So, you were just in an accident, are considering hiring an attorney, and think to yourself “when is the right time to hire an attorney? Should I wait to see what the insurance company does or hire an attorney right away?”
First rule: The insurance company is NOT your friend and NOT on your side, regardless of how friendly or helpful the adjuster appears to be. The insurance company’s job is to make money, and they do that well by using an experienced adjuster to pay as little as possible. The adjuster uses the insurance company’s playbook, which includes all the tricks of the trade such as giving you a false sense of security and incentives.
So, how do you counter? You use a professional – an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. An injury lawyer IS on your side. The attorney will do all the legwork to set up your claim, and get you the proper medical care as soon as possible. The attorney will monitor your care, and if need be, set up additional medical care, allowing you to do what you do best – get back to life!
The injury lawyer will use his or her extensive legal knowledge and experience to gather the right evidence, prepare a detailed settlement package for the insurance company, and negotiate to get the best results for your case. If the case does not settle, the attorney will file a lawsuit and serve the defendant.
The best reason to hire an injury attorney – he or she will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the lawyer only gets paid if there is a successful resolution regardless of when the case resolves.
The insurance company has a professional on its side from the beginning – shouldn’t you?