If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another, it’s generally a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer before you accept an insurance settlement. Once you’ve settled your claim with the insurance company, you will generally forfeit your right to file a lawsuit in the future. Therefore, it’s crucial that you understand both your legal options and the value of your case before settling. In general, hiring an attorney will increase your likelihood of maximizing your compensation.
The Insurance Company Isn’t on Your Side
It’s important to understand that the insurance company is more concerned with their profit margin than they are about fairly compensating you for your injury. As a result, they will often go to great lengths to minimize the amount of money they must pay on your claim. This may involve offering you a lowball settlement in hopes that you will accept this initial offer before discovering what your case is truly worth. They may also try to claim that the accident was partially your fault in order to limit their liability.
Your attorney will be solely focused on protecting your rights and helping you maximize your compensation. This includes handling all negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. In most instances, an experienced personal injury lawyer will be more likely to secure a better settlement offer than you can obtain on your own.
What Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for You?
Your personal injury lawyer will perform several important tasks that will help ensure your rights are protected and you receive fair compensation for your damages. This includes:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your accident
- Use all available evidence to build a strong case on your behalf
- Evaluate the total extent of your injury to ensure your compensation adequately covers your damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Advise you when a settlement isn’t in your best interests
- Pursue your compensation in court if necessary
Learning about Your Legal Options Is Free
Jeff Mehalic offers free consultations for all personal injury cases. This provides you with the ability to learn about your legal rights and options during a no-cost, no-obligation conversation. You have nothing to lose by attending a consultation. It can only help you understand the best way to proceed, even if you choose to handle your case without the assistance of a lawyer.
Please contact Mehalic Law using the form on this page or call 304-346-3462 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Morgantown, Wheeling, Martinsburg and the surrounding areas of West Virginia.