After a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall accident, work injury, pedestrian accident, bicycle crash, or any other type of accident where another person or entity’s negligence left you injured, you may be thinking about filing a personal injury claim to recoup the costly out-of-pocket losses you incurred. The first question that probably comes to mind is: “Should I hire a Georgia personal injury lawyer or handle everything by myself?” The answer to this question is – yes. Statistically, hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you take home more compensation.
How Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Secure You Higher Compensation in Georgia
Some injured victims mistakenly believe they can save money by taking on the personal injury claim on their own. But a study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found that injured victims with legal representation secured personal injury settlements that are approximately 350 percent or 3.5 times higher than injured victims who didn’t have a lawyer. Those who sustained similar injuries received substantially more compensation even after paying their lawyers.
The IRC study likewise found that 85% of insurance settlements involving bodily injuries went to individuals who have lawyers. While this might seem unfair to injured victims, it clearly shows that insurers will take advantage of people who don’t have lawyers fighting for them. This study also shows that having a lawyer increases the chances of a claim being approved. But these findings should not be surprising.
Personal injury attorneys know exactly what to do to develop a strong injury claim. This includes proving negligence and liability for the accident, gathering convincing evidence of the severity and nature of your damages, and advocating zealously for your legal rights.
Likewise, experienced personal injury attorneys will negotiate fiercely with insurance companies, their claims adjusters, and lawyers to secure maximum compensation for their injured clients.
But before hiring a Georgia personal injury lawyer, consider the following factors:
- The reputation of the firm and the length of time it has been in business
- The number of personal injury cases the lawyer has worked on.
- The lawyer’s experience with your specific type of accident and injury.
- The law firm’s success rate with cases similar to yours.
- How well the lawyer listens, and the law firm treats you during your consultation.
All personal injury claims require thorough investigation, extensive documentation, attention to detail, and persistence. But filing a personal injury claim with guidance from an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer will help make certain that you receive a settlement that will make you whole for all your accident-related losses.
Discuss Your Case With a Renowned Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Now
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, the Georgia personal injury lawyers of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland are here to guide you through every step of your case. We have championed the legal rights of injured victims for over 30 years and have more than 192 years of combined legal experience. Dial 404-301-7980 or fill out our online form to arrange a free case evaluation with one of our Georgia personal injury lawyers today. You can also email us at email@example.com.