- May 11, 2017
- Personal Injury Law
In the aftermath of an accident, it can be difficult to know how best to proceed . You may be recovering from serious injuries, but you’re also likely facing potentially large financial obligations like medical bills, car repair costs, and lost wages. Due to the overwhelm and mounting financial burdens, many people think that they will be unable to afford to hire a personal injury lawyer.
What Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney to Help with your Injury Claim?
When people consider hiring a personal injury attorney, they often believe that they can’t afford an attorney, due to the common stereotype that attorneys charge expensive hourly rates. In some practice areas this is true, but almost all personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and handle cases on a contingency basis. This means, for example, that your car accident lawyer will not be paid anything unless your case reaches a settlement or positive outcome/judgment. To put it bluntly, they only get paid if you do. Most North Carolina injury lawyers charge a contingency fee that will be roughly 1/3 of the final settlement or judgment. Consulting with a personal injury attorney is not only extremely affordable, but also is likely to be in your best interest.
What are the Benefits of Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney?
In addition to being affordable/free in the early stages, the services an injury lawyer provides can be of great value to personal injury victims. Only a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer has the resources and know-how to deal effectively with insurance adjusters and other attorneys. Hiring a personal injury attorney helps you level the playing field that is otherwise stacked heavily in favor of large insurance companies, who are known to take advantage of personal injury victims. Not only will a skilled attorney help you understand and navigate the highly confusing process of personal injuries and insurance claims, but they will also fight on your behalf when the time comes to negotiate for the fair compensation for which you are owed. Having an attorney take the reigns so you can focus on your recovery is of immeasurable value.
What are the Risks of Handling a Personal Injury Claim By Yourself?
It is possible to handle a personal injury claim by yourself, but it can also potentially mean settling for far less money then you would have been able to obtain with a personal injury attorney. This is especially true when a claim has complicated factors and is not straightforward. Even a person skilled at negotiation may not be able to navigate the process to a successful outcome, if they do not have intimate experience with the claim process and legal or insurance landscape. As a result there is a much higher chance of receiving a lower settlement or no settlement at all when handling a claim individually. Handling a claim without the guidance of a skilled attorney can often result in you receiving a much lower settlement amount or no settlement at all.
Contact Asheville Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in an accident, we strongly suggest talking to a lawyer you can trust, who can review your case and advise you about the best course of action. We offer free consultations and would be happy to see how we can help you resolve your claim with the best possible outcome. Call or email today.
For more information, read our blog post entitled: What can I expect from my first meeting with a personal injury laywer?