Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney for My Auto Accident Claim?
The simple answer is, it depends. When the attorneys in our Albany office looks at a claim, we ask ourselves the following question: “can we add value to your claim?” There are certain types of claims where hiring a personal injury attorney is essential to ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies. On the other hand, there are a handful of cases that don’t require an attorney to reach a fair settlement and hiring an attorney would only reduce the amount of the settlement you receive.
How do you know what type of personal injury claim you have? The easiest way to find out is by calling an experienced personal injury attorney. You can try to guess on your own, but a quick free call to someone who handles these types of cases on a daily basis will put you at ease and keep you from second-guessing yourself.
Our Oregon attorneys give out more advice and sample letters to help individuals navigate the claims process than we recommend hiring an attorney. Anyone that chooses to handle their claim on their own, however, should be aware of essential time limitations for the claim, the insurance claims process, and other important legal issues. Not understanding these limitations and principles could potentially harm your claim or even prevent you from recovering at all.
No matter what path you choose, all personal injury attorneys in Oregon recommend that you inform yourself or seek a free consultation from an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you have the information to navigate the insurance claims process – without this basic knowledge, you could lose your claim or be taken advantage of by the insurance industry. – Dan Rayfield – Oregon personal injury attorney.