If I Get Into a Car Accident That Is Not My Fault, Should I Get a Lawyer?
Insurance companies have an abundance of resources when it comes to accident claims. In 2019, American insurers collected over $1.3 trillion in premiums. In other words, they are able to pay their professional representatives and adjusters top dollar, and their objective is to reduce or deny compensation to car accident victims.
Going up against those resources is no small task. However, a Pompano Beach personal injury attorney uses experience and dedication to go toe-to-toe against the big insurance companies. Injury lawyers usually handle hundreds of car wreck claims a year. Without the advocacy of an experienced attorney, insurance companies could easily compromise your chances at full financial recovery or even a successful claim in general.
Finding the Right Lawyer
If you Google a phrase like “personal injury lawyer near me,” you will see thousands of results. However, upon closer inspection of the results, some important differences become apparent and it’s these important factors that separate a good lawyer from a great lawyer, like the lawyers at Goldman and Daszkal. Some of these items include:
- Experience: There really is no substitute for experience. Your injury claim is much too important to be a lawyer’s training exercise. Don’t just look at years of experience. Ask the lawyer about his/her trial experience as well. Goldman & Daszkal’s team of lawyers are all experienced in personal injury claims.
- Dedication: The term dedication often comes across as a simple buzz word to some. But a law firm that is truly dedicated to your case will show it through their honesty, tenacity, and investigative prowess. We are dedicated to seeing your case through and helping you recover compensation for your injuries.
- Accessibility: Accessibility is about more than a convenient location. An attorney may be a block away from you, but if they aren’t willing to give you the time of day, what good is the convenience? Be sure your attorney’s office is open, communicative, and ready to hear you out.
Fees are very important as well. Most injury attorneys work on a contingent fee basis, which means they charge no upfront legal fees.
Building Your Claim
So, look around for the right lawyer. But don’t look too long. Attorneys must immediately begin collecting evidence to obtain maximum compensation.
Critical evidence is often unavailable unless a lawyer acts fast. Frequently, if the vehicle was totaled, the insurance company has it destroyed. If that happens, any physical evidence the vehicle contained, including the Event Data Recorder (if your vehicle has one), vanishes.
Therefore, most attorneys send spoliation letters to insurance companies. These letters require insurance companies to preserve all potential physical evidence–whatever that may be–for future inspection.
Resolving Your Claim
An attorney is not just a strong legal advocate. Lawyers must also be good negotiators. These negotiation skills are critical in car wreck claims. Most of these claims settle out of court. In these cases, a lawyer is like a professional athlete’s agent. Unless the player has an agent, their team usually pays the absolute minimum salary possible.
It’s not uncommon for personal injury cases to go to mediation. A third-party mediator hears arguments from both sides and then tries to facilitate a settlement. If both parties negotiate in good faith, which basically means they are willing to make some compromises, mediation is usually successful.
Don’t Take the First Offer, Give Us a Call
Preparation and commitment are essential in the resolution process. Lawyers who do their homework usually do well on the test. Furthermore, your lawyer should be committed to the best possible result under the circumstances. Many individuals are tempted to take the first offer, just to get things over with. Lawyers don’t fall into that trap.
Car crash victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Pompano Beach, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.