INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 8, 2019) If you are an injured victim of a car crash that occurred through no fault of your own, you might think you can obtain a quick insurance settlement by negotiating directly for your medical bills, loss of wages and damages for pain and suffering. But as a car accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN turns to for maximum-value settlements and increased jury awards, did you know you could be settling for much less than your claim is worth? And do you know that by signing a release for your immediate losses, i.e. medical bills, property damage, loss of wages, etcetera, you may be forfeiting compensation from additional sources? The negative consequences of injuries may arise years later—impacting our health and well-being as we mature. Compensation for future medical bills and devices is often overlooked when the injured party negotiates with the insurance company. However, an experienced car accident lawyer would consider the past, present and future damages in their representation.
Periodically I hear from individuals who in negotiating in good faith suddenly realize the opposing party has been stalling for time until the Statute of Limitations has run or very nearly run. They desire a legal intervention to restart the negotiations. Unfortunately, you can never go back…you can never undo the mistakes that stop a claim dead in its tracks. Once a self-negotiated claim for injuries has breached certain benchmarks, there may be nothing an attorney can do to help you.
Here are some reasons why well-meaning people attempt to negotiate their own claims and the reasons why you should at the very least, consider discussing your claim with an attorney before you speak with the insurance company:
It is natural to want to hire an attorney who has a connection with a friend or family member. But before you hire a legal advocate to represent you in a claim for damages, find out if the attorney from your network of acquaintances limits his or her practice to personal injury law. Why? No two cases are alike. Each case has a unique set of facts and circumstances and an experienced personal injury lawyer will carve out the route best suited to your claim.
When you hire a car accident lawyer, someone who limits their practice to personal injury work, you are hiring a skilled advocate that will maximize the value of your claim. This is our job―to read, debate, discuss and remain current on legislation and legal opinions that govern our client’s compensation for their injuries and other damages.
If you have been injured in an accident, call an experienced car accident lawyer before you contact the insurance company. Call 317-639-9501 today and ask for Charlie.