Read This If You’re Thinking of Managing Your Personal Injury Claim by Yourself
In the modern world, more and more people are embarking on DIY projects. From kitchen remodels to decorating elaborate cakes, there seems to be an online tutorial for just about everything.
If you’re considering trying to DIY a personal injury case, you should strongly reconsider. Is it possible for a plaintiff to file a claim against an insurance company without the help of a lawyer? Yes. However, that’s not to say it’s recommended.
Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider hiring a lawyer.
You run the risk of missing key deadlines
If you’re thinking about starting a personal injury claim, you’ll need to do it before the Statute of Limitations runs out. If you’re not familiar with the term, the Statute of Limitations is a deadline in which you’ll need to file your case. If you don’t file before that timeline expires, you won’t be able to file. This holds true regardless as to the extent of your injuries.
Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer will help ensure that your paperwork is submitted to the court on time.
They’ll know how to negotiate the best settlement
The job of the plaintiff’s insurance company is to protect that company’s assets and pay out as little as possible. It’s not unusual for an insurance agent to offer you a one-time lump sum if you’re willing to settle out of court.
If you accept that money, you won’t be allowed to pursue additional damages, regardless as to the extent of your injuries. Although a $50,000 settlement offer can seem like a lot of money if you’re struggling to pay your credit card bills (or if you’re behind on your mortgage), that may not cover the full extent of your injuries.
Will you need additional surgeries? Will you need long-term care, such as medications or ongoing physical therapy? Did you sustain an injury that puts you at risk of developing early-onset arthritis? All of these things need to be factored into a settlement offer.
You’ll likely have less stress
When you hire an experienced Naples law firm, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have an experienced advocate working on your behalf. Not only can the lawyer help you understand how personal injury litigation works, they can guide you through the process step by step.
If you or someone you care for has been injured in a no-fault car accident, motorcycle accident or other type of accident, call our office today to schedule a free consultation.