When you are injured in an accident, your main focus should be on healing and moving on with your life, not on holding the party that caused your injury legally responsible. For this reason, it is highly advisable for injured victims to call a lawyer as soon as they can after an accident occurs. Here are some of the ways that a lawyer can help.
Your Lawyer will Negotiate on Your Behalf with the Insurance Company
The vast majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court. It is very difficult to accurately assess the value of a personal injury claim without significant experience with personal injury law, so victims often have no idea how much their claim may be worth. As a result, there is a very real risk of accepting a settlement offer far below the value of your case. When you retain an attorney, he or she will determine how much your case may be worth and ensure that any settlement you accept is fair.
Your Lawyer will Negotiate with the Medical Provider who record “Liens” on your Case
It is common in Arizona for hospitals and other medical providers to record liens on your case with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office pursuant A.R.S. § 33-931. This statute is known as the “balance bill” law and allows health care providers to file liens on your case recovery for the difference between the total of their charges and the amount they receive from health insurance. Your lawyer will negotiate with the medical providers and make sure that a lien release is recorded. Your Attorney will Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
In cases in which the other party does not concede that he or she was liable, it may be necessary to collect evidence that indicates that he or she was negligent. This can be an extremely difficult task and at-fault parties may be reluctant to turn over certain evidence. Fortunately, an attorney can use a legal process known as “discovery” to compel the production of evidence.
Your Lawyer will Represent you in Court if your Case Goes to Trial
Unfortunately, there are cases in which an insurance company or at-fault party simply refuses to concede legal liability or make a reasonable settlement offer. If this happens to you, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit and conduct a full personal injury trial to recover compensation for your losses. Taking a case to trial is an extremely complicated matter, and you can be sure that the insurance company handling your claim has a legal team of experienced attorneys ready to aggressively defend any legal action. For this reason, it is critical for victims of accidents to have a skilled attorney.
Call the Yearin Law Group Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident that you suspect was caused by another’s negligence, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At the Yearin Law Group, we are committed to helping individuals recover for their losses and work tirelessly to hold negligent people accountable for their actions. Call us today at 480-502-0708 to schedule a free case evaluation with a Scottsdale personal injury attorney.