Pretend for a second that you have a big baseball game tonight. The insurance company is the opponent. When they show up for the game, they bring their entire team. They have their best hitters, catchers, pitchers, and coaches all waiting to give it all they’ve got. If you want to have any chance at winning the game, wouldn’t you show up with an entire team as well? In the case of a motor vehicle accident, an attorney is your “team” who will assist you in “winning” against the insurance company.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, and handled the claim with the adverse insurance company on your own, you’ve been ripped off. The simple truth is that insurance companies have one goal in mind when they deal with an unrepresented claimant: to convince you to settle as quickly as possible for as little as possible. All too often, unrepresented claimants end up settling for much less than their claim might actually be worth.
One of the most important things an attorney provides in this type of situation is his experience. With experience comes knowledge. An experienced personal injury attorney, like the attorneys at Newton & Hall, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, will have the knowledge to determine who is at fault for an accident and why, what steps to take to maximize your recovery as well as what to avoid doing, which expenses are recoverable, and the overall value of a claim.
Even more importantly, not only does an experienced personal injury attorney have the knowledge to determine the value of each individual claim, but they also have knowledge of the procedures necessary to recover it. Without the assistance of an attorney, for example, you may not be aware that you can recover lost wages. Even if you did, you likely weren’t aware that you would need to support a claim for lost wages with paystubs, tax documents, letters or other documentation provided by your employer, and/or doctor’s notes. An experienced personal injury attorney knows exactly what to do, and how to do it, to ensure an injured person receives a fair and reasonable settlement.