You’ve just experienced a personal injury of some kind in Colorado, maybe even in our very own Montrose. Perhaps you were traveling down U.S. 50 and were involved in a car accident, or maybe a product you were using turned out to be defective. Maybe your injuries are so terrible that they’ve changed your life forever. Regardless of the circumstances, you’ve ended up here, wondering what to do next.
After you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury in Montrose that was caused by someone else’s mistake, you’re left with many questions. Topping the list may be the question of whether or not you should hire an attorney for your case.
While the decision to hire legal counsel is ultimately yours to make, we’re offering 10 strong reasons why it’s almost always in your best interest to hire an attorney. After you’re done reading, if you still have questions or feel that hiring an attorney is indeed in your best interest, contact Attorney Mark S. Rubinstein today. Having many years of experience in personal injury claims, he’s assisted the communities of Montrose and Western Colorado in a variety of personal injury situations and he’s ready to assist you, too.
1. Attorneys Have Legal Knowledge and Experience
Sure, this one is obvious. But never is it more important to have knowledge and experience on your side than when dealing with legal matters and greedy insurance companies. Attorneys have studied law, worked within the courts and other legal environments, and generally dealt with law on a daily basis. Unless you’re extremely well-versed in law – particularly the laws affecting your personal injury – there’s simply no comparison between handling your own case and having an attorney’s assistance.
2. Attorneys Offer Professionalism and Trusted Opinions
Attorneys are obligated to handle cases with legal professionalism and confidentiality. Also, they are literally experts in the field of law. So as you’re facing your personal injuries and the corresponding legal implications, who better to be by your side than someone who offers legal opinions that you can trust?
In the aftermath of an accident, sometimes victims’ fair judgments can go out the window. An attorney can help keep you grounded by offering truthful, experience-based legal opinions during a time when you’re already struggling with recovery.
3. Attorneys Have More Resources Available
It’s no secret that anyone working in one specific industry will, over time, develop ongoing relationships, contacts, and know-how within that industry. From the attorney’s perspective, these resources may include fellow attorneys, district attorneys and judges, medical professionals, law enforcement/government officials, and more from the Montrose area. Just by name recognition and reputation, attorneys can open the door to resources that would generally be unavailable to (or even unknown by) the general population. This can have a tremendous impact on your case.
4. Attorneys and Their Legal Staff Can Handle Everything
When we say everything, we really do mean everything. From filing documents to making calls or copies and everything in between, attorneys and the staff who work with them offer a lot of manpower to your case. Instead of letting your legal documents and research overtake your dining room table, as well as your life, while you stressfully comb through your entire case (and simultaneously teach yourself law), hiring at attorney means that you can focus completely on your recovery. Meanwhile, your attorney and his or her staff can do all the heavy lifting with paperwork, filings, and negotiations.
5. Attorneys Are Experts in Dealing with Insurance Companies
Unless you’ve already dealt with insurance companies and claims representatives, you may not fully understand just how stressful working with them can be. First and foremost, insurance companies are for-profit businesses that have financial bottom lines to protect. Even if you’re the world’s best insurance customer, one who has worked with a company loyally for years and always pays the bill on time, your insurance provider will still look out for its own best interest – perhaps at your expense.
Insurance companies are infamous for low-balling injury victims’ damages, or they may outright refuse to settle. That’s where an attorney can step in and insist on fair, legal treatment from the companies.
6. Attorneys Know When to Keep Pushing and When to Leave Well Enough Alone
When you receive offers from the insurance company for your claim, an attorney can determine (based on many calculations specific to your situation) whether or not that figure is sufficient for your current and future financial needs. Again, attorneys work with personal injury claims all the time, so they know when you’re receiving enough damages to cover current and future medical bills, lost income, property damage, etc., or when you’re just being duped.
Conversely, attorneys also know when a settlement is enough to help you recover. Because their aim should be to help you recover, receiving a fair settlement in a timely manner is better than continuing to fight when it’s not needed.
7. Attorneys Are Great at Trial
… if your case goes there (which we hope it doesn’t). But, when insurance companies or other attorneys are stubborn and refuse to work with victims toward a settlement, an experienced attorney is never afraid to take the case to court. Often, that’s exactly the push that insurance adjusters need to start playing fairly.
8. Handling Your Case Solo Can Actually Be More Costly
Because working with attorneys is known to garner higher settlements in less time, in reality, more time and money is lost when individuals choose to “go it alone” in a personal injury case.
Sometimes, our clients unfortunately learn this the hard way after they receive and accept a settlement that just isn’t enough. But, once a settlement is agreed to and accepted, the victim cannot ask for more money later on. This is why hiring an attorney is incredibly important: It’s vital to understand your injury and damages before anything is finalized.
9. Working with an Attorney Can Give You More Peace of Mind
Sure, peace of mind might not be at the top of your list of things to seek out right now, but that’s only because you’re overwhelmed with your personal injury. When you find the right attorney in Montrose for your case, it can make a world of difference for your recovery. And, you really can’t put a price on peace of mind after an accident.
10. A Free Consultation Means You Have Nothing to Lose
Not many things in life are free, so when they are, it begs the question: What do you have to lose? Choosing an attorney can be difficult. But with the option to consult with an attorney about your case, ask questions, and listen to their professional opinion for free, you can ensure that you make the right choice. So, what are you waiting for?
Contact Us Today
After experiencing a painful and expensive personal injury that wasn’t your fault, your best bet is to work with an attorney in Montrose who has the experience and know-how to handle these types of complicated cases. Contact Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., for a free consultation today. You can get started by calling 970-704-0888 or by contacting his office online.