A car accident can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. One minute a person can be driving to his or her destination without a care in the world, and the next minute his or her life is turned upside down. A car accident can not only cause costly car repairs or replacement, but it can also leave a person with serious injuries than can trouble him or her for many years and leave him or her unable to return to work. Some people try for whatever reason, to handle their case without hiring an injury attorney. However, before you make the decision to represent yourself, you should be aware of the benefits of hiring an Oklahoma injury attorney to represent you. For example, an experienced Oklahoma injury attorney knows how to:
- Help you determine the value of your claim: After an accident, you may have a dollar amount in mind that you feel is fair for your claim. However, how can you be sure that you are asking for the right amount? An injury attorney will analyze your claim and make sure you are seeking the proper amount of compensation. If you represent yourself, you could be missing out on thousands of dollars.
- Navigate the legal system: If the insurance company will not give you a fair settlement, your only option is to file a civil case. Filing a case and preparing it for trial is something an experienced injury attorney is well-versed in how to do. However, if you are representing yourself, taking on the legal system will require time and effort on your part to learn.
- Deal with insurance companies: When you represent yourself, you are at a disadvantage because you do not know (1) the value of your claim, and (2) how to navigate the legal system. The worst part about this, is that the insurance company knows this and will use these two things against you, by offering you a low ball settlement offer or giving you’re the run around. Veteran injury attorneys are used to working with insurance companies and will use this to your advantage.
- Proceed to trial if necessary: The biggest advantage a seasoned injury attorney brings to the table is experience. If the insurance company is smart, they will offer you a fair settlement otherwise, they know that a good injury attorney will take the case to trial. The threat of trial is what makes many cases settle.
It is also important to be aware that an Oklahoma injury attorney will not take a fee until you receive compensation. That is because Oklahoma injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. Which means that injury attorneys are extremely motivated to work hard for you, since they do not receive a dime until they obtain a settlement for you. You can also take comfort in knowing that an injury attorney will not take on a case if he or she does not believe that a fair settlement can be obtained. Otherwise, the injury attorney would just be wasting his or her time.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries after being involved in an automobile accident, do not think that you have to handle this situation on your own. An experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney can help make sure you receive the compensation you are due. At The Handle Law Center our team of seasoned Injury Attorneys have helped countless injury victims in Canadian County and throughout Oklahoma. To learn how an Oklahoma Injury Attorney can help you, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. We offer free and completely confidential consultations. At The Handley Law Center we are passionate about providing injury victims with outstanding legal services.