Maybe You’ve Been Injured In An Auto Accident, But Does That Mean You Really NEED to Hire An Attorney?
There are many cases where it is in your very best interest to hire a lawyer to help you get a fair settlement from the insurance company. In fact, statistics show that accident victims who are represented by an attorney do in fact receive more than those who choose to settle with the insurance company on their own. But, there are some cases where you may get more for your settlement by settling with the insurance company on your own. I’ve listed the top five instances in which you might not need a lawyer for your auto accident case:
1. Cases where there is little property damage and/or minor impact. Small “bump” cases do not make for a big recovery in South Carolina, end of story.
2. Cases where you haven’t been to the doctor or have waited a significant period of time before going to the doctor for your injuries. If you are really hurt in an accident, insurance companies and jurors believe you would seek medical treatment promptly.
3. Cases where you were at fault in the accident. If you caused the car accident, you do not have a personal injury claim against the other driver.
4. Cases where there is minor property damage to both vehicles involved in the accident and you have very minor injuries.
5. Cases where you were not injured at all in the accident.
These instances are given as a guideline. Even if you believe you can settle your case on your own, it is always a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney before settling with the insurance company. If your case is very small and you are better off settling on your own, an experienced personal injury attorney should know this and be honest with you.
Most law firms, including the Shelly Leeke Law Firm, offer free case evaluations, so it is always a good idea to at least check with an attorney before settling on your own. You can always call my office, and we will tell you if I believe you will be better off settling on your own. Not all auto accident cases require an attorney. But all accident victims should at least have the knowledge they need before dialing with the insurance company on their own.