Were you involved in an accident? Were you injured as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness? You will need the assistance of a personal injury lawyer if you want to improve your chances of being awarded a fair compensation for the damages resulting from the accident.
Many victims of accidents fail to hire attorneys to represent them in their claim for compensation. This is because many of these victims believe that hiring an attorney will mean that their case will go to trial. This is not true. Only five to six percent of personal injury cases go to trial. The vast majority of accident claims are settled outside of court.
Why Many Claims Don’t Make it to Court
- Experienced attorneys can approximate the value of a claim. When you consult with an attorney, he or she will investigate the facts surrounding your accident and weigh the evidence and various other circumstances in the case to determine the value of your claim. Experienced attorneys are able to estimate the value of pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other factors to give you an even more accurate idea of the value of your claim as well as any challenges that you might have in proving your claim or your damages. If an attorney represents you in the negotiations with the insurance adjuster, he or she will be better able to present your case and establish your damages, making it more likely that you will recover the compensation that you deserve without the necessity of going to trial.
- Trials can be expensive. Insurance companies are all about saving money. Going to trial means hiring attorneys, experts and incurring additional expenses. It costs much less to negotiate compensation outside of court and avoid trial by settling. In addition, a settlement offers the insurance company certainty in terms of the amount it will have to pay, where a jury trial could result in a significant verdict. Insurance companies may try to undercut your claim’s value during negotiations to settle for less. However, an experienced personal injury attorney will know how to deal with the insurance company’s tactics, and the threat of trial may actually increase the insurance company’s offer.
- Trials occur when the insurance company disagrees with your attorneys. Insurance companies may deny responsibility or be unwilling to settle a claim for what you consider a fair amount. In these situations, the insurance company may be willing to take the case to trial to let an impartial jury determine liability and damages. When you are represented by an attorney, the attorney can make the same threat. To a certain extent it is a game to see who will blink first, but at the end of the day, trials are rare and the parties will usually settle.
Hire an experienced attorney
It’s important to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to deal with insurance adjusters and ensure that you get full and fair compensation from the insurance company. If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision in Southern California, please call us for a free consultation. We’ll evaluate your case and let you know your options. We only work on a contingency basis, which means that you only pay us if we recover money on your behalf.