Will Hiring a Florida Personal Injury Attorney Mean a Larger Recovery?
Are you better off hiring a lawyer to represent you in your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit? A study by the Insurance Research Council found that motor vehicle accident victims who had an attorney won 3.5 times more in settlement compensation than victims without legal representation.
Insurance companies will not play fair – and make you a reasonable offer – without an advocate on your side.
Here are some reasons you should work with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney instead of going it alone:
Lawyers Know How To Calculate the Full Value of Your Claim
Most injury victims know they can seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Some even know they can also claim damages for their pain and suffering.
The problem is you have no idea the approximate value of pain and suffering – we do. We also know how to present the case to the insurance company to maximize your damages. This service greatly increases the settlement value of your case – even after accounting for our fees.
Additionally, you may not realize you can pursue compensation for many other things, including:
- Used sick days
- Lost vacation days
- Future medical expenses
- Future pain and suffering
- The cost of rental cars or Uber/Lyft services while your car is at the repair shop
- The cost of hiring a babysitter or housekeeper to care for your children or home while you recover from your injuries
- Compensation for planned trips or vacations you couldn’t go on due to your injuries
An experienced Florida personal injury attorney will be able to calculate the full value of your claim and seek the maximum compensation you are eligible for. Without professional legal advice, you simply can’t know whether a settlement offer is fair or not. You risk leaving thousands — if not tens of thousands — on the table.
We recently settled a case on the eve of trial for $465,000.00. Our client almost settled his case for $5,000.00 before hiring us.
Lawyers Know the Tricks Insurance Companies Use
Insurance companies routinely take advantage of the lack of knowledge and vulnerable position of injury victims to minimize their payouts. Insurers use various bad-faith tactics such as:
- Trying to blame you for the accident
- Telling you that you can’t prove the long-term impact of your injuries in court
- Arguing that you had preexisting medical conditions or that your injuries weren’t as serious as you claim
- Forcing you to undergo an examination by one of their approved healthcare professionals because your doctor’s assessment isn’t good enough
- Stalling your claim while your expenses mount until you become desperate for a financial injection and agree to settle for a lowball offer
When you have a reputable law firm or attorney on your side, the behavior of insurance companies suddenly changes. They know insurance claims in which the victim is legally represented have a much higher chance of recovery and that being uncooperative will cost a lot more in legal fees down the line than the claim is worth to them.
Lawyers Know How to Identify All Liable Parties
Personal injury cases are rarely simple. Many car accidents, for instance, have multiple potentially responsible parties. If a commercial truck runs a red light and crashes into your car, any of the following parties could be liable:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The local authority, if the light was faulty
- The truck manufacturer or the mechanic, if the brake pads were defective or incorrectly installed
- The establishment that served the driver, if they were driving under the influence of alcohol
Personal injury attorneys know how to investigate accidents and gather evidence to understand the full picture, identify all liable parties, and hold them accountable.
Were You Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident? Call Lyons & Snyder
At Lyons & Snyder, we have over 15 years of experience helping personal injury victims seek compensation. Call 954-462-8035 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Florida personal injury attorney from our team.