If you’ve been involved in an accident, you have most likely experienced physical pain, and perhaps serious, lifetime injuries. Maybe you suffered broken bones, permanent nerve damage or worse, or maybe you are only feeling a bit of residual pain that you think will go away. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it’s in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer, even if you think your injury or the accident wasn’t severe enough to warrant legal counsel.
Some people are hesitant to pursue legal action, fearful they will be viewed as litigious. Others are afraid they will get charged by a lawyer for their time. Still others are concerned they will get taken advantage of by a self-interested personal injury lawyer. Whatever the reason, the reality is that taking the time to learn your rights and options from an expert in the field can only help you, even if you ultimately choose to represent yourself. And, since personal injury lawyers will generally consult with you about your case for free, you will be better off by talking to one.
Here are the reasons why it’s important that you speak with an injury lawyer after your accident.
Insurance Adjusters Are Not There to Help You
Perhaps you’ve spoken with an insurance adjuster after your accident and been pleased with their friendly and helpful demeanor. Unfortunately, many insurance adjusters are also good actors. Take, for example, the story of From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves: The Dark Side of Insurance. Written by an experienced trial lawyer, this book uncovers how Allstate implemented internal policies that deliberately denied or underpaid what was owed to a victim. The adjusters were trained on strategies to make victims believe the adjusters were looking out for their best interests, when the very opposite was true.
Insurance adjusters are working for companies whose main goal is to pay you as little as possible for your claim, in order to profit as much as possible for their own gain. They might discourage you from speaking with a personal injury lawyer, stating that it will cost you lots of money (which is patently untrue, since our initial consultations are 100 percent free). However, this “advice” only serves to support their goal of paying you as little as possible in order to maximize their own profits. Be wary of any adjuster who warns or threatens you not to discuss your case with a lawyer — after all, this is your experience, and you have the right to seek help in any way that you choose.
Insurance Companies Pay More for Claims Handled by a Personal Injury Lawyer
The sad truth is that many victims fall prey to the false helpfulness of insurance adjusters. Much like a used car salesman who tries to prevent an individual from getting a car inspection before purchasing, an adjuster may tell you that you’ll get a lower claim payout when you include a personal injury lawyer. This is a major red flag. The truth is that victims who seek counsel from a personal injury lawyer get a much higher claim payout than those who are not represented.
Insurance adjusters know that victims typically don’t have much legal knowledge, and they also know that unrepresented victims don’t have any leverage and must therefore take or leave the claim payout they’re offered. But when you partner with a personal injury lawyer, you’re represented by someone who has a knowledgeable and vested interest in your case, which means you’ll experience a more fair and deserved outcome.
Building the Best Strategy for Your Case Starts Now
Even if you choose not to hire a personal injury lawyer, spending some time talking to one about the details of your case will help you understand the best strategy to use to protect yourself from getting taken advantage of. Most aspects of personal injury case strategy are far from common-sense, and understanding your rights and options as soon as possible will help put you on the path to success.
Your Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer at FVF Is Free of Charge
Contrary to what an insurance adjuster may tell you, your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer is free. False claims like these are a way in which the insurance companies try to maintain control over your case in order to pay you a much lower claim payout. Steer clear of any insurance adjusters who tell you this, or that their offer will no longer stand once you contact a lawyer.
Here at FVF Firm, we’re sincere in our efforts to help victims recover from an accident and achieve the fair outcome that they deserve. That’s why we offer an initial consultation completely free of charge. We’ll simply go over the facts of your unique case and create a strategy that best suits your needs.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you might be entitled to payment for your medical bills. FVF Firm can help you understand your rights and receive the fair compensation you are owed. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your accident. We advocate for your legal rights so that you can focus on healing from your injury.