If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you might hesitate to reach out to a personal injury attorney or not even think to call one. After all, many people have car accidents and most of the time they are handled by the drivers themselves. Some people don’t even file an accident report with the police because they want their insurance rates to stay the same. But this kind of thinking may be opposed to your best interests. The Law Offices of Norman Gershon have been fighting for individuals rights against the insurance companies for over 35 years, and can help you at your time of need.
You might ask yourself questions like, “if I wasn’t injured, do I need legal representation?” Or, “the insurance company will take care of it for me, right?” And you’ll no doubt ask yourself, “aren’t attorneys expensive?”
My answer to each of these common questions is that it really depends on the circumstances.
There are many benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney, whether you suffered an injury or not. On the most basic level, an experienced personal injury attorney understands the legal process and has a knowledgeable opinion on the best path towards a resolution. But at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide whether you want to seek legal representation or not.
To help you make that decision with confidence, this blog will answer the question “Do I need a personal injury attorney?” Here are some reasons to speak with a personal injury attorney:
1. You Suffered Injuries from the Accident
Car accidents can turn your life upside-down. You shouldn’t have to suffer for someone else’s reckless behavior. If your car accident resulted from the negligent actions of another driver, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Hiring an attorney can put you in the best position to secure a meaningful financial award and give you the time to focus on what’s most important: Getting Better!
2. Understanding the Personal Injury Claim Process
Without legal assistance, navigating the personal injury claim process can be difficult and confusing. A single misstep can lead to a delayed or significantly reduced payout.
A personal injury attorney will work with you to gather facts and information, deal with law enforcement, help you understand pertinent liability laws, and more. Additionally, an experienced personal injury attorney is likely familiar with local courts, which can go a long way in expediting your claims process.
All you have to do is accurately and honestly explain the details of your accident, and your personal injury attorney will walk you through the rest of the claims process.
3. Insurance Companies are not your friend
Plain and simple, insurance companies are looking out for their best interests. Period. They have teams of attorneys on retainer to help find ways to minimize the amount of money they pay out. They are not interested in your best interests nor your health, and don’t really care about how long you may be out of work, or how much it costs to repair your car. If the insurance companies have attorneys working for them, you should have one working for you as well.
4. Victims With Legal Representation Receive Larger Settlements
Many people who are injured in an accident don’t realize how large a claim they can make. In addition to the costs of repairing your vehicle, you may have countless medical bills piling up after your accident. To make matters even more stressful, you may be out of work without pay. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for another driver’s negligence. After reviewing your case, we may be able to help you recover the losses for medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, reduced earning capacity, and emotional distress.
5. An Attorney Can Go to Trial for You
If you cannot come to a settlement agreement with the insurance company, your last option is to file a lawsuit which will need to be handled in court. In these circumstances, you need the best personal injury attorney on your side to argue your case. It is especially important because a seasoned PI attorney knows the other lawyers who defend the insurance companies as well as the judges who work these cases. That courtroom experience is priceless at trial time, and can go a long way n determining how much the case settles for.
All of the above reasons make a strong case for why you need a personal injury attorney. Please reach out to us if you ever have a car accident and suffer any injuries or damages. The Law Offices of Norman Gershon will fight for you.