If you are involved in an accident, you will likely have to deal with one or more insurance companies. Although you can try to negotiate with them on your own, you might be better served by hiring a personal injury attorney to represent your interests instead. There are a few reasons to consider doing so.
Initially, you may not be thinking rationally enough to negotiate on your own behalf. If you’ve just been in an accident, you may be more focused on recovering from your injuries than on making sure your settlement is large enough to cover your medical bills. An attorney can make sure the statements made and facts presented are objective and unemotional.
Attorneys can also help with the rigid timelines that must be adhered to in order to receive compensation for your injuries. He or she can help collect evidence and medical records and make sure they get where they need to go on time.
Additionally, although you may be very smart, you likely did not go to law school and practice personal injury law every day of your life. Personal injury attorneys understand the nuances of that particular area of law, and their expertise can be used to your advantage. Furthermore, insurance companies hire attorneys to represent them as well; it is much better for your attorney to argue and negotiate with them than you.
Lastly, the chances of securing a higher settlement are greater with an attorney representing you than without. That is because attorneys are adept at determining the amount and kind of compensation you deserve and can fight for you with their vast experience in personal injury matters.