Why you need a lawyer when you are injured
Welcome to my personal injury blog. I’ve been a lawyer for the past 21 years and have handled thousands of injury cases.
The main reason I specialize in personal injury is it is one area of the law where I can have a positive effect on a person’s life after suffering a loss. The other reason is that it is performance based so my client doesn’t have to pay unless we win. This is particularly satisfying because it is truly a win-win situation.
In my blog, I include information on specific cases and give you information on how the law protects injured people. I make sure these examples protect the privacy of my clients, so I don’t tell you their names, but their stories have useful information that gives you some insight into an area of the law that we occasionally hear some sensational stories about, like the person getting millions of dollars for being burned by hot coffee.
My cases are not sensational at all; they are stories of human interest because they give you a glimpse into the lives of real people with real problems that come up after they get hurt.
The first thing I want to discuss is why you need a lawyer when you are injured. You’ve seen the commercials that insurance companies have lawyers and you should too. The real reason you need a lawyer if you’ve been hurt is that a lawyer can almost always get you more money than you can on your own.
A lady came to me two years after her car crash and told me the insurance company made an offer to settle her case, take it or leave it She wanted to know if she should take it. I told her I’d have to look at her crash report and medical records before I could advise her. The crash report showed the accident was the other driver’s fault, not hers. Her medical records showed she was injured.
I negotiated a settlement for her that was 10 times as much as the insurance company offered her. After she paid me, she walked away with more than seven times what the insurance company offered her. This was a win-win situation for her and me.
Why did the insurance company pay more because I was involved? Because I showed them where the value was in her case. It wasn’t her fault and she was injured. Once the insurance company was boxed in, there was no way out, except for it to pay.