After a car accident, you may feel confused and overwhelmed about what to do next. If you or your passengers were injured in the accident, you have a lot on your plate. You must deal with doctor appointments, hospital visits, insurance claims and a stack of bills. You may be tempted to try to resolve your case with the insurance company directly, but this could potentially sabotage your good claim or leave you with a tiny nuisance settlement and a pile of unpaid medical bills that exceed your recovery.
There are three reasons to hire an attorney to assist you if you have been involved in an auto accident.
There is no need for the majority of cases to go to court. An experienced personal injury law firm such as ours can settle out of court with much less hassle, and you will likely get nearly as much money as you would have if you had pursued your case through the court system which could take two or three years. However, you are not going to get a fair settlement without the assistance of an attorney. Your attorney can deal with the other party, their attorneys and insurance carriers to get you the money that you deserve. This leaves you free to handle your recovery process and the business of getting back to your daily life.
If your case does go to court, you have the option to represent yourself, but this is not the best way to do things. An attorney will represent you in front of the judge or jury and pursue a large verdict. Your attorney will also navigate the muddied legal waters, file all required paperwork and handle phone calls and correspondence. This leaves you free to deal with other things that are much more important.
Many times, insurance companies and attorneys will not even entertain your phone calls and letters if you do not secure your own legal representation. They have other cases to deal with that will cost them much more money to defend, and they know that if they brush you off, you'll eventually get frustrated and give up. In addition, you may not know exactly where to start to get your case off the ground, and your attempts to pursue the compensation you deserve may fall flat. This can lead to frustration, and may cause you to give up before you receive compensation for the injuries to your property and your person. When you retain the services of an attorney to assist you with your case, you will get the attention of the opposing counsel and their insurance carriers, and you will likely get several times the recovery if you had handled it on your own. This means more money in your pocket and less stress on your shoulders.
If you have been involved in a car crash or in any kind of accident, it is imperative that you seek legal representation right away so you can protect and assert your rights under the law. Contact the Lassen Law Firm for a free consultation. One of our attorneys will go over the details of your case with you, and advise you on how you can get the maximum possible compensation available under PA law.