If you’ve been injured in an train accident for which you were not at fault, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you receive a fair settlement from your insurance company.
It is possible to obtain a fair settlement without the help of a personal injury attorney, but you run the possibility of being taken advantage of by the insurance company.
Below are three big reasons for hiring a personal injury attorney.
Knowledge of Personal Injury.
Personal injury laws vary by state, and individual situation. Unless you are a law student or personal injury professional, you are likely unfamiliar with all the laws pertaining to personal injury claims. In other words, you probably do not know what you are legally entitled to, and could therefore be taken advantage of an insurance adjuster.
Sure, you can look up the personal injury laws in your state, but a personal injury professional can help you to interpret and apply those laws to your particular case. For this reason, it is advisable to hire an attorney that specializes in personal injury claims, and has extensive experience representing injured persons.
Ability to Negotiate Fair Compensation.
Having knowledge of personal injury laws is imperative to receiving fair compensation from your insurance company.
Because insurance companies profit by under compensating injured persons, many companies will automatically offer a lower settlement to persons not working with a personal injury attorney. For this reason, many people opt to hire personal injury lawyers even before they have been offered a settlement.
Fair Representation In Court.
Still, many others only hire a personal injury attorney when they seek to dispute a claim. For example, if you have been offered a personal injury settlement you believe is unfair, a personal injury attorney can dispute this settlement in a court of law.
The majority of personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they take a percentage―typically one-third to 40%―of the final settlement amount.
In addition to the contingency fee, you could be liable for court fees and related expenses. Be sure to inquire about all fees and expenses prior to hiring a personal injury attorney