You may have seen advertisements for personal injury attorneys on television or in print, but have you wondered what an attorney can actually do for you if you are injured in an accident? After all, if you have insurance and the other party has insurance, are the services of an attorney necessary? Here are some ways in which a personal injury attorney can help:
Proving who was responsible for an accident can be difficult. Even in a situation in which liability seems clear, such as in a rear-end collision, factors such as weather, equipment failure, and driver impairment can make it difficult to prove responsibility. To ensure the best chance of recovery for your injuries, you will need to gather evidence as soon as possible after an accident. Physical evidence like skid marks will disappear and witnesses’ memories will fade, so you need someone collecting evidence on your behalf. A good personal injury attorney will have access to investigators who will be able to gather and preserve the evidence you may need later on.
Dealing with insurance companies
Your insurance adjustors and those of any other parties involved in the accident will be anxious to settle claims as soon as possible to save themselves money. A quick settlement may be tempting if you are out of work and in need of money, but that may not be in your best interests. Once you accept a settlement, you give up any right to further compensation.
Even if you have additional problems resulting from the accident, you will not be able to receive anything more. You should not accept a settlement until you are certain that you are completely recovered or that the extent of any permanent injuries is known. A personal injury attorney can work with insurance companies to get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses while your claim is pending, so you do not have to feel pressured to accept a premature settlement.
Maximizing your compensation
An experienced personal injury lawyer deals with accidents like yours every day. Attorneys know exactly what your case is worth and how to work with insurance companies to make sure that you receive the best possible outcome. Knowing that an injured person is represented by an attorney who is willing and able to take your case to court if necessary, can prompt an insurance adjustor to offer a fair settlement.
Peace of mind
Entrusting your case with an experienced attorney will allow you to concentrate on healing. Let the O’Brien Firm handle the details of interviewing witnesses, talking to insurance companies, and preparing your case for court if necessary, so you can take care of yourself and your family. Call us at 716-907-7777 for a free consultation or visit our website at http://www.theobrienfirm.com/ for more information.