Did you know that not all personal injury claims necessitate hiring a lawyer or going to court? In fact, the majority of personal injury claims are for car accidents with minimal damage that can be settled out of court by yourself. As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I can testify that it’s actually very rare for a personal injury lawsuit to go to trial. The reason is that going to trial is very expensive for the insurance company and they would rather settle for an amount and minimize the amount that they have to pay.
More often than not, your case will require mediation between you (or your attorney) and the insurance adjuster in which a fair settlement price is negotiated. If you are representing yourself, don’t be inclined to accept their offer just because you’re afraid you’ll end up with nothing. You deserve proper compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. However, be prepared that your case won’t settle immediately.
Many people who represent themselves will underestimate the value of their suit. This is where the experience of a reputable personal injury attorney will really come into play. They have handled numerous cases similar to yours and can go into aggressive negotiations with the insurance company to get you the settlement you really deserve. If you have any other questions about how personal injury claims work, please feel free to call our office anytime for a free legal consultation.