Can't I Handle My Injury Claim Myself?
Often when first injured or beginning to deal with their injury case, people wonder if they need a personal injury lawyer at all. Certain tasks seem easy enough to handle on your own, like talking with insurance companies or getting statements from doctors.
Some people do try to handle their personal injury case themselves, but typically they aren't successful.
The insurance companies are enormous and have many lawyers working for them. They're very adept at turning down claims, negotiating for lower settlements than what you need and deserve, and catching you in traps that wouldn't work if you had a lawyer.
Most of the time, when you handle an injury claim yourself, what you're really doing is saying, "I'll just take whatever the insurance company offers me." That might sound fine, but the insurance company doesn't always offer anything at all. You might be looking at an offer of nothing or they might offer far less money than you need to cover your medical bills and other damages. That is typical.
A personal injury attorney has much more negotiating power from the beginning. They're able to investigate your case and examine it against current laws. To prove fault or help your case, they can hold depositions and even go to court if necessary. Because the insurance company knows lawyers have this added clout, they typically are more willing to negotiate a payment that fits what they really owe you.
The better the lawyer, the more scared the insurance company. That's why it's always important to hire a personal injury lawyer you trust, who you know has a good reputation and hunger for winning your case.
If you're considering handling your personal injury case yourself, why not give us a call first? Our attorneys offer a free consultation and can help walk you through issues we see in your case. Plus, if you choose to sign with us, we don't get paid anything unless you do.
You should also make sure to download your free copy of our book "8 Dirty Secrets the Car Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know." This book will help you better understand the insurance companies' tactics — even for injuries outside car accidents — so you're fully prepared when you start your injury case.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us to set up your free consultation.