In some instances, you may be able to settle your claim with the insurance company by yourself, without an attorney's help. It's important that you realize you are going up against trained adjusters and claims representatives who probably get praised and promoted for keeping their costs down, and settlements low.
Still, you may be able to settle your claim by yourself when you don't mind gathering all of the information necessary to determine the value of your claim when you don't mind going to the time and trouble of interviewing necessary witnesses when you think you have all of the bases covered when you know the insurance company is not trying to take advantage of you.
If you have questions or are unsure about what to do, you should consider hiring an attorney. Your personal injury lawyer can advise you on the proper course of action, explain your legal rights, tell you what to expect regarding the progress of your case, evaluate your case, negotiate a replacement auto and repairs, negotiate a full and fair settlement of your claim, all the while representing your interests aggressively so you get the money you deserve for your injuries.
Injured victims often share this concern: Will I get more money handling my case myself? Or should I hire an attorney?
As you may know, your attorney usually charges a portion of the amount he recovers for you as his attorney's fee. The amount of money your lawyer recovers is usually much more than you could have recovered on your own. You don't save any money by waiting to hire a lawyer. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can aggressively pursue your claim.
What will happen if I don't hire a lawyer? This question is hard to answer. You may do just fine, or you may permanently damage your case and make it much harder (or even impossible!) to collect the money you deserve.
Consider this analogy: You have a leaky faucet. You can try to fix it yourself, and you might do a good job. But you might also cause further damage. Then you call the plumber. Now, your plumber will charge you two or three times as much as he would have charged if you had called him at the beginning, when all you had was a leaky faucet. These extra charges are because of the damage you caused, which your plumber must now repair.
You can hire us near the end of your case, if you are having problems collecting from the insurance company — or you can hire us at the beginning, and we'll do all the work for you. Either way, you pay us the same. So why not hire us at the beginning. You pay us no more — plus you save yourself all the time, stress, aggravation and hassle of dealing with the insurance company. What's more, we can probably persuade the insurance company to pay us more money than they would pay you if you do not have a lawyer