Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident? Whatever type of accident it was, whether vehicular, at work, or another type of personal injury, you have a right to proper compensation. Unfortunately, insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible toward any insurance claim, which is why you may need a lawyer to ensure you get the money you deserve.
Skilled lawyers can help you file your personal injury claim and assist in different ways throughout the process in order to give you the best possible payout.
The Various Ways an Insurance Claim Lawyer Can Help
Depending on your insurance company and any other insurance companies involved in the incident, the process can be quick and easy or long and arduous. With a lawyer on your side, it might err on the side of quick and easy, as insurance companies are more likely to settle rather than fight. Here are some of the steps in the process that an insurance claim lawyer can help with.
Filing a Claim
After your accident, as soon as you are able after seeking necessary medical attention, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will help you gather the information and documentation needed to file a claim with the insurance company. This may be your insurance company, the insurance company of the other party who was involved in the accident, or your employer’s insurance company if you were injured at work. Filing your claim properly the first time will go a long way toward getting you the compensation you seek.
Negotiating a Settlement
Your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company, going back and forth until a suitable settlement is reached. Your lawyer will ask for a certain amount, then the insurance company will likely counter offer. This negotiation process can go back and forth a few times before an agreement is reached. If an acceptable amount of compensation cannot be reached, a lawsuit may be filed.
Filing a Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to compensate you for the amount you think you deserve, your lawyer can file a lawsuit. A lawsuit will most likely result in a trial unless the insurance company decides to settle to avoid it. If your lawsuit goes to court, the information about your case will be presented in front of a judge or jury who will make a decision on the amount of your compensation.
Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Not just any lawyer has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you with a personal injury claim. You need a lawyer who knows the insurance claim process inside and out to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome. The Law Office of Joel A. Levine has helped many citizens of Austin, Texas and the surrounding area with insurance claims following accidents and injuries. If you need to file a personal injury claim, call (512) 982-1510 or contact us today.