If you were recently injured in a
car accident or some other type of accident, you may be wondering
why you should hire a personal injury expert. After all, you can file a claim on your own, so isn't it worth handling
the claims process to save on attorney fees?
If you look for a lawyer who recommends that accident victims should handle
their own claims, you would have a difficult time. Just as you wouldn't
hire a mechanic to file your taxes, you wouldn't want to handle your own
personal injury claim. One has to remember that personal injury attorneys handle personal
injury claims and negotiate with insurance companies on a daily basis
and they are pros at it.
Insurance companies are for-profit companies, meaning they will do everything
they can to devalue a claim in order to maintain the highest possible
profit margin. When an average person handles their claim, the insurance
company is fully aware that this person has no idea what they are doing,
and more importantly, they have no idea what their claim is worth. When
it's the little guy going head-to-head against a multi-billion dollar
insurance company, it's very easy for an insurer to pull the wool
over the victim's eyes so to speak.
When it comes to personal injury claims, approximately 95% of claims are
settled out of court. In most cases after each side has conducted their
in-depth investigation into the case, both sides will come at a similar
value for the case. Basically, through handling countless similar-type
claims, both attorneys have a fairly realistic idea of what the claim
is worth. If their numbers are off a little bit, they can usually reach
an agreement through negotiations.
But, since the average person lacks experience in handling personal injury
claims, they don't have the knowledge or tools to understand the full
scope of their losses. The victim's medical bills are piling up and
they have missed work. In desperation and in an effort to save a few dollars,
the victim settles quickly and for a settlement that is far below what
their case is truly worth. In such cases, the victim can walk away with
far less than what they would have received if they had decided to work
with an experienced Charleston personal injury attorney.
While working with a professional lawyer may take a little more time because
an attorney takes the time to investigate the facts of a case and when
necessary, engage accountants and other experts in order to accurately
estimate the value of a claim, it is well worth the extra time and attorney's
fees. Sometimes the difference in the settlement can be tens of thousands
of dollars, if not more, thus retaining a competent professional is worth
Why choose Preston & Salango, PLLC?
- We have over 40 years of collective experience.
We take cases on a no recovery, no fee basis.
- We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million
Dollar Advocates Forum®.
- We are included in the list of Best Lawyers®.
Included in the selection of
Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠.
- AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
U.S. News and World Reports as one of the Best Law Firms.
Injured in an accident? Contact a
Charleston personal injury lawyer from our office to find out how our services can be beneficial to your case!