Auto accidents are common in Washington State. Puyallup alone had over 1,000 car accident claims last year. Can you afford to take three months off work to recover from your injuries?
If you’ve been involved in a car crash, you may be too overwhelmed to make sound decisions on your own. You need an experienced car accident attorney who can work within your budget and help protect your rights and your health.
Should you deal with an insurance company or hire an attorney?
In a car accident or personal injury case, it’s natural to wonder what you should do. Should you deal with the insurance company or hire a car accident attorney?
We can answer that question in one word: It depends.
The first thing to consider is the severity of the accident. An injured person should call an ambulance, then the police.
If the accident causes significant injuries, it’s best to hire an attorney before speaking to the at-fault party’s insurance company. The insurance company may ask questions designed to elicit a recorded statement, which they can use against the injured party later. A lawyer already knows the questions to ask and can speak for you. Lawyers will also know the correct protocol for handling claims.
What does an attorney have that you don’t?
A professional attorney or law firm can help you understand the process and assist you in making your well-thought-out claim. Chances are, you know someone who has had a claim denied. It can be devastating, time-consuming, and costly. However, having an attorney or law firm on your side can make all the difference. An attorney’s knowledge of the law, processes, practices, and procedures can mean the difference between a successful claim and a denied claim.
More importantly, an attorney can help you understand what your rights are. And, if a claim is denied, an attorney can prepare an appeal and present your case in the strongest possible light. It can also save you time and money. Most attorneys charge a contingency fee, which means they are only paid if you win. That means they are only paid if they help you win.
And, because attorneys understand the nature of your claim, they often can attack it faster, more effectively, and more efficiently than you can. An attorney will also know how to prove that your claim is valid and your damages were incurred. And, because they practice law, they have an inside track on what the other side is thinking. An attorney may also be able to get you more compensation than you could get on your own.
Our settlement process
After you are released from medical treatment, your attorney will contact the insurance company, gathering all the information needed to begin your claim. After the insurance company agrees to settle your claim, we will send a settlement package to the insurance company detailing your damages. An adjuster will review your settlement package and contact you to discuss the offer.
Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf. If the adjuster agrees to the terms, he or she will send a formal settlement offer, and a pre-settlement brief so you know what you can expect. We will send the settlement payment to you and let you know when to expect it.
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