If you have been in an accident, you may be wondering what to do and whether you should attempt to handle your claim on your own. If you had significant injuries and damages, you do not want to go it alone. You need someone who can represent your interests and help you through this emotional and stressful time. If you are undecided on whether or not to hire an Illinois car accident attorney, here are four reasons why you should.
Most accident victims do not have specialized legal knowledge on how to handle their own car accident claim. Unless you are a licensed Illinois attorney, attempting to handle your own car accident claim can have disastrous results. Let someone who knows how the laws of negligence work and can ensure that the statute of limitations is protected help you through the process.
All types of claims have a certain amount of time during which the state will allow you to bring a claim. Failure to file a lawsuit before that deadline means your claim can be barred. Even if you are in negotiations with the other party’s insurance company, they are not under a legal obligation to continue settlement negotiations once the deadline has passed and you did not preserve the statute of limitations.
Dealing with the other party’s insurance company is not a fun experience. No matter how nice they appear on the phone, remember, they are not your friends. Their primary objective is to keep from having to pay out on behalf of their insured. This means they might trick you into admitting liability in a recorded statement or try to convince you that your claim is worth less than it really is.
Experienced Illinois car accident attorneys know all the tactics and tricks insurance adjusters will use to shift liability back to you or claim your treatment was excessive and unnecessary. Sometimes they may even deny your claim outright, and a good attorney knows how to pursue a claim anyway.
Negotiating your claim can be intimidating, especially when you are dealing with someone who does this for a living. If you retain an attorney, he or she will aggressively defend your right to recover damages from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Attorneys are trained negotiators and do it for a living. Would you not rather have someone who knows how to fight in your corner than go it alone?
While many cases do settle after multiple rounds of negotiations, there are instances in which a claim is unfairly denied, or you cannot reach a settlement agreement. In these situations, you will need to hire an attorney anyway, so why not have one from the start? It is much easier for an attorney to prepare a strong case if he or she is involved from the beginning rather than entering the picture a year later.
If you have been injured in an Illinois auto accident, contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, LTD, today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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