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Car Accident Claims: Should You Just Settle Yourself?

You may think that there is no need to hire an attorney for those routine car accident claims. Thanks to the Internet, there is a plethora of information available regarding the legal process of a car accident claim.

While it is true a minor fender bender may be something you can handle on your own—especially if there are no injuries—even these minor accidents require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.

Before you attempt to file and settle your own accident claim, consider a few things first.

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Contesting Fault: Insurance Companies Love to Play the Blame Game

Who wants to be to blame for an accident? No one. If you cannot prove that the other driver caused the accident, then this may impact your ability to recover damages. This is something you should not leave to chance, which is why you need to contact a car accident lawyer West Palm Beach for assistance. An attorney can help gather necessary evidence and prove the other party was at fault.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses Will Grow—and So Will Your Losses

If you do not hire an attorney, then you may notice that your out-of-pocket expenses and losses continue to grow. Most people do not realize just how much they lose in a car accident. But, if you sit down and start to add it up, you may be surprised. Just some of those unexpected costs can include:

  • Medical costs – From emergency room visits to follow up appointments to even medical supplies to care for your wounds at home; these can easily add up to hundreds (if not thousands).
  • Lost hours – To recover from your accident, you are most likely going to take some time off work. That time means less income or using your own personal sick leave, which you shouldn’t have to use when someone causes your own accident.

Serious Injuries Need Serious Representation

If you have suffered from a serious injury—such as a broken bone or even a herniated disc or whiplash—these types of injuries will affect you for a long time.

Permanent injuries could impact your quality of life. For some, you may not be able to ever work again, walk or even enjoy time with your children. These are the types of injuries that have the potential for very large settlements; therefore, you need a personal injury lawyer to assist you.

Personal Injury Lawyers for the Win

Bottom line: It takes years of experience filing and negotiating personal injury claims to acquire solid settlements for clients. Experienced and reputable car accident lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance claims adjusters and how to present your case in front of a judge or jury, should your case go to court.

Contact Fetterman & Associates, PA Today

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie or a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. Call us now for an appointment at 561-845-2510.

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