In this article, you will discover:
- The benefits of hiring an attorney at a smaller firm to handle your personal injury case
- The possibilities of your case going wrong if you hire the wrong attorney
- Additional helpful information about your personal injury case
You have better access to information on your case with a small firm. As previously mentioned, you can pick up the phone or come by the office. Another importance of a local office is that there’s a place to go when you have an immediate question and want to talk to somebody face-to-face. When you go to a big firm and just show up without an appointment, there may not be anybody who can speak with you. They can help you on your case, and they may send you away and tell you to come back later when they’ve got some time to visit with you. At our firm, because we’re smaller and when a case comes into our firm, everyone works on it. It doesn’t get assigned just to one or two people. So, suppose one of our clients comes into our firm. In that case, it’s more likely that they’re going to be able to get some immediate help because we’ve got the staff and the knowledge in the office to help you immediately when a problem comes up rather than make you set an appointment and wait until someone’s available for you.
Advantages Of Hiring A Lawyer Instead Of Attempting To Handle Your Case Independently
From what I’ve seen, the outcome will be more favorable for you if you hire an attorney. I always tell people you don’t know what you don’t know. It’s our job as your attorney to bring all the insurance coverage available to the table to help maximize getting your bills paid and putting the most amount of money in the pocket at the end of your claim. If insurance companies know you’re not represented, they will do things that are pretty shocking to try to settle your case cheaply. Still, they will do anything they can to recover any money paid out or devalue your claim to pay less, but won’t do that if you have an attorney because they know we’ll ultimately sue to keep them honest and protect your rights.
Insurance companies also know that we can and will sue if they don’t make a fair offer to one of our clients. Often, an individual person can sue on their own, and you don’t have to be a lawyer to file a lawsuit for yourself. But as previously mentioned, you don’t know what you don’t know, and once you file the lawsuit, you may not know what to do and how to pursue your case in court. The biggest stick is that if the insurance company gets out of line and doesn’t treat our clients fairly, we’ll file a lawsuit and make them answer to what their other driver has done to our client in court in front of a jury.
Common Complaints Or “Horror Stories” Resulting From Working With The Wrong Attorney
One of the complaints that I just heard recently involved how long it took another attorney to settle a case. In Arkansas, in most cases, you have three years from the accident date to either settle your claim or file a lawsuit. This couple came in the other day, and it had been almost three years, and they hadn’t talked to their attorney in two years. They were so worried because they knew the statute would run out, and they couldn’t get their attorney to call them back, return their messages, or give their case any attention. So, to go along with that, in a situation like that where their lawyer waits until almost three years is up, at that point, the only way to save the case and to keep the clock from running out is to file a lawsuit. It subjects the client in that situation to higher attorney fees, more costs, and more delays. It takes a long time for a case even to get ready to settle after a lawsuit’s been filed. And so that’s something that you want to stay away from is somebody who doesn’t treat your case with the value that it deserves because the case doesn’t get any more valuable for a client if it’s just sitting in a lawyer’s filing cabinet collecting dust.
That’s the main problem when I see people that hire lawyers that don’t do personal injury is that they sit on the case and don’t know how to move it forward to resolution. The problem I see with clients handling their own claims is that they make statements, not even realizing it from the very beginning that put them partially at fault. Still, clients usually settle their case for pennies on the dollar, or they’ve done a lot of damage to it to where we don’t have a choice but to file a lawsuit and go to court. And we can also help with setting expectations on the front end. Many people either think their case is worth way more than a jury would probably give them or way less than a jury would probably give them. So, we’ve seen cases in both settlement and court, and what cases are worth in our area, so we can help people understand the range of where their case should be valued and help work towards that. Many people who don’t have an attorney don’t know where to start and don’t know where to end, so they may be leaving money on the table or demanding an amount that probably wouldn’t be achievable in front of a jury. We can help manage that.
Additional Information And Advice
I would encourage people to get a free consultation. It costs you nothing to meet with an attorney for a free consultation. And if you need to have more than one, have more than one, but we offer free consultations here because people need to have a working understanding of the situation, and we are happy to explain how an attorney can help you with your car wreck claim. I would also advise people to ask their family, friends, and even their healthcare provider for recommendations on lawyers. Give them names of lawyers that you’re considering and see what they have to say. We’ve been around long enough that we have a lot of repeat clients and clients that have referred us to their friends and family. So ask around before you hire anyone, see if anyone knows who you’re considering hiring and if they have any advice or input to give you.
For more information on Personal Injury in Arkansas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you seek by calling (479) 337-7077 today.