Getting involved in an accident where you are injured can be a painful, confusing, and stressful experience.
Within hours or days of your accident, insurance companies will be calling you for statements before you’ve even started the recovery process.
Unfortunately, very few people have your best interests at heart after an accident, which is why it is so important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.
One of the most common questions we hear is “Do I need a lawyer,” and at Kapuza Lighty, we understand the critical importance an experienced personal injury lawyer can make in your claims and pride ourselves on providing exceptional representation for all our clients in the Yakima area. Call or contact the office today to learn more about your legal options after an accident.
Insurers Will Try to Minimize Your Claims
Insurance companies, even your own, are not there to help after you have been injured in an accident. As soon as they are informed of the accident, the insurance companies will immediately put their own adjusters, investigators, and lawyers on the case. They are working to try and minimize your claims or eliminate them altogether. Adjusters will be calling you for a statement about the accident, hoping that you will make a statement against your own best interest about who is at fault for the accident and your injuries.
Even your own insurance company does not always have your concerns and needs as their main priority. It, too, can be looking for ways to minimize the value of your claims. You need someone on your side to serve as a shield between you and the insurance companies while you focus on what is most important – your recovery.
An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to handle the insurance companies after an accident and will shoulder the burden of managing your legal claims so that you do not have to. Once you hire a personal injury attorney, the insurers are required by law to only communicate with your lawyer about your case.
All communication and negotiation about your claims, questions about the accident, settlement offers, and any other issues with the insurance companies are fielded and answered by your lawyer. If the insurance company wants a statement about the accident, they must request it through your lawyer, and it will be answered through and with your attorney present. And if you hire a local legal professional, your lawyer will have established relationships with the insurers in the area and know how best to negotiate your claims to ensure success for your case.
Personal injury attorneys with experience handling your type of accident understand the true value of your claim and will ensure that you do not accept a settlement that is worth less than the full and fair value of your claims.
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Insurance companies always make a first offer than is worth far less than the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and a personal injury attorney knows how to negotiate with the insurers to get a settlement that reflects the true scope of your injuries.
All too often, accident victims will take the first offer because they think it is the best possible settlement for their case, but a lawyer can protect you from these types of schemes pulled by the insurers to minimize their payouts and make your claim go away as quickly as possible.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Helps with Your Case
From the moment you hire a personal injury attorney to handle your claims, they begin building the best possible arguments for your case. A lawyer will open their own investigation into the accident by going over all the evidence, including photos and videos of the scene, witness statements, and police reports.
Your lawyer’s investigators will re-interview witnesses and recreate the accident to ensure that every angle of your case is covered. Your lawyer will also handle the organization of your medical records, bills, and other expenses associated with the accident so that all costs are included in the calculation of your claims.
They will communicate with your healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors to obtain any missing documentation and collect the medical evidence you need to prove your case and your damages.
In addition, your lawyer can negotiate with lien holders if if you have received benefits from a health, disability, or workers’ compensation insurer if they have any claims on your compensation award. Having a lien placed on your claim means that the lien holder gets paid out of your award before you receive the rest. An attorney can work with any lien holders on your claims to reduce what they are owed to maximize your payout on your settlement for the accident.
Finally, hiring an attorney can be critically important to the success of your case if the insurance companies refuse to settle or offer you the level of compensation that you deserve for your claims. When negotiations fail in your accident case, your attorney can take your claims to trial and fight for the damages you are owed for your injuries.
This is a lengthy and complicated process, beginning with the filing of the lawsuit in court. Your lawyer will then prepare and file pretrial motions on the case, all while continuing to try and negotiate for a full and fair settlement of your claims.
At trial, your personal injury lawyer will present the best possible arguments against liability for the accident and for the full value of damages you are owed as an injury victim. After the case, the attorney will handle the collection and payout of the compensation so that you can continue to focus on your health and recovery.
Talk to Our Office Today
The importance of hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case cannot be overstated, and the success of your personal injury claims can hang on whether you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you in your case. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys, call the office or contact us today at Kapuza Lighty in Yakima today to learn more about your legal options after being injured in an accident.