There's a widely held belief in the legal and medical professions that if you take care of yourself you have a fool for a client. The sad reality is that when most people attempt to settle their own injury claim the same result often appears.
Settling your own personal injury case may cost you thousands of dollars - There are several reasons people want to settle their own case... most of them revolve around saving money on legal fees. This sounds like a great reason until it undergoes tough questioning and the reasons almost always fall apart. While you may settle your case and get some money the reality is that without the appropriate background you are unlikely to know how much to settle for. Did you know that some insurance companies have the goal of settling your case within 72 hours before you know the long term extent of your injuries? About 12 years ago the senior partner here at GB Legal was injured in an accident and he retained an outside attorney.
Personal injury cases are anything but straightforward - What are the extent of your injuries? How do you feel today and how are you likely to feel in 10 years? What can you expect your health insurance to cover when they know your injuries are accident related? What should your insurance company pay for? Will you be required to reimburse your insurance company for their costs? If you aren't successful in settling the case on your own have you given the defense too much information? Think long and hard about these questions and answer them!
How well do you understand the legal process? - There are attorneys that spend their entire career trying to understand the legal process and never really get there. There are others that dabble in personal injury, family law, estate planning and bankruptcy. They are technicians while you need someone with mastery. This is your health, both short term and long term and your potential to earn money you are talking about. You only get one chance to do it right. If this is done wrong you will live with the result for the rest of your life. This is why the legal process and the level of legal experience make such a difference. You likely have an actual mechanic work on your car and you pay them to keep your car working like it's designed. Your injury claim deserves the same level of professionalism or more. After all, your family depends on you!
As a witness you are typically emotional when intellect is called for - While you may feel a certain way the insurance company will only look at verifiable truth. If you can prove it you may get compensated for it. The word to pay attention to is "may." Insurance claims come down to what you can prove in terms that you can support. The insurance company has a team of lawyers whose job it is to minimize and deny your claim... that's where your attorney's expertise comes into play. This is all we do and they know it.
If you decide to settle your case on your own - after reading all of this should you decide to try this on your own please keep our number and a bottle of painkillers nearby. Insurance companies have cute spokespersons and funny little reptiles with accents and these go away the moment you file a claim for injuries. That's when the people in suits show up and you see what kind of reptiles you are actually dealing with!
We help with serious issues that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth. We have over 70 years of experience on our legal team and we also have a former insurance company defense attorney in our plaintiff's only law firm. Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com We Can Help!