Think you can get the money you deserve from your personal injury claim? Think again. Many people jump at the 1st offer they hear from the insurance company. They feel that that is the best they can do or they feel that they are in need of the money so jump at the offer that sounds too good to be true. STOP! Be patient, and hire an Injury Attorney. What do you do when 2 months go by, and your knee that was only swollen and maybe felt sore for a few days suddenly starts giving out on you? You go to the doctor and he tells you that you tore your meniscus and are going to require surgery. Unfortunately it’s too late to go back to the insurance company, because you have already signed the release forms and collected the check. The truth is most insurance companies will pay out more when they hear that you are going to hire a lawyer.
You should also make sure that you go to the doctor immediately and report any injuries that you have, whether you think that they are minor or not. this way the injuries are documented in the event that they become more serious than you originally thought. A personal Injury Lawyer will also make sure that the necessary paperwork is filed in a timely fashion. Most personal injury attorney’s will not charge an upfront fee. They typically will not get paid unless they settle your case. How much depends on the sum of the settlement, but you can expect to pay anywhere from 20% – 40% of the settlement amount. In a typical settlement of $250,000 you could probably even negotiate the fee to around 20% – 25%. Also make sure that you hire a lawyer with experience in personal injury cases. They should be able to negotiate down the fees that the insurance companies, ambulances, and courts will try to collect once your settlement has been made. And remember to be patient. Patience Pays!