Why should I hire a personal injury attorney? When you have been seriously or permanently injured in an accident due to negligence, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ – and the sooner the better to protect your rights and to preserve evidence.
If you have been injured in an accident such as a car crash, bicycle or motorcycle accident, a slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney promptly to ensure that you are financially protected.
Typically an attorney will listen to the facts of your case and be able to tell you if you would benefit from legal representation. Not every situation requires the help of a personal injury attorney, but when injuries are consequential and negligence is involved it may be worth the contingency fee to maximize your overall compensation to make you whole again.
Unfortunately, many victims and their families that put faith in their insurance company to take care of their medical expenses, lost wages, damages and to provide some measure of compensation for their pain and suffering, only to discover that their own insurance company is not really on their side – not to mention the at fault party’s insurer.
As victims and families are reeling from the aftermath of an accident, they may be met with unanswered calls and emails, more requests for information, claim holds to investigate why a procedure was performed or if a second opinion was really warranted – every delay under the sun in an effort to reduce the amount of compensation they will have to pay for your injuries.
It’s not fair, but it happens all the time and is usually the tipping point where families decide to hire an attorney to be able to push back. Consider seeking the help of a personal injury attorney:
~ When you or a family member is seriously injured in an accident
~ For any injury related pain that last longer than a few days that required/requires hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, rehab, chiropractic manipulation, cosmetic surgery or orthopedics.
~ If the injury or a family members death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Even when an insurer tries to dispute liability.
~ If you have been contacted by an insurance company claims adjuster and before signing any release. You have likely been contacted because you have a valid claim. Any statements or information you give an insurance company access to may be used to reduce your claim. If you are contacted by a claim adjuster, simply tell them you are contacting an attorney for assistance.
~ If the insurance company is offering to pay an unreasonably low amount. Delays, refusal to pay and low settlement offers are the tricks of the trade. Personal injury attorneys see right through it and are able to hold insurance companies accountable to the law to recover rightful damages.
~ The settlement process is foreign to you. Receiving a fair amount in a settlement requires knowledge and negotiation skills that an experienced attorney can help you with.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Des Moines personal injury law offices of Marc A. Humphrey for immediate assistance. Attorney Humphrey offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case so that you can decide if legal representation is in your best interests. Contact us online or call 515-331-3510.