If you got hurt in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, the insurance company’s claims adjuster might tell you that you do not need to hire a lawyer to help you go after compensation. What they do not tell you is that the insurance company has hundreds of lawyers working for them.
California law does not force you to work with an attorney on your injury claim, but doing so can be a smart decision. A California motorcycle injury attorney can provide many benefits to you on your case. Let’s explore the reasons why you might want to hire an attorney after a motorcycle accident.
Even the Playing Field
As we already mentioned, the insurance company has hundreds of lawyers working for them. These attorneys, investigators, claims adjusters, and other insurance company employees work full-time looking for ways to deny your claim or pay you less money than you deserve. That is their job. It seems unfair that they would try to trick you into not even having one lawyer on your side.
No Upfront Legal Fees
Personal injury cases like motorcycle accident injury claims get handled on a contingency fee basis. What that means to you is that you do not have to pay any legal fees upfront or periodically during the case. Your lawyer waits until the end of the matter and then gets a pre-agreed percentage of the settlement or court award for their attorney fees. If you do not win, you do not owe your lawyer any money for legal fees.
Avoid Questionable Tactics of the Insurance Company
When an injured person does not have a lawyer, the claims adjuster might be tempted to try shady techniques, like making a lowball offer or even blaming you for the collision. The adjuster is less likely to do things like this when you have a lawyer fighting your battles for you. If the adjuster tries tricks like this, your attorney can protect you.
Prevent Pitfalls Like Missing the Filing Deadline
California limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and other losses. If your case has not settled and the statute of limitations, also known as the filing deadline, expires, you will lose all right to compensation from the at-fault party. The insurer will no longer negotiate with you because they have no legal liability at that point.
Most people are unaware of the statute of limitations that applies in their case. You do not have to worry about the filing deadline when you have an attorney, because they know the statutes of limitations.
You Get to Focus on Your Health and Recuperation
Negotiating with an insurance company and doing all of the many tasks of filing an injury claim can be quite stressful. If you try to handle your claim on your own like a DIY project, you have to do all this work for yourself. On the other hand, if you hire an attorney to handle your injury claim or a lawsuit, you get to focus on getting better because the lawyer is taking care of everything else. These are just a few examples of the many reasons that it could be in your best interest to work with a California personal injury attorney on your motorcycle accident injury claim. For help with your case get in touch with our office, we offer a free consultation.