I have encountered many people who have suffered injuries from an auto accident or who have been injured at work, but they failed to seek the right legal advice. Some of these people haven’t gone to a lawyer because they did not know they had the right to compensation, didn’t realize they only had a limited time to do something, were intimidated by the thought of filing a claim or had bad experiences with other lawyers in the past.
Don’t let this happen to you. There are many things a lawyer can help you with, in these type of situations. Here are four tips you need to know so you don’t wreck your case.
1. The insurance company is in the business to make money and most are not going to do you any favors when it comes to settling your case.
Several years ago, the insurance industry conducted a study. The study was done by The Insurance Research Council and it showed that, on average, people who use an attorney receive 3 ½ times more money in their settlement than those who do not use an attorney.
2. If you have ever been in a car accident you know, the insurance company is always calling you, wanting you to get information for them or they keep trying to talk you into taking some small amount of money to settle your case.
YOU DON’T NEED THE ADDED STRESS AND AGGRAVATION. Let your lawyer get all this information for you and deal with the insurance company. You should be spending your time doing more important things ------- LIKE GOING TO DOCTOR AND THERAPY APPOINTMENTS AND GETTING BETTER!
3. It is important that all the crucial evidence and witness testimony be saved in your case.
EVIDENCE CAN BE LOST AND WITNESSES WHO DON’T SEEM IMPORTANT TO YOU NOW, BUT IN FACT ARE VERY IMPORTANT, MAY MOVE AWAY AND THEIR TESTIMONY CAN BE LOST. When you’re injured your main concern is getting better. Most of the time you don’t think about the evidence or the witnesses you need to win your case, but not having either of these pieces to the puzzle may cause you to lose your case. SO WHILE YOU’RE RECOVERING FROM YOUR INJURIES LET YOUR LAWYER INVESTIGATE YOUR CASE. HE OR SHE SHOULD KNOW WHAT EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY NEED TO BE SAVED TO HELP YOU WIN YOUR CASE.
4. If you don’t have any health insurance it may be hard to pay your medical bills. When you can’t pay your bills, sometimes the health care providers, or worse, the collection agencies, will write and call about payment of your bills.
YOU’RE IN BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE! YOU NEED THE TREATMENT TO GET BETTER, BUT CAN’T PAY FOR IT. SOMETIMES YOUR LAWYER CAN WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND THE DOCTOR SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO GET YOUR TREATMENT AND RECOVER FROM YOUR INJURIES.
You should at least contact a lawyer after you are injured. Contacting an attorney may help avoid damaging, what otherwise might be a solid case, and help you get the full compensation you deserve. If you have any questions, please call me at 304-345-3400. I’ll be happy to take a few minutes, at no cost to you, to answer your questions.
About Jeffrey T. Jones:
Jeffrey T. Jones is an attorney in Charleston, West Virginia. He is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of West Virginia and in the State of North Carolina.
He is past President of the West Virginia Association for Justice and has been honored as Member of the Year. He has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia. He has appeared in USA TODAY as an Emerging Business Leader To Watch.
He represents persons injured or killed in accidents and has written the West Virginia Automobile Accident Injury Guide and a Special Report dealing with car accidents, personal injury and insurance companies.
To learn more about Jeff or to order his book, or Special Reports, go to http://www.jeffreytjones.com/