Do I Need a Lawyer?
It’s normal to debate the need to call an attorney. Many people are scared they’ll end up in court and have to pay fees; they think their case is too small or their injuries too insignificant, or they think the insurance company has offered everything they can. Before you write off asking for help, you should know a few key things:
Hiring a lawyer to work your injury claim is different than suing. Our lawyers will advise you how to make sure the risk is on the insurance company and not you. If the risk is placed on them, they will often settle before we have to sue and end up in a trial.
Trying to resolve your claim yourself will result in a lower recovery than if you hire a lawyer. Insurance companies are for-profit companies who do not have your best interest in mind. The insurance company of the person who caused your accident owes you no duty and will try to compensate you less than what you deserve. The only way to level the playing field against an insurance company and their adjusters is to retain the services of an experienced attorney. Remember: Insurance adjusters are trained to settle your claim for the least amount of money possible. We stop the hassle of dealing with the insurance adjuster.
We do all the work for you. We will work with your specific medical providers to request your medical records and bills. We will also take care of your health insurance conversations and interactions. If you are still in need of medical treatment, we have a list of preferred doctors who will not bill you and await payment once your claim settles. We handle all the paperwork and legal issues to get your case settled quickly so you can get back to your normal life.
We believe hiring a lawyer should not be financially out of reach for anyone. Our representation is provided on a contingency fee basis. This means there is no fee charged to you unless we first obtain a recovery on your behalf. This system provides you access to a top-quality, experienced, and resourceful legal help. According to a report from the Insurance Research Council, recoveries for automobile accident injury victims were 40% higher with attorney representation than without it.
Your insurance adjuster is only focused on short-term effects of your accident. Many accidents end up costing people much more than expected in the long run. For example loss of income, physical therapy, additional medical or surgical procedures, home modifications for people who sustain permanent disabilities, etc. Without an attorney, you may not be able to get any recovery for these things or even be able to qualify for them.
What can you recover from the insurance company following an accident? The laws of most states allow you to recover for:
- Physical pain and suffering, past and future
- Mental pain and suffering, past and future
- Reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future
Regardless of where your accident occurred, our national network of accident lawyers at Jones Brown are experienced and prepared to get you the maximum amount of recovery the law allows.