When a car accident occurs, it can be difficult to go through the process of pursuing compensation. When the insurance company is not being cooperative and refuses to settle fairly, it may be time for a victim to consider hiring a personal injury attorney. An attorney will guide their client through the tough decisions that must be made in the process. They can help their client seek a fair outcome and refuse to settle for less.
There are a few steps a car accident victim will need to go through to pursue compensation. They must first file a claim with their own insurance and the insurance company of the at-fault driver. This process is rarely easy because both companies will do all they can to try and pay as little as possible. They may even attempt to deny the claim. Attorneys are instrumental in helping victims negotiate a fair settlement.
In most cases, an insurance company will be willing to settle because they do not want to have to go through the expense of defending a complaint in court. Often, an attorney will simply need to file a complaint on behalf of their client and this will make the insurance adjuster spring into action and realize they must attempt to settle. Many car accident victims have the wrong idea that hiring an attorney will force them to go to court. There are many methods the attorney can use in an attempt to settle a claim.
Mediation meetings are sometimes held before the court date to determine if both sides can come to a solution. These meetings are overseen by a third-party mediator, often a retired lawyer or administrative law judge. The mediator is not responsible for making the final decision but helps moderate the meetings to ensure they proceed fairly.
If a car accident victim feels they are being given the runaround by the insurance company or their claim has been denied, it is important they seek legal help right away. Call the office today and schedule your appointment so the attorney can get to work on helping you. With the help of an attorney, you can receive the fair outcome you deserve.