Your car crash was weeks ago, and you’re still having a little pain in your back and shoulder. The insurance company keeps calling and they’re eager to settle. Do you really need to go to all the trouble of hiring an attorney?
You can handle your personal injury claim yourself, but it isn’t wise. Here are some of the benefits of hiring an attorney:
They understand your options and rights.
You may get the feeling that if you don’t accept the insurance company’s offer soon, the dollar amount will go down — or the offer will disappear entirely. An attorney knows that you have rights that protect your interests. In Indiana, for example, you have a full two years from the date of your crash to file a claim. An attorney can work to make sure that you don’t settle your claim until all of your injuries are resolved or you’ve reached the point of maximum medical improvement.
They know the value of your claim.
Most people will be involved in three or four car crashes in their entire lifetime. An attorney sees hundreds of accident victims every year. They have a much better idea of what your injuries are worth — and what the insurance company will pay. They’re also an objective voice who can help you sort the practical aspects of your claim from your emotional ones.
They can take the pressure off you.
It’s rarely in your best interests to settle your claim quickly — and the insurance company knows it. That won’t stop them from calling or looking for ways to devalue your claim by suggesting that you’re partially at fault for the crash. An attorney can serve as a buffer. By redirecting all insurance calls to your attorney, you can focus on healing without the added stress.
Please continue reviewing our site for more information on what happens after a car accident. We can help you through this process.