Many people who are involved in an automobile accident, whether a minor fender bender or a more serious accident, toy with the idea of directly negotiating their settlement with the insurance company of the responsible party. After all, they reason, it's a minor case and if an attorney was involved, attorney's fees would take most of the settlement.
However, it's almost always better to involve an attorney in your car wreck case. Statistics have shown that parties who have attorneys get significantly larger settlements than those who do not, which more than offsets the cost of the attorney. Attorneys are trained at negotiating with insurance companies, and know what a fair settlement is in your situation. If you decide to pursue your claim yourself, you will most likely feel pressured to settle your case for much less than it's worth.
In addition, accident victims often don't know what a fair settlement is. They may not realize that when they sign the settlement paperwork, they cannot seek any compensation later, even if new medical problems arise. An accident victim may believe that he or she only has a minor neck injury, when it's actually a huge medical problem. However, if the case has already been settled, it is too late to get extra money for those medical expenses.
Finally, accident victims often don't know how to go about making a case for the compensation to which they feel entitled. They may spend time pursuing a claim, which is time they should be doing other things, such as recovering from injuries. Accident victims may not know which paperwork is needed or what steps to take next.
If you have been injured in a Houston automobile accident, call the dedicated Houston car accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. You can also learn more about the firm on LinkedIn. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.