After being in an accident or suffering a serious injury, some people turn to their insurance companies for guidance. Their immediate need is to look at what is covered and how their benefits will apply to their situation. However, this is a common mistake accident victims make. The first thing they should do is turn to an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
Some people are hesitant to do this. Getting an attorney sounds expensive and time-consuming. Why not just get this over with quickly with an insurance claim? There are many reasons why you should not go that route. Instead, review the many reasons why you should get a personal injury lawyer.
Why You Should Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
There are several benefits and reasons for getting legal representation after an accident in Virginia. However, here are just some of the main points and benefits:
- Insurance companies and their bottom line: While you want to believe the insurance company is looking out for your best interest, that is not always going to be the case. Their best interest is their business' bottom line. If you truly want to be taken care of, the attorney who represents you will have a fiduciary duty (legal obligation) to act in your best interest.
- Extent and value of your injury: An experienced attorney who has handled many injury cases over the years can help you understand the true value of your injury and what would be reasonable compensation. You could very well be getting the raw end of the deal if you quickly agree to a lump-sum settlement. You could be pressured into settlement before knowing the true extent of your injuries. You could be asked to sign a release of all claims after being provided a nominal amount of money, only to have to endure a lifelong injury and future medical expenses you do not know how to properly valuate. Having a knowledgeable lawyer look over your situation and help you determine the next best step is almost always to your advantage.
- Contingency fees: Many personal injury law firms (including Timothy J. Quick, P.C.) represent personal injury clients on a contingency (percentage) fee basis. This means that clients who are concerned about paying legal fees should not be so concerned. A contingency fee is a fee the lawyer does not earn unless he obtains a recovery for the client. It is therefore in our mutual best interest to obtain a maximum recovery for you.
- Guidance and knowledge: This is a difficult and confusing time for an injured victim and his or her family. It can be scary not knowing what steps to take next and whether they are right for his or her situation. These worries can often be dispelled with the constant care and legal guidance of a knowledgeable and skilled legal professional.
As you can see, there are many benefits to seeking the help of a personal injury attorney. Do not wait to get help today and to get the guidance you deserve.
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