It seems as though with the help of the Internet, anyone can do just about anything. With videos on how to do everything from changing your own tire to building your own house popping up online each and every day, it’s not surprising that we live in an age where we feel that we can accomplish anything on our own. And while that may be true, some things are still better left to the professionals. One such thing: bringing your own personal injury claim. Here are three reasons you shouldn’t ‘DIY’ a personal injury claim, but instead should seek out a licensed attorney.
1. You’re more likely to get less.
When you are first injured, you may not even realize just how serious your injury is – or will become. In fact, many injuries don’t present in full until weeks or even months later. Some injuries may even prove life-threatening down the road.
After an injury, you are likely just interested in collecting money and moving on with your life. Since insurance companies know that, they will often try to get you to sign a settlement agreement under which they will give you money in exchange for you no longer being able to ask for more in the future. Many people will sign on the dotted line without realizing that they are entitled to more than what they’re being offered.
Additionally, it has been found that hiring an attorney to represent you will result in a higher payout. According to the Insurance Research Council (IRC), that payout number is three and a half times more!
2. You don’t have a lot of experience dealing with insurance companies.
Many insurance policyholders incorrectly believe that because they pay for their policy that their insurance company will provide them with a fair settlement should they be injured in an accident. But sadly, this often isn’t the case. Insurance companies are businesses that are trying to maximize their profit. Therefore, the less they have to pay out, the more money they keep and the more they profit. Dealing with any insurance company requires a thorough understanding of how these companies work and a keen ability to negotiate with them. This is where a qualified personal injury attorney can come in handy.
3. You are under a deadline to get everything done – and do it right.
Sure, you may be able to do a better job on certain things if you are given enough time. Unfortunately, though, there are statutes of limitations for personal injuries. In other words, you must complete things by a specific deadline in order to still be allowed to bring your claim. While you are spending time trying to educate yourself on all of the applicable laws, time is still moving forward. Attempting to obtain all of the evidence that you need, can be a full-time job. So when you are already spending time trying to recover in addition to your normal schedule, it can be near impossible to get it all done. An experienced personal injury attorney knows exactly which steps to take and how to get everything done in a timely manner. Plus, insurance companies often tend to move quickly when an attorney is involved than when you are dealing with your case on your own.
Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
There are a variety of reasons as to why it’s not in your best interest to handle your personal injury claim by yourself. If anything, doing so can prove to be detrimental to the outcome of your case. But consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of your case – and on your life. At the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, our experienced California personal injury lawyers work strategically to help our clients obtain just compensation. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that our legal team is on your side. We will guide you through all aspects of your personal injury claim and make sure that your interests are protected. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us today!