No one leaves their house expecting to become injured, but the reality is it happens every day, and with startling frequency. The good news is that if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you’re likely entitled to compensation that will help make you whole again.
Securing that compensation, though, can be a difficult process and will usually require legal counsel. Dealing with insurance companies and legal complexities is extremely difficult, and if you try to do it yourself — especially when you’re recovering from an injury — your outcome is unlikely to be favorable.
This is why injury victims often benefit from consulting with a personal injury lawyer. While outcomes are never guaranteed, Nix Patterson’s personal injury attorneys have years of experience fighting for severely injured accident victims. We will advise you on how to proceed with your case and since we work on a contingency basis, you won’t pay anything unless we win.
If you’re still considering whether or not your case needs the intervention of an experienced personal injury attorney, let’s go through a few of the primary reasons people work with lawyers after they experience a serious accident.
After the accident, you might receive a call from the liable party’s insurance company. They may sound friendly and concerned about you, but their primary interest is reducing their company’s financial and legal exposure. Every insurance company retains a team of experienced litigators whose sole purpose is to reduce what they pay you in a settlement.
The insurance company has lawyers working for them, so you should hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. Nix Patterson’s personal injury attorneys will go toe-to-toe with the insurance company’s lawyers and negotiate aggressively on your behalf.
Suppose you’re rear-ended by a distracted driver at a stop sign. The crash isn’t too bad. Your neck feels a little bit sore but other than that, you think you’re fine. Over the coming days and weeks, though, it gets worse. The pain becomes unbearable, and you’re unable to work. What you thought was a minor injury has become a significant impediment to getting on with your life.
This is why it’s important to call a personal injury attorney immediately after your accident. They will assess your case and help you get the care you deserve and work to get you compensation for your injuries. This might include:
Most injury victims underestimate what their case is worth. If you negotiate with the insurance company independently, you will likely wind up with less than you deserve.
Most personal injury claims are settled out of court. A settlement is usually reached through negotiations between your attorney and the at-fault party’s insurance company. Unless you are experienced in insurance negotiations, a personal injury lawyer is best suited for this task.
Also, your attorney always has the threat of a lawsuit looming in the background if settlement negotiations falter. This can help get an insurance company to make a fair settlement.
Most states have a comparative negligence standard for determining fault in accidents. This means your compensation could be less if you were partially at fault for your accident.
Suppose you’re rear-ended by a driver texting on his cell phone at a stop sign. You have $15,000 in medical bills for whiplash and back pain. However, your brake lights were burned out, so who is at fault is up for debate.
When fault is contested after an accident, the case’s complexity increases significantly. It gets even trickier when the injured party is partially liable for the incident. Proving negligence and understanding your potential compensation when there is shared fault are tasks a car accident lawyer should handle.
Even a relatively minor accident can involve months of insurance negotiations and paperwork. But you can’t wait forever when you’re hurt and bills are piling up.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer puts a legal advocate in your corner who will handle all the legal aspects for you. From handling medical bills to insurance negotiations, your attorney may be able to help speed up the settlement process so you get money in your hands faster.
When you’re harmed by someone’s negligence, you need prompt, expert medical care. Your personal injury attorney has vast experience with victim’s injuries and can tap a medical network to get you the care needed.
With legal help, navigating the personal injury claim process is easier. However, if you handle it yourself, a single paperwork mistake could lead to the case being delayed or negatively impacting your compensation.
Your personal injury lawyer will partner with you to collect accident information and facts, speak to law enforcement, and handle insurance negotiations. Their experience can be invaluable in expediting the claims process.
Personal injury claimants cannot always negotiate the best outcome for their cases. First, you’re injured and probably not at your best. Second, you are probably not a trained negotiator. Both factors usually lead to the injured party getting less than they should in a settlement.
Studies show that on average, settlements are higher when the plaintiff has hired a lawyer. It makes sense: a personal injury attorney who has handled dozens of cases like yours knows all the ins and outs, and they’ll use their skills and experience to your advantage.
You have a right to compensation if you suffered a personal injury because of another party’s negligence. The best way to maximize your compensation in a settlement or trial is to have a Nix Patterson personal injury attorney advocating for you. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation about your personal injury case. We are not compensated unless you win.
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