Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
Many people all around Missouri and Illinois who have recently been in auto accidents, slipped, fell, and hurt themselves, or any other kind of personal injury situation have asked themselves: do I really need to hire a personal injury lawyer? They may think that they can't afford to hire an attorney, or that if they do the cost of working with a lawyer will outweigh its benefits. You also might think that you're an intelligent person and that you can easily take on insurance companies. It could also be that you do not think your accident was all that severe, and that pursuing a personal injury claim is not very worthwhile.
The experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to answer all your questions regarding whether or not you need a personal injury lawyer. Our firm is ready to listen to your concerns and recommend the best way forward for your St. Louis personal injury situation. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation
How An Attorney Can Help Your Case
Our firm will be the first ones to admit that, in some situations, you can deal with insurance companies just fine without having to consult an attorney. Many smaller cases--fender-benders, car accidents where most damage was minor or cosmetic, or accidents where injuries were limited to bumps and bruises--are ones where a personal injury lawyer is usually not required.
However, if any of these circumstances applies to your case, an experienced personal injury attorney can be the difference between you getting the restitution you deserve and you potentially getting nothing at all:
- You suffered serious or disabling injuries as a result of your accident
- Insurance companies involved are denying, delaying, or low-balling your claim
- Multiple parties were involved in your accident
- Your vehicle sustained extensive damage or was totaled
- It is unclear who was at fault for your accident, and/or to what degree
A top personal injury lawyer does a lot more than just handle your case in front of a judge. They collect evidence, research the details of your case and other parties involved, and are experts in evaluating damage and establishing fault. A good attorney will also make your recovery their top priority, putting you in touch with medical providers and potentially even counselors who can get you on the road to both mental and physical recovery. They also understand that insurance companies do not like to pay people who have been in accidents the full amount of money they are entitled to.
When you hire a lawyer for your personal injury case, you will also be getting someone who will be there to assure you that you are not going through the legal process alone. A good personal injury attorney will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on getting your life back on track after an accident. Plus, of course, hiring a personal injury lawyer has been proven to increase the potential award you may receive from insurance companies and other parties. Studies have consistently shown that personal injury victims who hire an attorney not only get larger settlements, but receive higher initial settlement offers from insurance companies--meaning that you start from a position of strength that you wouldn't be in if you were negotiating on your own.
Contact A Top St. Louis Personal Injury Law Firm
Whether or not you decide that you need a personal injury lawyer for your Missouri or Illinois accident claim, the attorneys at Halvorsen Klote are ready to answer all your questions about the legal process and how it applies to your case. Call them today at 877-51-HKLAW.