Regardless of the type of accident you’ve had, hiring a lawyer could be a wise decision. Though you are allowed to settle an accident claim on your own, there are several reasons to consider hiring an attorney instead.
You may choose to hire an attorney for your accident claim because:
An Attorney Has Experience
Many accident victims have no idea what to expect after an accident. Whether you’ve slipped and fallen, been hit by another driver, suffered injuries on the job, or were injured under other circumstances, all victims face a common question: what now?
An attorney can tell you what to expect, and even more importantly, what to do. If you choose the right attorney, they’ll know what to do because they’ve been there before. Legal experience is invaluable when pursuing a financial recovery after an accident of any kind.
You Cannot Handle the Demands of a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
Accidents often throw victims’ lives into disarray. Stress is a common theme among accident victims, and trying to handle your case on your own will only introduce more stress into your life.
Following your accident, you must be careful not to make injuries worse. According to Mayo Clinic, you can manage stress by:
Setting aside time for activities that you enjoy
Spending time with loved ones
Getting plenty of sleep
Dealing with a legal case can make these stress management techniques impossible. If you are dealing with the various aspects of your case, you may also have less time for medical treatment.
However you look at it, moving forward without a lawyer could be bad for your health.
A Law Firm Has a Favorable Fee Structure
Many personal injury firms will accept clients’ cases at no upfront cost. The client doesn’t pay for any case-related expenses, and pays no fee unless the firm wins their case.
If the law firm does win, then the firm receives a portion of the client’s recovery. This is called a contingency fee structure, and it places all of the financial risk on the law firm—rather than the client. In fact, the American Bar Association (ABA) explains that lawyers cannot charge an “unreasonable fee” to clients.
Many accident victims are willing to pay a modest percentage of their winnings to their lawyer. In return, the firm handles all of the legwork and even pays case-related costs.
A Law Firm Will Handle Case-Related Costs
Personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits, and insurance claims can be costly. This is especially true if a law firm hires experts and investigators to strengthen a case.
If you choose not to hire an attorney, then you’re choosing to pay for your case out of your own pocket. From filing costs to expert fees, the cost of a case may be more than you’re willing to pay.
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There are several reasons to hire an attorney after an accident. Don’t wait to get help. Substantial compensation may be at stake.