<![CDATA[Filing a claim and getting compensation for injuries and damages after a car crash seems like it should be simple when there’s insurance, right? And often times it is. But there are also many scenarios when complications make it important to have an attorney on your side.
This is because when it comes down to it, the insurance company’s job is to protect its own interests and the interests of its insurer, not you. If everyone acted in good faith, everything about our world would be a whole lot better.
But since that’s not the case, here are several reasons you might want to hire a lawyer to represent you throughout the course of a car accident case.
- Contested Fault
Once it becomes difficult to prove without a doubt that the other driver caused the accident, your chances of losing the battle increase. Insurance companies have been doing this for a long, long time, and know exactly how to beat you on your own. But an attorney knows all the same rules of the game and exactly how to use them in your favor.
- Out-of-Pocket Expenses
How much money has this accident cost you already? If you are only out a couple thousand dollars, you may decide the risk of representing yourself is worth it. If, however, the crash cost you tens of thousands in medical bills or automotive work, you may want to protect your assets from further loss and enlist help in recovering your money.
- Serious Injuries
The more serious the injuries the longer you will be affected by them and the more carefully you need to consider the long term effects of this accident and the claim that has followed. Healing time, reduced abilities, present or future loss of wages, and any additional consequences must be factored into any settlement amount, and a knowledgeable lawyer can help you determine what that looks like.
- Unfavorable Insurance Company
If the other driver’s insurance company has already refused to accept blame, offered you a far too low settlement number, or otherwise bullied you into minimizing your claim, you’re likely dealing with a hostile opposition. Very few people are ready to handle that kind of opponent all on their own without formal training. That’s when the experts should be called in.
- Claim Criteria
Deadlines, paperwork, appearance dates, notification details, and all that is involved in the process of filing a suit can be complicated and require a great deal of time. Unless you feel confident that you can check every box and meet every target date without an issue, you’ll want to leverage the experience of an accident attorney.
- Court Dates
Once you know you will be required to appear in court, enlist the help of a lawyer to help you polish and improve your case to present to the judge or jury with confidence and compelling information. If your case has gotten this far, you do not want to be without expert counsel during this stage of the process.
- Understanding Settling Options
Finally, while you may be able to handle the details of representing yourself in a car accident case, an expert has the knowledge and experience to fully explore the range of settlement options you are faced with. While one amount may seem sufficient, accident attorneys can decipher what that might mean for you over time and know when to push higher and when to accept.
Individuals who turn to a skilled accident lawyer throughout the process of a complicated claim will see higher success rates, quicker process times, and feel more supported and less harried throughout it all.
Need quick, savvy guidance while dealing with a complex car accident case or other legal matter? Call the offices of the Simon Law Group for a consultation today!]]>