Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Actually help you in a Car Accident Case?
The answer is YES!
Most of the time, car accidents involving serious or even long-term injuries require an attorney to get the most desirable outcome.
A car or automobile accident ends up questioning a number of concerns. Who may be to blame? Who pays for damage to my car? Am I eligible to lease a car? Who will pay for my health-related monthly bills? Should I request the insurance company to reimburse me for lost wages? A highly skilled Chicago injury attorney can be quite useful when you are discussing the often chaotic and complicated realm of insurance promises and settlements. Because most personal injury attorneys work towards a contingent-payment schedule, and simply get compensated when there is a successful resolution in your assert, there is frequently little motivator to try and handle these types of issues all on your own. By not understanding the laws, you could be putting yourself at risk.
Attorneys Know the Law
Working with a personal injury lawyer to fully handle your case after a motor vehicle accident means you will have a professional on your side — one who is incredibly well-informed about the appropriate laws and procedural rules that could affect your case.
A lawyer can advise you if there are any time limits (called statutes of limitations) that may operate to bar you against filing legal action against the at-fault driver. For example, in most states you must file your lawsuit within two years of your date of the motor vehicle accident or be forever prohibited from filing your lawsuit. An attorney can also be a resource for information about any special exceptions about the statute of limitations — for minors, for instance.
Your attorney can file legal action for you and will know how best to handle any possible defenses raised by the defendant. In addition, once your lawsuit gets under way, an attorney will be an invaluable guide in navigating the often confusing world of trial preparation — & even preparing for trial in case your case doesn’t settle.
More importantly, having an attorney who is knowledgeable about legal issues evens the game, especially when you are going up against the experience and vast resources of a giant insurance company.
Attorneys Do the Legwork For You
There is a lot of work that goes into negotiating an insurance settlement and trying a personal injury lawsuit. Once you have been through an automobile accident, dealing with this time-consuming work may be the last thing you want to do, assuming you are able. An attorney will do it all for you.
Whereas this may be your first time dealing with the ins and outs of the accident claim, personal injury attorneys have handled various claims as well as a variety of insurance companies. They’ve got experience acquiring the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gathering police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment and lost wage information.
Your attorney may also be able to set up the evidence and prepare a settlement demand letter for the insurance company. If you are unable to settle your accident case, your attorney can take care of filing the necessary paperwork to start a court case and can deal with the attorneys for the other side on your behalf. Having someone knowledgeable handling the hard work of your case eases the burden on you, which can be crucial if you’ve been seriously injured and are trying to recover from your injuries.
Attorneys Advocate for You
Perhaps the most important way a legal professional can assist you with your car accident case is by being your advocate. This means that your attorney acts as a representative & for your benefit throughout the entire claims process (negotiating with the car insurance company) and even in court if your lawsuit becomes necessary. She or he is usually the champion before the judge, jury and other attorneys, ensuring that your side of the story is heard and you are compensated for all of your losses.
Retaining an experienced and articulate advocate working for you is crucial in receiving a reasonable and fair resolution in your of your Chicago motor vehicle accident case.
Contact an Accident Attorney
Whether you were injured in an auto accident, hit by an uninsured motorist, harmed in a mass transit accident, or injured on the job, we will fight to help you obtain fair compensation for the full extent of your losses.
To arrange a free consultation about your case, please contact The Horwitz Law Group by e-mail or call 312-641-9200.