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Thinking of hiring an accident attorney? Here are 5 things you need to know

  1. Never threaten to call your lawyer when negotiating with your insurance company.
    So you are involved in a car wreck and the insurance company refuses to give a fair settlement for your damages (i.e. the cost of a new car, medical bills, lost work, etc.). Well if your like most people, you might threaten to "call your attorney" in the hopes that this might pressure them into paying you what you deserve. What you may not know, however, is that insurance companies are required by law to immediately hand your case over to their attorneys for any further negotiation. Their attorneys are also required to only speak to your legal representation.This means that you will have to hire a lawyer whether you wanted to or not.

  2. Be prepared to to give 33 - 45% of your settlement to your attorney as compensation.
    If you don't have the money needed to hire a lawyer after an accident, it's common practice for an attorney to take your case under the condition that he / she get a percentage of the profits once a settlement has been reached. What comes a surprise to most people, however, is how large of a percentage is required. While the actual fee varies from lawyer to lawyer, it's not uncommon for lawyers to request 33 - 45%.

    Remember, in instances where you don't pay an attorney up front for their efforts, they are really taking a risk by investing time and money in your case not knowing whether a favorable settlement will be reached. Therefore, it's only fair that they get their share of the settlement. Just make sure that you are comfortable with this percentage before you sign on the dotted line.

  3. Insurance companies are not threatened by lawyers.
    Yup, you heard right. Insurance companies are very seldom intimidated by customers who hire their own legal counsel. Why you ask? That's because they have a whole team of lawyers working for them whose sole goal is to to protect the interests of the insurance company. This is all the more reason why you have to be careful when picking your legal representation. You have to make sure that you have the same talent working on your side.

  4. Receiving your settlement might take a lot longer than you think.
    While the amount to time needed to reach a settlement varies from case to case, it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how stubborn the insurance company may be.

  5. Few cases involve payment for "pain and suffering".
    Most people don't realize it but, receiving compensation for "emotional distress" or "pain and suffering" as the result of an automobile accident is very rare. Even if you sustained injuries, most settlements will be geared towards covering your medical bills and replacing your vehicle. Compensation for pain and suffering is generally reserved for instances where you or a family member suffers serious and often permanent bodily injury such as the lose of a limb or disability.
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