Yes. When negotiating the amount you should receive in an accident settlement check, a personal injury lawyer makes sure you receive support for every damage and ensures you don’t accept a “lowball” offer.
Car insurance companies for at-fault drivers and liability insurance adjusters for businesses all make money by trying to limit the compensation you earn for an accident. You may be negotiating with insurers without knowing what your hardships are really worth. Allow a skilled California personal injury lawyer to do the negotiating for you so you end up with everything you need.
Seek Out a Free Consultation with a California Personal Injury Lawyer
If you aren’t sure if an insurance company is being fair in settlement negotiations, you may end up signing off on a settlement offer that leaves you paying 50% or more of your recovery bills.
Contact a real California personal injury lawyer for a free case consultation to find out what your accident claim should really be worth. There’s no obligation to talk to the personal injury lawyers at Maison Law, but if you feel we can negotiate to get the most out of your claim, you won’t need to have any money on hand to hire us. We don’t get paid unless we win your case. Then our fee comes out of the settlement you are awarded.
When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer to Deal with Insurance Companies?
After a head-on collision on a boulevard or a fall down the stairs at your apartment complex, it may be necessary to hold a careless driver or a negligent landlord liable for an emergency room bill and other expenses. To do this you would file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
If you only suffer a few scrapes and bruises or just property damage, you may not need the help of a lawyer to get standard benefits. But when an accident involves a serious injury, like a fractured bone, or a neck or back injury, you’ll need more in support to make a full recovery. Allowing a California personal injury lawyer to negotiate for the most possible for your claim could earn you considerably more.
Insurance Tactics During Accident Settlement Negotiations
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters don’t get paid to provide you with everything you need to recover. They are encouraged to do everything they can to deny or limit the compensation you receive.
A lawyer at California’s Maison Law has experience in negotiating with liability insurance companies. Our legal team knows to watch out for these tactics and others when dealing with an insurance adjuster:
- Downplaying your injuries. Insurance adjusters can cast doubt on how bad your injury is. They may claim you already had the injury before you got hurt.
- Shifting blame. When insurance companies know the bill will be high for your injury recovery, they can look for ways to change the narrative of what happened. They want to pin some or all of the blame for an accident on you, even if an accident report points the finger of blame at the policyholder.
- Delay tactics. An insurance company is supposed to respond to your accident claim in a timely fashion, but sometimes they get away with making victims wait for support. You may wait months to hear back and in the meantime, get more and more desperate as bill collectors show up at your door.
- Lowball settlement offers. With no experience in how much an injury claim is worth, you could get desperate and accept a lowball offer that doesn’t cover all of your hardships. You may get a settlement that only covers a night in the emergency room when you’ll need additional surgeries and physical therapy in the months ahead.
What Advantages Do Lawyers Provide After an Accident?
Once you go over your slip-and-fall accident, premises liability accident, or auto accident with your lawyer, your attorney immediately begins investigating what happened. Evidence, security footage, and witness testimony will all be used to build a strong case for you.
A skilled California personal injury lawyer uses this evidence to negotiate from a position of strength on your behalf. Your lawyer knows what you’ll need to make a full recovery and will reject any offer that doesn’t meet your family’s needs and will fight for more.
This negotiation battle is all done with as little disruption to you and your family as possible. A Maison Law attorney will handle the frustrating process while you focus on healing and rebuilding your life.
Your lawyer demands full support for every hospital and doctor bill. Your lawyer fights to get reimbursement for every paycheck you’ve missed while having to miss work hours. You should also receive benefits for the physical pain that’s kept you up at night after a painful knee injury or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that leaves you with headaches.
The emotional trauma you endure, including bouts of depression and sometimes debilitating anxiety, must also factor into a settlement check.
Your lawyer makes sure these factors and others are considered when determining how much an insurance company will provide to you.
Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a personal injury accident, talk to Maison Law before speaking with any insurance representative. You should know about every benefit available to you before an insurance provider tries to negotiate you into accepting nothing at all.
Contact attorney Martin Gasparian to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation for your family. If you do require Maison Law’s help in getting what’s fair from an insurance company, you won’t need any upfront money. We don’t get paid unless we win your case for you. Then, our fee comes out of the settlement money you and your family receive.