Is It Worth It To Hire An Attorney After An Accident?
A common question that I think members of the public have is whether it's worth it to hire an attorney after an accident. And everybody is looking out for their financial interests when making that determination, and rightfully so. We don't want our clients to be in a worse-off position for having hired us, we want our clients to benefit from an attorney. I think there's a number of ways that clients benefit from an attorney. One of those ways is the higher settlement, or if the case goes to trial, certainly, you don't want to be handling that on your own. So one is just getting a higher number overall. Number two, is having somebody by your side that knows how to navigate the process. It's hard for a person that doesn't deal with these types of cases on a daily basis to know if they're getting fair value. There's a lot of other nuances too. For example, who pays the medical bills? Does my health insurance pay the medical bills? Does my health insurance have to get paid back? Certain types of health plans do have to be paid back, but it depends on the type of health plan, the language in the health insurance policy, and a variety of factors. Part of it is about getting our clients more money but part of it is also navigating that process to make sure that in addition to the overall number being higher, that the number in their pocket is higher. Clients may think that they have to pay their health insurance back if they don't. Well if they're trying to save money by not hiring an attorney, and they pay their insurance company 10, 20, 30 thousand dollars that they were not owed, then that client is going to be worse off. Hiring an attorney makes sure that the client is in the best possible position to get an overall result that is good. The other thing that I think is very important is a lot of people don't want to deal with a personal injury case on their own. They don't want to deal with the headaches of it. They've had a car accident, they don't want to worry about getting the medical treatment and making sure that the bills are being paid the right way. They want to go to the doctor and get better, and we're able to help our clients through that entire process so they can just focus on getting better.