Why do I need to hire a lawyer after my car accident?

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When you or your loved one suffer an injury as the result of somebody else’s action, perhaps it seems natural that the person would offer to compensate you for your injury, or that their insurance company will do the right thing and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that rarely happens. Many people will not take responsibility for their actions, and insurance companies profit from undercompensating injury victims. Insurance companies and their lawyers also know the governing law backwards and forwards, and they know that most non-lawyers have no idea what legal rights and remedies they possess.

An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build your case, how to negotiate your case with an insurance company, and, if necessary, how to take your case to trial. While it is possible to negotiate your claim with an insurance company yourself, insurance companies will typically do everything they can to take advantage of you and to effect the lowest possible settlement, while attempting to elicit statements from you that will damage your position if you ultimately decide to sue.

A lawyer is in a good position to help you obtain a favorable settlement that, even with the attorney fee deducted, significantly exceeds what you can obtain on your own.

One of the best ways to find a personal injury lawyer is to consult an attorney you trust. If you do not know any attorneys, ask your friends for names of attorneys they trust. It is not important that they give you the name of a lawyer who can handle your case – what is important is that the attorney is likely to comprehend the issues of your case, and is well-positioned to know which attorneys in your community have the skills to handle your case. Even if the attorney cannot personally take your case, he will often be able to refer you to a lawyer who can.

Please note that, when it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer, many of the best personal injury attorneys do little or no advertising. They get their cases through “referrals” from other attorneys, due to their reputations for doing good work and getting good results.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a big step, and there is nothing wrong with consulting several lawyers to find one who makes you comfortable. Here at Marianne Howanitz, PA, we want you to do what you really need to do…relax, recover and let us take care of the rest.

Stay safe and informed out there friends!

YOUR Accident and Injury Attorney,

Marianne Howanitz

4 thoughts on “Why do I need to hire a lawyer after my car accident?

  1. Asking for references is always something I like doing before hiring anybody or any company. That way I can find someone my friends or family trust. It has usually been the best route to take. I think it is a good idea to do the same for a lawyer as well. Especially since, in instances like these, they are more important.

  2. I’m glad you mentioned that most car accident lawyers do their business through referrals and recommendations. I guess that means that one of the best ways to find a good lawyer is through referrals from people that you know and trust. My wife got in a car accident, this morning, so we are starting this process of finding a good attorney. I guess we’ll have to start by asking those we know for recommendations.

  3. Thanks for pointing out that a lawyer is in a good position to help you obtain a favorable settlement that would exceed what you can obtain on your own. I can definitely see how someone who knows their way around the court and justice system would be well qualified to help you navigate it. I also appreciated your thought about consulting several before choosing one.

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