We extend our sympathies. Any kind of incident in which someone else has caused you or yours harm (a slip and fall, a car accident, etc.) is very frustrating for so many reasons. We hope you (or your loved one) are feeling better and on the mend.
One of the frustrations is the thought of an involved legal procedure to get the compensation you deserve.
The good news is that statistics show that hiring a Personal Injury attorney can make this process a lot easier…and help to create a fairer outcome.
It appears that 91 percent of those with a Personal Injury attorney received a payout. Only 51 percent of those who went it alone received monetary compensation.
Data shows that those who were represented by an attorney received an average settlement of $77,600. Compare that with an average of $17,600 for people who D-I-Y'd.
Even though there is an average 32% deduction due to the fees charged by Personal Injury attorneys, this still leaves the client who used legal advice with over three times more than the client who chose to go it alone.
The numbers show that only 17 percent of people who did it themselves were satisfied with the outcome of their Personal Injury case compared to 37 percent of those who used legal representation.
In fairness, we should look at dissatisfaction also. While 55 percent of D-I-Y'ers were dissatisfied, only 36 percent of those who used an attorney felt that way. (Neutral feelings were the same at 28 and 27 percent respectively.)
Personal Injury cases are usually complex. Since they involve potentially large payouts, those at fault often do their best to either show they are not at fault or at least reduce the amount of compensation.
Personal Injury attorneys can build strong cases that leave no doubt as to who is liable and who needs to get compensated. This includes compiling all needed evidence and expert witnesses, negotiating compensation deals with insurance companies, and talking to attorneys from the other side
Uh, no, sorry. Actually, it takes almost twice as long with representation – an average of 15.7 months with an attorney as opposed to 7 months on your own.
There are several reasons for this difference. First, the process could be longer. Your attorney will probably begin with a claim against the insurance company. If this does not prove satisfactory, your attorney will go to trial during which they will be presenting a lot of evidence and witnesses on your behalf. Second, people handling things on their own often grab the first compensation offer. An experienced Personal Injury attorney will know whether the offer is fair. If it is not, they will reject the initial offer and ask for fair compensation.
Reputable law firms will offer some type of free case review. During this consultation, an advisor will review your situation and give you their best advice on how to proceed.
For example, should you start with a Personal Injury claim or go directly to a Personal Injury lawsuit? Usually, you begin with a claim via the insurance company. If this is not satisfactory, you proceed to a lawsuit. Your consultation can advise where to begin and how to go about getting started.
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