You suffered a serious injury after having been involved in a car crash and you are weighing your options about what to do next. Your brother-in-law Phil (who is a know-it-all) said not to bother hiring an attorney. “You can file a claim yourself and save all that cash you’ll have to pay a lawyer!” Being laid up has given you a lot of time to think. You wonder: how will you know what your case is worth, how you will know if the at-fault driver’s insurance company is floating a lowball offer, and what happens if your injuries do not resolve to the point where you can do your job? How will you know if you are leaving money on the table because you don’t know what you don’t know? Finally, you decide to do some research to see what the actual benefits of working with an attorney are, whether they will earn their fee or if you are better of trying to do it yourself.
We can tell you: it’s better to hire a personal injury lawyer than to go it alone. We have the experience and the knowledge necessary to present your claim or lawsuit in the best possible light. Here are ten benefits to hiring a Chicago personal injury attorney after a serious accident injury:
- You can get a free consultation to help narrow down your choices.
If you have never required legal services before, you may not know that you can create a short list of possible lawyers and then schedule a consultation either on the phone or in person to help you settle on the one you will work with. You should choose a lawyer that specializes in personal injury, with whom you can feel some level of rapport, and who has experience with your type of case.
- A personal injury attorney understands the legal process.
Do you know the procedure for filing a lawsuit, what forms to file, or even in which court to file them? Are you capable of going up against insurance company lawyers? Your lack of knowledge of the legal system could cost you thousands of dollars and a lot of wasted time.
- A lawyer is a professional negotiator.
Going back and forth with the insurance company trying to reach a settlement can be intimidating. A lawyer can make sure that nothing is left on the table in negotiating your claim.
- An attorney knows the value of your claim.
A personal injury lawyer works with insurance adjusters and they have the knowledge and experience that comes from working with accident victims and winning compensation for them.
- It is in the lawyer’s best interest to make sure your claim is successful.
Because injury attorneys work on contingency, they don’t get paid if they don’t win the case, so they have a built-in incentive to pursue the case and to get as much as they can for their client because they get paid a percentage of the client’s settlement or verdict.
- A lawyer knows about all the compensation to which you are entitled.
When you suffer an injury because of the negligence of another person, and you file a lawsuit to recover compensation, your lawyer can look at the accident and your injuries and determine what types of compensation you might be able to recover.
- An attorney understands subrogation of health insurance liens.
You will receive medical attention right away after your injury, and the expense for that will likely be paid by your health insurance company. Your settlement will include compensation for your medical bills, so your health insurer expects to be reimbursed for the expenses they have paid from your settlement. This is a complicated process and your lawyer can represent you through it.
- The lawyer helps you make the decision to settle or file a lawsuit.
Being completely familiar with the civil justice system, knowing the value of your case and being a keen negotiator, helps your personal injury attorney know when you are not going to get the compensation you need from settling with the insurance company and when it is time to take the case to trial.
- The other side will have legal representation.
Do you feel competent enough to go up against insurance company lawyers on your own? An experienced personal injury attorney works with insurance company claims adjusters and lawyer everyday so they are thoroughly familiar with their tactics and strategies.
- Working with an attorney improves your odds.
Hiring a lawyer shows the other side that you are serious about recovering the maximum compensation available, and it greatly improves your odds of success because you will have access to their skill, experience and their track record of winning cases.
At Gainsberg Law P.C., we work to hold all responsible parties accountable. In wrongful death cases, we calmly guide families through the litigation process because we understand that grieving the loss of a loved one takes priority. To speak to a caring advocate, please phone us at 312.313.1621 or make an appointment by filling out our contact form. We proudly serve clients throughout the Chicagoland area.