Before you attempt to settle your own injury claim, you should know it is in your best interest to interview and hire a skilled personal injury lawyer—someone who has knowledge of legislation and judicial opinions and can proficiently navigate a lawsuit while protecting your rights to compensation from all legal sources. That’s right, all legal sources.
What the public generally does not know is that there may be more than one resource that entitles you to compensation. But in order to gain further compensation, there are procedural rules that must be followed in a timely manner.
A quick self-seeking settlement from the responsible insurance carrier, and you may be barred forever from gaining any further compensation you may have been entitled to. A skilled attorney knows how and when to claim those funds.
Self-Settling with Insurance Providers
Although an insurance agent may express their sympathy for your injuries, their empathy stops at negotiating a fair settlement directly with an injured party. At the risk of sounding cynical, it is a fact that insurance carriers answer to their stockholders; they do not take victims without legal representation seriously.
Even when the insuring company engages directly with the injured party, their monetary offers are staggeringly low and inadequate to make the victim whole again. And it’s not unheard of for an agent to make promises to an injured victim—meanwhile, putting them on hold until the statute of limitations has run out and the injured person no longer has a claim. It’s despicable, but it happens.
Why Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer?
With a competent attorney representing your interests, the above scenarios should never happen. In fact, most claims litigated by proficient legal council will seek damages from all available sources to compensate an injured victim’s current and future accident-related medical bills, loss of earnings, possible permanent disability, pain, suffering, and all other damages pertaining to the injured’s accident.
So, why settle for less? Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
Charles P. Ward
*Note – This article is not to be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about insurance or a claim for damages, seek advice from a personal injury lawyer.