You have been injured in an accident and you are debating whether you need
to hire an attorney or just handle the claim yourself. Initially, it may
seem easier to handle things on your own, but a seemingly simple injury,
even the simplest of claims, can turn complicated rather quickly. It is
easier if you have an attorney involved from the beginning rather than
waiting until the case is ready to proceed to litigation. Here are four
reasons you should hire a
Maryland personal injury attorney from the start, rather than attempt to handle your accident claim on your own.
Free Consultation and Contingency Fees
To start, personal injury attorneys will meet with you at no out-of-pocket
cost to you. This gives you the ability to explain your accident and injuries
to someone who is trained to deal with these matters, who can tell you
what your case may be worth, and let you know what your chances are with
reaching a settlement or judgment.
If you sign with an attorney, he or she usually takes your case on contingency.
This means that if you reach a settlement, the attorney takes a percentage
of that as a fee. You are not out any money up front for costs for fighting
your case, which is something that can hinder a lot of claimants from
presenting their best case to the insurance company. You might be wondering
what happens if you do not recover any money. This means the attorney
does not receive any payment, either.
One of the hardest things for people to do is negotiate their own personal
injury settlement. Part of this stems from the fact that this is obviously
very personal, which can affect your judgment. Insurance adjusters deal
with this on a daily basis, whereas this may be your first accident and/or
your first injury claim. It is easy to let emotions get the best of you,
and this is not a strong negotiating position. A personal injury attorney
is a trained negotiator and also does not become emotionally charged when
negotiating with an insurance carrier.
Trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Personal injury attorneys are trained in ADR techniques, or alternative
dispute resolution methods. This can help save you money versus traditional
litigation. Some popular examples of ADR are mediation and arbitration.
Preserving Statute of Limitations
Sadly, it is common for victims of personal injury accidents to find that
their claims are suddenly cut off and the insurance company is refusing
to negotiate any longer. The reason is the passing of the Statute of Limitations.
This is the period of time after which a claim is no longer “valid”
unless a complaint (lawsuit) is filed with the court. If you do not preserve
the statute, you also lose the right to sue the opposing parties. Having
a lawyer handling your case ensures the statute of limitations does not
pass, causing your right to claim to become extinguished.
Hiring a Charles County Accident Attorney
For more information about hiring a personal injury attorney in Charles
County, please contact the Law Office of Robert Castro at 301-870-1200
and/or visit our website the
Castro Law Group.