It is worth hiring a car accident lawyer if you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident. Studies show injury victims who hire lawyers receive more compensation for their injuries and receive their compensation more quickly.
In fact, injury victims hurt in car accidents who hire lawyers typically receive more compensation for their injuries than those who don’t hire lawyers even after taking attorney fees into account.
In addition, car accident lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you aren’t charged a fee unless they recover money for you – your only fee is typically a percentage of any recovery obtained. This means there’s no risk involved in calling a car accident lawyer for a free consultation.
Studies Show That Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer Helps You Recover More Money Faster
Studies show that the wise thing to do after being seriously injured in a car accident is to hire experienced car accident lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen:
- A 2019 study found that injury victims who hire personal injury lawyers recover 31 percent more money in settlements than those who don’t.
- The National Center for State Courts says that 84 percent of injury victims who hire a lawyer to handle their personal injury claim recover compensation, compared to only 56 percent who don’t hire a lawyer.
- According to an Insurance Research Council survey, injury victims who hire a law firm receive compensation in an average of 10 months, whereas injury victims who don’t hire lawyers receive compensation in an average of 18 months.
- A Martindale-Nolo survey found that the average injury victim who hired a lawyer received $77,600 in compensation, compared to $17,600 for those handling their own injury claims. The survey found that those who hired lawyers received almost three times as much money as those who didn’t even after attorney fees were taken into account. The survey also found that 91 percent of injury victims who hired a lawyer received compensation, compared to 51 percent who didn’t.
Why Do Victims Of Car Accidents Receive More Money From The Insurance Company If They Hire A Lawyer?
If you file a car accident claim, the source of your financial recovery will probably be the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the at-fault party (actually, typically their insurance company) is legally obligated under California law to pay you fair compensation for all of your losses connected to your car accident, including medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more.
However, if you try to seek compensation on your own without a lawyer for a car accident case, insurance companies are going to know they don’t actually have to pay you what you are entitled to.
You see, while the insurance company has a legal obligation to pay you up to policy limits for your damages, they won’t do that unless you show them that you can make them.
The question is, if the insurance company offers you a small low-ball offer for your injuries, how do you make them give you a better offer which more accurately reflects your damages? The only way is to sue them over the low-ball offer.
Of course, the legal process is not going to be friendly to you if you don’t have a lawyer. The insurance company has a lot of money. This means that they can hire expensive lawyers to defend them in court. You can’t win a lawsuit against those lawyers if you don’t have experienced auto accident attorneys of your own. The insurance company knows you can’t win a lawsuit if you’re not represented by car accident attorneys.
So, if you try to recover a car accident settlement without a lawyer, the insurance company will simply offer you a tiny fraction of what you are actually entitled to because they won’t respect your ability to sue them in court and win. By doing this, they will effectively dare you to sue them, knowing you can’t do so and win.
However, if you hire experienced car accident lawyers with a reputation for success like Nadrich & Cohen, your lawyers will send the at-fault party’s insurance company a letter of representation. When the insurance company sees that letter, they will know you mean business. They will know you can now sue them and win over a low-ball offer.
When the at-fault party’s insurance company sees you’re represented by Nadrich & Cohen, they’ll check their files on us and see that when we go to court, we win. They’ll know it’s a waste of their time and legal fees to take us on in court. Because of this, they will suddenly be much more willing to offer you a fair settlement out of court. Almost all of our cases are settled out of court due to our 30 year plus track record of success.
Is It Dangerous To Handle An Insurance Claim Without A Lawyer?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, yes, it is dangerous for you to talk to the at-fault party’s insurance company.
You see, that insurance company really, really doesn’t want to pay you what you actually deserve for your injuries. They wouldn’t make much money if they paid everyone what they deserved. It’s in their best interests to not pay you what you deserve. Avoiding paying people what they deserve is how they make profits.
Insurance companies are actually so invested in not paying injury victims what they deserve that they literally train their adjusters to trick and manipulate injury victims.
What insurance adjusters do to injury victims is they try to get them to talk on the phone while being recorded. Then, while the injury victim is being recorded, they will try to trick the injury victim into:
- Saying something that implies that they were at fault for their accident
- Saying something that implies their injuries are not as severe as they are claiming
They are very good at manipulating injury victims like this. It is very easy to fall for their tricks.
For example, you may not see anything unusual about an insurance adjuster starting off a conversation with the question, “how are you today?”
However, if you answer “fine” or “good,” the insurance company will then try to claim that this means you must not actually be injured very badly.
As you can see, the insurance company will use the tiniest little thing you say wrong to justify why they won’t pay you what you deserve for your injuries. It is incredibly easy to say the wrong thing to an insurance company without even realizing it.
For this reason, it is imperative for you to hire a lawyer if you have been seriously injured in a car accident. An experienced car accident attorney like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies for you so you don’t have to worry about incriminating yourself accidentally.
What Can Nadrich & Cohen Do For Me?
The main purpose of a car accident attorney is to recover financial compensation for you which will cover expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vehicle replacement or repair
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
Car accident attorneys are technically personal injury lawyers. There are many ways they can assist you in pursuing maximum financial compensation.
A car accident attorney can:
Help You Understand Your Rights
Most accident victims aren’t knowledgeable about car accident and personal injury law. As a result, when accidents occur, it’s totally understandable for you to not understand the rights you have.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for any damages related to it. In California, those who cause car accidents via negligence are liable for the damages which result, and injury victims can seek compensation from them.
Your attorney can talk with you about any laws which are relevant to your case. They can assist you in understanding your rights and how you can protect them.
The at-fault party’s insurance company is good at making you think you don’t have control over how your claim goes. However, you have a lot more power over this than you think.
Offer Legal Advice
Once you get in a car accident, you may receive varying advice. You might see the internet saying one thing, and friends or family members might tell you something different. It can quickly confuse you and leave you not knowing what to do.
Calling a car accident lawyer like Nadrich & Cohen for a free consultation is typically the best way to begin. Car accident attorneys know what you should do after your accident. They’ve been handling car accident claims for decades. They can examine your case details and give you proper advice on how to recover the maximum possible financial compensation.
Hire an experienced car accident attorney for the best chance of successfully recovering compensation for your injuries.
Negotiate With Insurance Companies
Successful car accident claims involve a ton of investigation and work. Accident attorneys do a lot of things to build strong cases and fight for the rights of their clients. They can assist you by:
- Investigating your accident details
- Gathering evidence such as a police report, photos, proof of damages and witness statements
- Building a convincing personal injury claim and filing it with the insurance company representing the at-fault party
- Performing tough negotiations with insurance companies
- Filing a lawsuit when settlement negotiations with insurance companies break down
- Handle each and every step of the legal process for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries
- If necessary, represent you at trial, seeking to recover full compensation on your behalf
Help You Seek Medical Attention
Sometimes accident victims can’t afford treatment for their injuries.
Car accident lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen typically work with a network of doctors who will treat their clients on liens. What this means is that those doctors won’t charge for treatment until your case ends.
This way, even if you don’t have insurance, you can get your injuries treated.
Represent You In Court
The typical car accident case ends up being settled out of court when the injury victim has an experienced lawyer that the insurance company knows can sue them and win. Almost all of our cases end up settling out of court.
However, in the event settlement negotiations break down, car accident lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen will stay at your side through the whole process. They’ll fight tooth and nail for your legal rights and to recover compensation and justice for you. Experienced attorneys like Nadrich & Cohen aren’t afraid of insurance companies and their lawyers. They’ll be prepared for whatever insurers throw at them.
How Long After A Car Accident Do I Have To Hire A Lawyer?
If you have been injured in a car accident, in most cases you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries in California. Failing to file a claim within this time period may forever prevent you from recovering compensation for your injuries.
However, this does not mean that you should wait until one year and 364 days after the accident to call a lawyer. A lot of work and time goes into building a convincing car accident case.
A car accident lawyer needs to thoroughly investigate your case to put together a convincing case. It takes quite a while to gather evidence, hire experts and negotiate with an insurance company.
In other words, you shouldn’t expect fantastic results if you wait until the very last minute to hire a lawyer. Instead, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, calling us today for a free consultation gives you the best chance of recovering the most possible compensation.
Calling us today gives us the most time possible to put together a convincing case for you and make sure that any and all paperwork is filed on time.
Is It Worth Hiring Nadrich & Cohen?
Nadrich & Cohen has been representing car accident victims since 1990, having recovered in excess of $400,000,000 for injury victims.
This long track record of success is why almost all of our claims are settled out of court with insurance companies. Insurance companies know we’ve been helping injury victims for over 30 years. They know we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. They know it’s not a good idea to take us on in court.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a car accident. Let us put our experience to work for you so we can recover the maximum compensation available on your behalf.