Personal injury lawyers are used to the idea that few people believe they will ever use our services until they are in a situation where we are their only hope of getting financial or legal restitution. Literally every day there are people who find themselves in need of the services of personal injury lawyers. The circumstances are often beyond your control, a patch of un-shoveled ice on the steps of a business, a car driving erratically, a vicious dog running free in a neighborhood. The trauma of being in a situation where you are hurt is often only the beginning of the ordeal for many people. After being bitten by a dog, getting banged up in a car accident, or breaking a bone by falling, the long process of healing and paying for that healing begins. When you are not represented by personal injury lawyers, very often you are going to bear the burden of paying for all of the medical expenses, the time off work, and other expenses that may come about thanks to the incident. This is intrinsically unfair, especially if you had nothing to do with the circumstances that caused your pain. Personal injury lawyers represent your best interests in the courts. Our job is to work hard on getting you restitution, and holding the liable party responsible for the pain, suffering, and financial hardship that they have caused you.
Protecting your best interests does not begin or end in the courtroom. While winning in court, or reaching an amicable solution that is in your best interest outside the court, is certainly what we are most known for, there are a plethora of other services that we offer to make sure your interests are protected. Many people have an idea of what do in the courtroom; here are some of the things we do outside or around the courtroom to help with your situation.
One of the most critical functions that personal injury lawyers perform is to negotiate with insurance companies. Here is what we do know. Insurance companies are more than willing to take advantage of the layman, who has no idea how to negotiate their way around the legal justice system. However, we also know that insurance companies are very cautious about tangling with seasoned personal injury lawyers representing a good case. As such, it is commonly known that when a personal injury lawyer is involved, settlement offers are much more quickly forthcoming. Additionally, the offers made by the insurance companies when a lawyer is involved tend to be anywhere from 30% to 70% higher.
Social media is a great way to share information with friends and family. It has also become a great tool for insurance companies and attorneys to catch people saying things that can influence their case negatively. This makes it imperative that we have a meeting with you early on to make sure you scrub any comments that may influence your case, and to advise you on what is good communication that can help instead of hurting your case.