Auto accidents, by nature, are generally unplanned and unpredictable. In more serious accidents, catastrophic injuries can mean that lives are thrown into chaos. What’s more, in the days and even weeks and months following some auto accidents, you cannot be too sure of the full extent of damages sustained, not only physically, but mentally and financially as well.
Injured in an auto or truck accident? Under California law, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will help make this entire process a lot smoother and less stressful. Hiring the wrong personal injury attorney will have the opposite effect, for your finances and mental health. Beware of making these mistakes when choosing a personal injury lawyer:
Mistake #1: Choosing an Attorney with Very Little Experience
Choosing a personal injury attorney based on knowledge, skill and experience in auto accident law is the smartest move you will make. Most insurance companies (your own and the defendant’s) will try to reach a settlement outside of court. Often, without the right attorney at your side, the victim gets cheated on their rightful compensation amount. Hiring a personal injury attorney with enough experience will ensure that you receive all of the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Mistake #2: Trusting Your/Defendant’s Insurance Company
Are you like the many who think their insurance company will have their back in the face of a personal injury claim? Many people confuse insurance companies as service companies that serve their customers. In reality, an insurance company thinks of you in terms of their bottom line and how they can earn more money for their shareholders. You won’t realize this harsh truth until injured in an accident and forced to deal with your insurer without the assistance of an injury attorney.
Mistake #3: Choosing an Attorney Unwilling To Work on Contingency
Filing civil litigation can be expensive. In fact, many aren’t able to afford all litigation expenses! You you will want to work with an attorney who works on a contingency basis, meaning he will not get paid unless you get paid!
It’s also a wise idea to first consult with your intended attorney before hiring. Accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg offers free consultation services to potential clients. Call today for yours.