10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are on the fence about hiring an attorney for your accident case, keep reading. You should understand the benefits of hiring a lawyer to represent you before making your decision.
1. Experience with similar claims.
This knowledge of the law, insurance company tactics, and previous case history will save you a lot of time and research.
2. No fees if you don't win your case.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't owe fees if they don't win for you - and if they do win, the fees will come out of the settlement so no payment is required up front.
3. Saves you time.
Do you have hours and hours to request your own medical records? Review police and medical charts? Communicate back and forth with the insurance adjuster? Let professionals handle this for you.
4. We know investigators.
If there is a question of assets, insurance, or liability, you need to know how to prove your case. We know the professionals that can help us build your claim.
5. We offer objectivity.
You're hurt, frustrated, and anger. Can you still be rational enough to make good decisions? Not always.
6. Alternative ways to reach resolution.
We understand that sometimes when adjusters will not offer a fair settlement that alternative methods of dispute resolution are necessary - and we are willing to handle your arbitration, mediation, or even trial.
7. Experience working with other lawyers.
Did you know that bankruptcy, divorce, criminal charges, etc, can all affect your injury case? We do, and we can work with your attorneys in these other practice areas to reach a solution in your best interest. Also, we can handle the insurance company's lawyers if your case goes past negotiations.
8. Knowledge of the personal injury process.
Have you spent years and years learning the ins and outs of personal injury law? We have.
9. Settlements are higher.
We know it's not always fair, but people who hire attorneys statistically receive more money in their injury settlement. Even after paying the lawyer's fees, they still walk away with more money than they probably would have received without an attorney.
10. We can go to trial.
Well, you can go to trial and represent yourself but the odds of you getting a good result, against the experienced attorneys of the defense, are low. But a personal injury attorney will have experience with talking to a jury.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois
Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois are partners with Shulman DuBois LLC. Shulman DuBois is a premier personal injury law firm in Portland, Oregon. Specializing in client care, each case that our firm takes is treated with personal attention. We pride ourselves on communicating with, and educating, our clients at all times.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.