Many people who have been injured in car accidents or suffered other serious injuries are uncertain about how best to protect themselves. This confusion is often further complicated by insurance company representatives whose job is to save the company money by minimizing your compensation. Sometimes, those representatives seem so empathetic and helpful that injury victims seek advice from them, losing sight of their conflicting goals.
It’s important to remember that if you ask an insurance company representative a question like, “Is this a good offer?” or “Should I hire a personal injury lawyer?” you are really asking, “Should I push you to pay me more money?” or “Should I bring in a professional to help me sue you?” It’s no surprise that those helpful representatives generally think it’s better if you go it alone.
In fact, protection from insurance company tactics is one key reason it’s usually in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer as soon after your injury as possible. It’s far from the only one, though.
Top Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Being represented by an attorney creates a buffer that protects you from misleading or manipulative insurance company tactics that could limit your recovery or even destroy your case.
Most people without personal injury law experience do not know how to fulfill the complicated legal and technical requirements for filing a case and moving it forward—but, the rules apply whether you have an attorney or not.
Pursuing a personal injury claim can be expensive, and most people recovering from a serious injury don’t have the resources to hire expert witnesses and make similar investments—a personal injury law firm will often advance those costs.
An experienced personal injury attorney will have the network and connections necessary to identify and hire the most effective experts available for a particular type of injury case.
The right personal injury law firm will have the resources to investigate and build your case in a way most individuals can’t, employing professional investigators when necessary.
When you’re recovering from an injury, you’re under enough stress without the added responsibility of learning the ins and outs of personal injury law and managing your own claim.
If you’ve been seriously injured, incurred large medical bills, and lost significant work time, your family’s financial stability could depend on receiving a fair settlement or verdict—you owe it to yourself and your family to give yourself every advantage available.
The attorney can take a significant responsibility off your shoulders at a time when you should be resting and recovering. The attorney already has knowledge and experience you would likely have to work long and hard to acquire. The attorney has the access and resources necessary to secure expert witnesses you might never find or might not be able to afford. On the other hand, there are few if any good reasons not to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you after an accident.
In part, that’s because personal injury attorneys like Kevin J. Broderick handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that the attorney doesn’t get paid unless and until he recovers money for you, either through a settlement or by winning your case at trial. The fee is based on a percentage of the compensation you receive.
In addition, we offer free initial consultations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about your rights and the personal injury litigation process, and get a general assessment of your personal injury claim from an experienced attorney. The free consultation also allows you to get to know the attorney a bit, because you don’t just want to hire a personal injury attorney—you want to hire a personal injury attorney whose knowledge and experience you can rely on, and with whom you feel comfortable.