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Five Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Updated on October 4, 2013

Physical Recovery is Stressful

A Good Personal Injury Attorney Will Make Sure You Get the Medical Treatment You Deserve
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When you have been in a car accident or suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence you often have to deal with an insurance company to try to get compensated for your injuries and pain and suffering. Some people are hesitant to hire a lawyer because they feel a lawyer will just take a part of their money. However, there are at least five reasons to hire lawyer instead of dealing with the insurance adjustors yourself.

ONE: Increase Amount of Recovery

While a personal injury lawyer typically takes one-third of any damages you receive, you often still make more money hiring a lawyer than you do by negotiating yourself. This is for several reasons. Lawyers have often been through dozens, or even hundreds, of cases like yours. They have a better idea than you do what your case is worth. A lawyer can get more money in your pocket, even with his or her fee, than you can by yourself.

Insurance companies often set aside a specific amount to pay a claim and try to settle a case for as little as possible. A lawyer will have a better idea what the maximum number the insurance company is willing to pay and keep pushing until the amount is meant. A lawyer threatening to file a lawsuit is more credible than you telling the insurance company you are going to go to court.

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TWO: Emotional Toll

Dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury is not only physically taxing, but also emotionally draining. When you have to continually deal with phone calls, letters, requests for documents, on top of trying to get your life back to normal, you can quickly feel overwhelmed. Hiring a personal injury attorney allows you to share the burden. You don’t have to constantly relive the details of the injury. Your lawyer can deal with the insurance company and can involve you only as needed. Hiring a lawyer means hiring a powerful ally.

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THREE: Protect Your Rights

Many states have very short time periods for you to pursue your claims for compensation resulting from someone else’s negligence. Hiring a lawyer helps ensure your rights are protected and all the time limits are carefully watched. You often have many rights from your own insurance policies that your insurance company may not want you to know about. A lawyer is there to watch your back and make sure you get what you deserve from the one who injured you as well as form your own insurance company.

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In the United States more than 85% of cases settle before going to trial.

FOUR: Free Up Your Time

Pursing a personal injury claim is time consuming. If you really want to maximize your recovery you have to order your medical records, write detailed demand letters, and argue with insurance adjustors who spend all day trying to get people to settle for less than they deserve. Sometimes you may have multiple phone calls from the insurance company in just one day. In the case of auto accident related injuries you not only have to deal with the bad driver’s insurance com-any, but you also have to deal with your insurance company.

If you are trying to get back to your regular life and your job, you don’t have time to properly deal with all the paperwork and phone calls that a personal injury claim entails.

Time is Precious

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FIVE: Peace of Mind

Having someone else be responsible for the day-to-day details of your case gives you peace of mind. You do not have to worry about saying something wrong, or forgetting some detail. You can relax and know that you have someone on your side. Because your lawyer is getting a percentage of your recovery, it is in his or her interest to get as big of a recovery as possible.

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Lawyers are not popular in our society. But, having one on your side can be a life changing experience. If you have suffered an injury because of someone else, you will quickly find you never get to deal with the person who hurt you; you have to deal with their insurance company. They have people who spend their careers dealing with cases like yours. Don’t you deserve someone on your side? Your insurance company is not on your side; they don’t want to pay out any more money than they have to. Hiring a lawyer is the only way to make sure you are maximizing your recovery, limiting the emotional toll, protecting your rights, freeing up your time, and buying yourself peace of mind.

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      bkwlawyer 23 months ago

      I know i am late to reply on your post but I really liked your post. I really appreciate your attempt and feel that these five points are worth reading. I really liked your video about how to get more money.

      You have posted knowledgeable and Nice information about personal injury lawyers.

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      Debra Hargrove 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I liked your video about how to get more money. Nice information that is needed due to the insurance company sometime do not treat you fairly without an attorney to stand up for you.

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      Nora Moore 2 years ago

      That's true that dealing with the aftermath of an accident like that can have a big emotional toll. It would be nice to know that you have a trained professional on your side to deal with the insurance company and all of that stuff. The fact that they know all the time limits for being compensated would be nice, too. I would hate to run out of time like that.

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      Lily Vincent 3 years ago from Orem, Utah

      #4 is a great tip; sometimes getting a personal injury attorney can just make things easier in the long run. Thanks for posting!


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      Candice Harding 3 years ago

      I appreciate that you pointed out the time frame for personal injury suits. Insurance companies count on people not knowing the rules of the game, so to speak. Lawyers may not be popular, but they are essential in personal injury cases so that you get a fair settlement.

      Candice Harding