Do You Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident Insurance Claim?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you’re now facing a rather difficult time in your life. You need to recover from your injuries, you may be missing work and losing income, you have bills to pay, and you’ve got an insurance claim to deal with. You need to stay on top of doctor’s appointments and figure out how to get your car fixed or replaced. It’s a lot to manage, especially when you’re in pain and your future is uncertain. People are telling you to hire a lawyer. But do you really need one?
A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the difficult course of a personal injury claim from start to finish. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get a rental car and get your car repaired quickly, and can help you to avoid making mistakes and falling into insurance company traps that will reduce your ultimate recovery. Most importantly, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you select the best doctors that will provide you with first class medical treatment without paying any money out of pocket up front.
People often worry about how they’re going to pay for a lawyer on top of their medical bills and other expenses. Fortunately, you can hire a lawyer for your personal injury case on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing out of pocket until your case is resolved.
You are not legally obligated to hire an attorney, and many people try to handle insurance claims on their own. That said, this post will explain why an experienced personal injury attorney can be a tremendous benefit to your case.
First Things First – What about the Legal Fees?
The good news is that personal injury attorneys, including the Law Offices Gary C. Eisenberg, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay the attorney anything up front or out of pocket before your case is resolved. The attorneys collect a fee based on the amount of the settlement or jury verdict that they obtain for you. This is beneficial to you for three primary reasons: 1) Your attorney has a vested interest in getting you the highest possible award on your case; 2) You are not be burdened with spending money on a lawyer and can focus on recovering from your accident and injuries; and 3) Your attorney does not charge you hourly for things like setting you up with the best doctors and getting your car repaired.
Further, you do not have to pay your attorney any money if he/she does not collect money for you on your case.
Insurance Companies Don’t Want to Pay
Insurance companies want to settle your claim as quickly as they can and for as little as possible. As a result, they will pressure you to accept their offer, which may not be even close to what your case is really worth. In addition, they will try to get you to say things that can jeopardize your claim and leave you with no recourse. Negotiating an insurance claim is very difficult for non-lawyers.
An experienced personal injury attorney knows the games insurers play. He/she can be the point of contact for all correspondence with the insurance companies and handle all of the phone calls, emails, and letters. You can then focus on your recovery and taking care of your family.
Documenting and Proving Your Claim
A skilled personal injury attorney knows the law and knows what you need to do in order to prove your claim. A lawyer can help you compile the information and documents you need to prove your case. He or she will also know when the insurance company is being unreasonable, and when and whether you should file a lawsuit. Non-lawyers can often jeopardize their own claim by failing to provide the proper documents and proof or by missing the deadline to file a lawsuit.
Contact a Calabasas Car Accident Insurance Claim Attorney
Founded in 2001 and representing accident and injury victims all over Southern California, the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg have the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 818-591-8058 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.