Understanding The Personal Injury Process

Stop Making Excuses Not To Consult A Personal Injury Lawyer

While not all personal injury cases will require the assistance of a lawyer, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney before settling your case. Unfortunately, far too many people choose not to take this advice. Oftentimes these individuals will site one of a few common excuses when asked why they have chosen not to consult a personal injury lawyer. This is really quite unfortunate because the truth is, these common excuses are often based upon myths or a simple lack of information. That is why this article seeks to eliminate these excuses by exposing the truth behind the myths and providing you with the information you need to make the best possible decision regarding your need for legal counsel when pursuing a personal injury claim.

No Money To Pay For An Attorney

After being involved in a serious accident, many people find that they need to take time off of work to recover from their injuries. With this in mind, it is not hard to understand why many accident victims worry about their ability to pay for legal services. However, this concern is unfounded since most personal injury lawyers will offer a free consultation. Furthermore, if the lawyer offers to take on your case, they will typically offer their services on a contingency basis that does not require you to pay anything until after you settle your claim.

Hiring A Lawyer Will Result In A Smaller Settlement

The entire reason that people turn to a personal injury lawyer for help is to ensure the insurance company pays them a fair settlement. Consequently, the idea that you could actually walk away with less money in your pocket could be a valid concern. The problem with this statement is that while hiring a lawyer will require you to pay legal fees out of your settlement, even after all fees are considered, individuals who are represented by a lawyer often collect more than those that are not represented. 

Hiring A Lawyer Will Cause Your Case To Take Longer To Settle

While it is possible to settle your claim extremely quickly if you are willing to settle for far less than you deserve, choosing to take a low offer from the insurance company is never going to be in your best interest. Whether you choose to hire an attorney or not, reaching a fair settlement is a process that takes time. However, you will likely find that the decision to hire a personal injury lawyer can actually speed up this process because the insurance company knows that your attorney will not grow impatient or tired and simply accept whatever they are willing to offer. Since they already know that stalling techniques will not work when dealing with a legal professional, they are far less likely to even attempt this approach. As a result, you may actually end up getting your money faster by choosing to hire an attorney rather than attempting to negotiate this settlement on your own.