Seeking the advice of a trial lawyer is strongly recommended if you have been injured in a car accident in the Kansas City metro. Even if you feel comfortable negotiating a quick settlement with your insurance company for property damage to your vehicle, you should first consult with an attorney. There are unique circumstances in many car accident cases, especially when bodily injuries and medical expenses are involved, and relying on the services of an experienced trial lawyer can ensure a better outcome.
If you’re like most people, after being injured in a car accident, you might feel inclined to accept whatever the insurance company offers to settle your claim. We understand it can be tempting when all you want to do is get your life back to normal. But you should know that insurance companies are focused on protecting their own interests, and never put the needs of car accident victims first. They’ll make a low-ball offer and try to convince you to accept an offer early in the case – before you have submitted any records of injuries or other losses. Chances are their offer won’t even come close to being adequate compensation for your losses. And once you sign on the dotted line, your case is over.
However, that’s not to say you should never accept a settlement offer – just don’t do it before consulting with an experienced car accident personal injury trial lawyer first. Following a car accident in the Kansas City metro, your attorney will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident, finding out:
- Who was at fault in the accident;
- How much you will need to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and prescriptions;
- How much time you will miss from work (or whether you will even be able to return to work);
- What other financial losses you will incur; and,
- What amount reflects fair compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other non-financial losses.
Once the trial lawyer has obtained all of this information, it will likely become very clear just how inadequate the insurance company’s original settlement offer was.
With this information in hand, the trial lawyer can also present a strong case for maximum compensation and negotiate your case based on actual facts and figures rather than the insurance company’s faulty assumptions.
While hiring an attorney can make the case take longer to settle, it will be more than worth it, especially if you have been seriously injured. In fact, the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive could be many times the insurance company’s original offer.
Most car accident cases are settled before going to court, but if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, or if it cannot be agreed who was at fault for the accident, Craig Divine of Divine Law LLC is fully prepared to take your case to trial when appropriate.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident in the Kansas City metro and would like to discuss your case, contact Craig Divine for a FREE case review. It can make a huge difference in whether you receive adequate compensation for your injuries, property loss and lost wages.
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