The decision to hire a lawyer for a car accident settlement depends on a number of things. Mostly, it comes down to the severity of the accident and related injuries, as well as your faith in your ability to negotiate & desire to deal directly with insurance companies. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine the answer to this question:
- How serious was the accident, injuries, and impact on my life (i.e. ability to work, enjoy normal activities, etc)?
- Do I have the time and/or desire to deal with both parties’ insurance companies, possibly for months?
- Do I know enough to negotiate a fair car accident settlement for myself? Or…
- Do I think a lawyer will get me substantially more money that I would get on my own?
Once you have honestly answered these questions, you should have a good idea which direction to go. IAs a general rule, the more serious the accident and injuries, the more likely it’s in your best interest to hire an attorney – their experience in knowing what damages to ask for and how to talk to the insurance company can make a big difference in negotiating the highest car accident settlement possible, which can often pay for itself even after attorney fees, and save you a lot of time & stress in the process.