters will not help you build your claim. They may offer to pay for some of your medical expenses, but they will not tell you the value of your claim for pain and suffering. The adjusters may also fail to tell you that you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages and/or future medical expenses.
It is your responsibility to make sure your claim is presented in the right way. And you only get one chance to get it right. Once a claim is settled, it is not usually possible to go back in time to do it over. At the end of your claim, you will sign what is called a release of all claims. That means your claim is final and the money the insurance company paid you is the last money they will ever spend on your case.
A car accident lawyer will help you to get all of the money you are entitled to receive.
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