Having a lawyer can increase your compensation
If you have been injured or incurred property damage in a car accident, you may have significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. In many cases, these expenses continue long after the accident.
It is well known that car accident victims who have legal representation obtain significantly higher compensation amounts than those who are unrepresented. Some studies have shown that settlements and awards can be up to 3.5 times as much for victims who have an attorney. Personal injury attorneys are familiar with the tactics of insurance companies, and can help clients to negotiate and stand up to insurers who want quicker, and lower, settlements.
It is not unusual for an insurance adjuster to tell a car accident victim that they do not even need an attorney, as part of their strategy to reduce the compensation that the insurance company will have to pay.
The losses that can result from a car accident are not always clear in the days and weeks immediately after the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help a victim to better estimate their potential future expenses, and include them in their claim. Sometimes apparently minor injuries, such as whiplash, can become persistent or bigger issues requiring ongoing medical expenses.
The effect of minor or major injuries from a car accident can be far-reaching, and incur costs beyond obvious medical expenses that a victim might not consider if they are handling the claim without representation. Victims frequently underestimate their expenses and how long they will last, resulting in inadequate settlements that do not cover the costs their family has to bear after an accident.
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