Why hire a personal injury lawyer?
You may have seen the commercials for slip and fall attorneys or a motorcycle accident attorney and never given them much thought. You may have seen commercials for a car accident lawyer and still never thought to give that law firm a call when you, yourself, were in an accident. It’s easy to forget that help is an option, or to think you can handle it yourself. The problem is, too often handling it yourself can make you miss out on what you’re entitled to in the aftermath of your injury.
At Tolbert Beadle, we don’t want to trick you into hiring us; we know what a difference it makes to have a personal injury lawyer in your corner. We want to let you know the advantages of having help so you can make an educated decision. There are some very compelling reasons that you should seek legal representation and not try to handle it yourself.
Lots of Gray Area
If you were injured in a car accident, the insurance company you’re making a claim against will have lawyers on their side. Lawyers are professionals and they are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the law, and they use that knowledge to represent and fight for their client. If the insurance company or person that your claim is against has lawyers, going up against them without proper representation is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. In many cases, they will look for loopholes for their client to avoid taking responsibility for your injury, capitalizing on that gray area and the lack of knowledge that would keep you from confidently navigating it like a professional would. If you don’t know the law as well as they do, you won’t have a leg to stand on in court.
There are many other scenarios that complicate things. What if the person who hit you doesn’t have insurance? What if a dog at the park bites you and the owner doesn’t take responsibility? What if your initial injury causes illness or costs you in other ways? Most attorneys will launch an investigation with a team of specialists to examine your case and have all the information they need to win. Hiring a personal injury lawyer provides you with resources that would not be so easy to get ahold of on your own.
A 1999 study by the Insurance Research Council showed that the average person receives a settlement 3.5 times larger with legal assistance than without it. Most of the time, the amount that should be paid is not a black and white issue. Those insurance lawyers who will try to keep you from winning the claim will also try to minimize damages and payout. Not having proper representation will inhibit your ability to negotiate the highest amount that you’re entitled to and will likely result in getting a payment that is short of what you deserve or even need.
No Fees If You Lose
We work for a contingency fee, which means that you do not have to pay us unless we win your case!
We’ll Navigate Through the Red Tape For You
Between all of the paperwork, medical terminology and complicated legal procedures, it can be an overwhelming process for you. A personal injury lawyer is experienced and can do all of this so that you don’t have to be consumed by it.
Your case is very personal and pressing to you because you are the one who has endured the injury. You may be so ready to get paid and be done with it that you would be willing to accept less than what you deserve (or even need) to be done with the hassle of court and claims. We have the ability to be objective and know what you’re entitled to and we will advise you the way of what’s in your best interest.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will know whether your case would be best worked out using alternative dispute resolution methods, negotiating a settlement or going to trial. Having this perspective can save you a lot of time and energy.
As personal injury lawyers, we wear many hats. We’re auto accident lawyers. We’re slip and fall attorneys. We’re motorcycle accident lawyers. We’re pedestrian accident lawyers. We’re wrongful death attorneys. We’re whatever we need to be in order to be an advocate for you and help you get what you need in the wake of the injury or loss you’ve suffered.