Do I really need to hire an attorney if I’ve been in a car accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have probably got a lot on your plate already, and now people are telling you that you need to go talk to an attorney. Is an attorney really necessary? You might have doubts. Maybe you think your case isn’t big enough, perhaps you are worried about attorney’s fees, or are you wondering if the insurance companies are really as frustrating as people say? Is hiring a personal injury lawyer really necessary?
The short of it is this: if you want to make sure you get the best possible outcome in your case, you need professional assistance from an attorney that specializes in personal injury law. The law is complicated, and North Carolina law especially so! (link to article about contributory negligence). One little mistake on the phone with the adjuster or one wrong thing said to police can have a dramatic impact on the compensation you receive.
Let’s take a closer look at the three concerns above. You may not think much of your situation, but insurance companies treat every accident like it’s a million-dollar case. You must be prepared to fight for every inch, even for a simple fender bender, and the only way to know the value of your case is to meet with a lawyer. Fortunately, at the Law Offices of Brian deBrun, consultations are free, so it doesn’t cost a penny to find out exactly what it will take to get you the compensation you deserve.
That brings us to the second concern: attorney’s fees. Attorneys do not come cheaply, so you may be wondering if hiring a car accident attorney is a good idea. First off, by hiring an attorney you are ensuring the insurance company takes you seriously. Filing a lawsuit on your own is incredibly difficult, and the insurance companies know this. Without a lawyer there is not much you can do to show the adjuster that you mean business. Oftentimes just the mere fact that you are have a lawyer is enough to get a better settlement from the insurance company.
Thirdly, maybe the adjuster has said some pretty nice things to you. Are the insurance companies really so bad to deal with? If you have thinking this then the insurance advertising is working. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are here to make money. Their revenue model looks like this: take in money in the form of premiums, invest that money, and minimize claims payouts. The “minimizing” of claim payouts is what you are dealing with. Every penny the adjuster gives you is another penny the insurance company is losing. It is in the insurance company’s direct interest to help you as little as possible. By yourself there is not much you can do, but with a good personal injury lawyer on your side you can show them what you are really made of!
These are just a few of the reasons why hiring a personal injury attorney is a good idea. For more reasons, or to find out how helpful a good lawyer can be, give us a call at (704) 405-5505 and schedule your free consultation today. Personal service gets results!