If you were recently involved in an accident in which you sustained injuries that were serious enough to remove your ability to work or enjoy your life, you may be looking to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation. However, especially if you have never worked with the insurance and legal systems before, you may feel overwhelmed. If so, consider the benefits of hiring an attorney to help handle your claim.
1. Your Lawyer Will Take Over Communications
Even before you leave the hospital after being hurt in the accident, you will be inundated with phone calls. Not only will your insurance company want to speak with you, but the offending party's insurance company will be pestering to speak with you to get a statement and even start talking about offers.
Unfortunately, the communication attempts will only increase once you get home. You may even get to the point where you dread hearing your phone ring because you just do not know what you should say to them.
However, after you hire a lawyer to deal with your case, they will take over the communications with the insurance companies. Not only does this help relieve some of your stress so you can concentrate on getting better, but it also eliminates the risk of you saying something wrong that could indicate any type of guilt and jeopardize your claim.
2. Your Lawyer Can Help You Figure Out Your Compensation Amount
Even if you are able to navigate the constant barrage of calls from the insurance company, you may not know exactly how much to ask for when filing your claim if you try to do all of the work yourself. While you want to be reimbursed for your medical bills, you also want compensation for missed work and decreased quality of life.
When you have an attorney on your side, they can help you figure out the amount for which to ask. Because they deal with cases similar to yours, they know the approximate amount of money you have coming and can then help you get that amount.
Having to deal with insurance companies and court dates while recovering from an injury can be a difficult time, especially if you try to go it alone. Instead of trying to do everything yourself when filing a claim, schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney to discuss with you how they can help you through this difficult time.