Not all accidents are the same. Naturally, not all victims should act the same way in the aftermath. Like anything else, we must ask ourselves what do we want to accomplish after the fact and act accordingly. So if you were the victim of a negligent party and you were injured in an auto, bus, motorcycle, or truck accident, you might ask yourself whether you will be better off working on your case on your own or looking for a skilled and experienced attorney.
Unfortunately, many cases involve serious injuries that require a great deal of medical attention. As a result, the treatment may be costly and the victim may end up missing wages due to the time they dedicate to their recovery. If this is your case and you decide to forego hiring an attorney, you might not get the compensation you require to cover both the medical bills and your lost wages. You might also not be able to get any compensation for your pain and suffering.
Can I Handle My Own Car Accident Case?
As a general rule, dealing with these matters alone is not recommended. After all, you will be dealing with insurance companies, and these companies are not known for being fair. The best thing you can do is to at least consult with an attorney first, explain your situation, and see if they believe they can help.
But if you weren’t injured in an accident, then perhaps, you won’t need an attorney. Still, do not ignore any possible symptoms. Sometimes, victims do not feel hurt or in pain right away, and completely dismiss the fact that the symptoms may manifest later on. So instead of dismissing the possibility that you may require medical attention, stay alert and visit the doctor’s office for a check-up anyway. Also contact an attorney to explain what happened and see if he or she believes you may require more medical attention.
Do Not Ignore Any Injuries Sustained In A Crash
Many victims often ignore small signs that they were injured — sometimes severely — in an accident and end up stuck with the bill. That’s why whenever you’re involved in an accident, you should always contact an attorney to get your case evaluated, even if you’re not ready to commit just yet.
An experienced attorney will be able to determine whether your case is serious and will be equipped to direct you to a doctor or clinic that can determine whether you were injured and whether you require treatment.
Insurance Adjusters Will Try To Take Advantage Of You
Another issue associated with personal injury cases is that insurance companies will try to take advantage of you.
They understand the rules and they will do everything in their power to use it to their benefit so they don’t have to pay you all you deserve. That’s why experienced attorneys are able to recover you much more than an insurance adjuster will initially offer and another great reason to get professional help.
How Do I Know I Got A Fair Settlement?
After it’s all said and done and your attorney was able to get you a settlement, you will undoubtedly ask yourself whether you really got all you should. So before you hire an attorney, you must know a couple of things.
First, keep in mind that your lawyer needs to get paid as well.
If you choose an attorney who works on a contingency to take over your case, you will not owe him or her anything until the attorney has recovered you what you deserve. So before having an attorney represent you, ask him or her whether they work on a contingency base and what percentage of the settlement will go toward attorney fees.
In any case, it’s important to note that injured victims of car and other accidents who are also represented by experienced attorneys get 3.5 times more money in their settlements than victims who are not represented.
So if the goal is to get the best settlement possible for the pain and suffering you went through thanks to the accident you experienced and that was caused by a negligent party, then having an attorney representing you is the best way to go.