Why Hire a Lawyer?

  Some people are reluctant to hire a lawyer following an accident.  It seems that many people feel it may be in their best interest to proceed on their own.  This approach is not only welcomed, but encouraged by the insurance company.  Insurance adjusters are well trained in using certain language with injured people.  One of the primary purposes in their communications is to convince the injured party that they should not seek counsel.  They will inform the injured that obtaining an attorney will not increase their recovery.  It will simply mean there will be attorney fees.  Also, the insurance adjusters will seem very cooperative, sympathetic and interested in the injured’s situation.  There is a very good reason for that.
   One large insurance company did a study which determined that individuals who are represented by an attorney obtain 2 ½ to 3 times more than individuals who are not.  Therefore, there should be little wonder why insurance adjusters do not want the injured to obtain counsel.
   Handling injury claims is very complicated.  Getting medical bills paid to protect the injured’s credit is important. A good attorney can assist in that.  Also, a good attorney will be able to properly evaluate a claim and, if the insurance company does not make a reasonable offer, can pursue further remedies.  An individual without an attorney cannot do this.

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