In most cases, yes. If you have been injured an accident, consult with a personal injury attorney to make sure your legal rights are protected. Do not speak with the other person's insurance company. They may even say you don't need an attorney. Their main goal is to settle your claim for as little as possible. Since you probably won't have knowledge of the fair value of your case, the insurance company can take advantage of you. Insurance companies are much more likely to settle your case for a bargain when you are representing yourself, because they know you don't understand the full value of your case. Additionally, when you don't have legal representation, the insurance companies know you don't have the advantage in the event your case does not come to a settlement.
An experienced attorney can properly evaluate a settlement offer for you, so that you know whether you are receiving fair compensation. Another advantage a personal injury attorney has, especially a lawyer who has a track record of success with insurance companies, is that a lawsuit will be the response to an unreasonable settlement offer. Insurance companies are fully aware who are the serious personal injury attorneys who are will to take their clients cases to trial. Likewise, they also know which attorneys settle the vast majority of their cases. Frequently, your settlement offer will reflect this. In many cases, more work is required to be able to put your personal injury case in the best position to receive a reasonable settlement offer. For example, your case could need additional work to prepare an offer beyond collecting medical expenses.
Our experienced attorneys are skilled negotiators and can make a meaningful impact of your case. You will need somebody to clearly explain why your case deserves more money than what the insurance company believes its worth. You might think you can better negotiate your own case with the insurance company because you have a better understanding of your own injuries. However, the problem with taking this approach is that you might make statements to the insurance company that ends up hurting your case. Remember, they are looking for reasons to settle your case for the least amount possible or even deny your claim. Don't help them. So many people handling their own personal injury case fail to understand their legal rights or will say something to the insurance company they should have never said, which is used against them later. The insurance company you are making a claim against will have several lawyers representing and fighting for their best interest. Having a lawyer early in the process helps you avoid mistakes made by inexperienced accident victims dealing with highly trained insurance adjusters.
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers will thoroughly review your case and discuss all potential legal options. We will help you process the claim properly. If you want to maximize the amount of your recovery, then you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney at our office as soon as possible.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?
There are NO cost up front. Our clients are not charged until we settle your case. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys work on contingency fee basis. Legal fees are paid from the settlement or jury award. Contingency fees will depend on what stage your case is in. The closer to trial, the higher the contingency fee due to outlay of needed costs. If you do not make a recovery, you pay us nothing. The specific terms of our contingency fees will be fully explained during your free consultation. The specific details will be contained in the paperwork you sign when officially retaining our law firm. We do not charge our clients until we win the case.