If you have suffered an injury you may be asking yourself, "Do I really
need a lawyer?" There are certainly times where you may be able to
auto accident claim by yourself; however, as personal injury cases become more complex
the answer to this question is a resounding, "Yes." The following
are five reasons why we recommend that you strongly consider hiring an
Atlanta injury attorney.
A lawyer will know the value of your case based upon experience and research
How can you negotiate with the insurance company when you do not know the
value of the case? I have had people "brag" to me that they
were able to settle their own case without the need for a lawyer. When
I ask follow up questions about the claim and what it settled for, I almost
always come to the conclusion that they got considerably less than the
claim was worth. Why? First and foremost, the insurance company is not
Their job is to settle the claim as cheaply as possible. This does not
mean being fair. This means offering you the least amount of money that
will get you to sign a release. Second and more importantly, how do you
know value of your case if you do not know what other cases have settled
for in the past. Attorneys have access to a variety of resources which
help determine the value of a case. More importantly, an attorney has
experience in handling these types of cases.
What you receive will be determined by what has to be paid out to others
Many times I am able to get a client more money, not by increasing the
offer from the insurance company, but by getting others to take less money
out of the settlement proceeds. When you are involved in a
personal injury claim, you will incur medical bills. Even if your medical bills are paid
by health insurance, there may be times where health insurance has a right
to receive their money back. A good attorney will advise you how to pay
back the minimum amount of money possible so that you receive more money
The only thing that keeps the insurance company honest is litigation
A good trial lawyer knows how to try a case and win. If you are negotiating
with the insurance company on your own, the insurance company knows that
you have to accept the offer of settlement or file a lawsuit. If you do
not have a lawyer then the insurance company knows that you are extremely
unlikely to file a lawsuit. Insurance companies know which lawyers try
cases and will offer more money to those clients with lawyers that have
a history of trying cases.
A good lawyer knows that there may be other sources of insurance coverage
One of the most complicated areas of personal injury law is how to track
down the right insurance policies. In most personal injury cases, a variety
of insurance policies come into play. Strategically making sure that each
policy is set up to pay properly is the hallmark of a good lawyer. I have
never met a client who understands the intricacy of insurance law as it
relates to personal injury claims. Only a good trial lawyer can tell you
how to maximize the amount you receive by strategically going after different
insurance policies. It can mean the difference of tens of thousands of dollars.
A lawyer will make sure that you get the proper medical treatment for your injuries
Many times clients have come to my office after months of trying to handle
a claim on their own. What is striking about these types of claims is
the lack of consistent medical care that the client has received. Your
claim rises and falls on the medical documentation regarding your injuries.
Said another way, the script for your case is the medical records. If
your injury, complaint, ailment, diagnosis, prognosis, etc. is not contained
in the medical records, then it does not exist to the insurance company.
If it does not exist, then you will not receive compensation for it. An
attorney will make sure that you are getting the proper medical treatment
and documentation so that all of your injuries are clearly definable and
presentable to the insurance company. If you cannot point to the medical
records and show the insurance company your injury, you will not be compensated for it.