Why do I need an attorney?
Few people, if any, are prepared to deal with serious injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. When an accident does happen, you could find yourself dealing with painful injuries, costly medical expenses, loss of use of your vehicle, and other unexpected costs. All of this could be thrust upon you, and you might not be able to keep up with these bills in addition to your usual living expenses, particularly if you are unable to work for any length of time.
When this happens, do not despair. A skilled injury attorney will be able to help you hold the other party or parties accountable for the accident and make sure that you don’t pay out of pocket for an accident that wasn’t your fault. When you work with a legal team like Spiros Law, P.C., you won’t have to pay anything upfront for legal representation, since our injury attorneys will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This will mean that you only pay a portion of any settlement or jury award, and you owe nothing if you do not recover anything.
The primary reason to hire a lawyer is for assistance dealing with an insurance company, and you absolutely must remember that an insurer is never going to be on your side, regardless of how friendly or helpful their representatives might seem. The insurance company is in business to make money, not to pay you what you’re owed, and they will seek to deny, delay or diminish your claim whenever possible.
The insurance company might also attempt to offer you a lump sum settlement to resolve your case, and an agent may even say something about how accepting the offer would allow you to keep more money for yourself. In truth, most initial settlement offers from insurers are woefully short of what people are actually entitled to and individuals usually learn relatively quickly that the settlements they accept will not be sufficient for covering several future expenses that victims face.
A lawyer is going to be able to step in and calculate the full value of your case before submitting a formal demand letter to an insurance company for fair compensation. Most insurers refuse these initial demands and cases will proceed to settlement negotiations that may continue all through a trial.
Cases are resolved through settlements precisely because insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid having to go to trial, but there are cases in which it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit. After a lawsuit has been filed, an attorney will be able to prove your case in court and you could be awarded a variety of compensatory damages that often include compensatory damages for actual bills as well as noneconomic damages for other more subjective types of emotional and psychological harm.
When you hire an attorney to represent you, they will be committed to protecting your best interests at all times. Lawyers are held to a high standard of ethics which requires them to represent you responsibly and be cognizant of getting the best possible outcome for you at all times.
It is also important to keep in mind that a lawyer can also be enormously helpful with many of the major medical expenses you are facing. An attorney can negotiate discounted rates for medical treatment in some cases, but they can also help people struggling to pay medical bills obtain medical liens that allow individuals to continue receiving treatment at no upfront cost as payment is instead taken from a settlement or jury award.
Contact a Danville Injury Lawyer Today
The Danville injury attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have close ties to our community, and we’ve made a commitment to protecting those who’ve been hurt due to the negligence of others. We want to see you get back on your feet and on with your life, which is why we will be ready to represent you when you call us for help. Contact our team for a free consultation by calling (217) 443-4343 or by reaching out to us online.