Should you settle with the insurance companies? Or should you hire a lawyer?
If you’ve been in a collision, and you’ve been injured, then the question arises, “will I get more money through the insurance company settlement, or should I hire a lawyer?”
I’ve been doing this type of work for more than 30 years and I’ve had a number of client’s over those years who have come to me and said they’ve been offered ‘X’ dollars by the other driver’s insurance company and that they don’t want to hire me if the end result will be a smaller amount than what they have already been offered. I’ve yet to have a case settle where the client received less than what the insurance company was offering (even after deduction of my fees).
Insurance companies will only offer a settlement far below what they believe you may be awarded at trial. Hiring an experienced injury lawyer is certainly in your best interests.
Also, the question does not take into account the value of ‘peace of mind’ that you will get from hiring a lawyer :
a) that your claim has been handled by a professional;
b) that you will be ‘leveling the playing field’ with the other driver’s insurance company;
c) that you will get advice on what to do and what not to do to ensure you are fairly compensated;
d) that you will settle your claim when it is appropriate to do so, and not just when the other driver’s insurance company tells you to.
Let’s start a conversation about your claim, use the form to the right or call us.