Even if I’ve already initiated an accident claim?
As long-time readers know, I’ve covered the topic of how to file claims in various types of cases on the blog before. One of the first steps I recommend in virtually every case is to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney in PA.
Most of the time if you deal with the insurance company on your own, they will do their level best to convince you to sign a Release for what seems like a lot of money. In reality, this Release may represent only a fraction of what your case is worth, or what an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can get on your behalf. Too often a personal injury victim realizes this too late, after settling for pennies on the dollar. When they call me at this point there is nothing I can do for them, because they have already signed-away all rights to fair compensation.
But even if you have already filed a claim (and not settled on your own before consulting a personal injury lawyer), you should still reach out to a qualified attorney as soon as you can. Injury attorneys in PA are trained to step in and provide valuable advice and other benefits, regardless of where you are in the claims process.
Unfortunately this is not always the first step the plaintiff (victim) takes. They may think they have no injuries, or that their injuries are too minor to justify calling a lawyer, or that they just cannot afford one. They may be convinced that they can handle the claim themselves, without legal representation. Remember, we do not cost you anything out-of-pocket. A personal injury claimant does not have to pay the lawyer anything; the fee comes right out of what I can get you from the insurance company. This is called a “contingency fee,” and is the norm in personal injury cases in Pennsylvania.
Hiring a skilled personal injury attorney in PA gives immediate advantages
There are a lot of good reasons to hire a lawyer immediately if you are in an accident, rather than filing a claim yourself. They include
- More forceful and effective negotiation
- A stronger presence during mediation
- Tenacious legal representation in court
- Insurance companies taking negotiations more seriously
The benefits of hiring a PI lawyer when a claim is already underway
You will no longer have to deal with the insurance adjusters.
Once hired, I will take over all communications with the insurance companies. This will save time, reduce your stress, and help ensure that you do not divulge too much information, or information that could harm your personal injury claim. My job is to step in and figure out what the insurance company needs to know, and how to help them interpret the information they already have in a way that is most favorable to you.
Your lawyer should help lower your stress level about the situation overall.
Accidents are stressful. There are dozens of unknowns, and it often seems as if you are facing the entire legal system by yourself. Even your own insurance company is actually watching out for their best interests – not yours. Just knowing that there is someone experienced, and whose only job is looking out for you can be a tremendous load off your mind.
Your lawyer is looking out for your best interests.
Personal injury attorneys in PA are responsible for advocating for your interests, no matter when they come on board. If you’ve avoided calling because you are apprehensive about the cost of representation, set your mind at ease. There is no charge to you for any of my services until I negotiate a favorable settlement or win a court case, so it is in my interest to protect your interests.
For more information about hiring a personal injury attorney in PA, call Philadelphia injury lawyer Jeffrey Harlan Penneys 1-800-465-8795 (1-800-injury-law) for a no-cost consultation.