People often think they can save a little money by handling a personal injury claim themselves. While there’s no law that requires you to consult a lawyer, doing so is almost always in your best interests. For those who try to handle a claim on their own, they may end up losing more money than they saved.
When you are injured in an accident, an insurance representative working for the party responsible for the accident will contact you. This early meeting will result in the agent offering you a quick cash settlement and that can be appealing, especially when your injuries and missed work places a financial burden on you and your family. However, the offer will be insufficient to cover these costs and, once you accept it, you forfeit any right to make future claims.
When you hire a Tampa injury attorney, you will have a legal advocate to fight for you. Personal injury lawyers are experienced in negotiating settlements, so your attorney may be able to get you a fairer settlement. Often, insurance companies are eager to avoid a lengthy and public trial, so they will be willing to grant your attorney’s requests.
Sometimes, insurance companies won’t settle. If this happens in your case, your lawyer will be prepared to go to trial. He will already be familiar with the facts of your case, so he’ll be better prepared to develop a strong courtroom strategy. This can mean all of the difference, when it comes to proving your case.
Many people try to handle their personal injury cases themselves, because they don’t have much money. They’re afraid of the legal fees the attorney will charge, especially when they have mounting medical bills. Personal injury lawyers work for a contingency, which means they deduct their fee from the settlement or award. You won’t be obligated to pay them up front. This ensures they’ll work hard to win your case and alleviates your financial worries. The focus will be on earning a favorable outcome in your case, so you can return to your life as quickly as possible.