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Three Ways Accident Victims Lose When They Don’t Have a Lawyer

Being in an accident can change everything about your life. The incident itself is traumatic enough, but unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. Following an accident, there are often medical bills to deal with, insurance companies to speak to, and vehicle damage to repair. 

All of these things can feel overwhelming, especially if the accident has severely damaged you in some way, be it physically, emotionally, or financially. Attempting to juggle everything by yourself rarely works out in your best interest. 

Contacting an attorney can feel intimidating, but it is almost always the best course of action. Accident victims that don’t contact a lawyer are more likely to be taken advantage of.

Not Knowing What Their Case is Truly Worth

A competent lawyer can tell you what your damages are worth. Damages can include medical expenses, vehicle damage, disability, disfigurement, and pain and suffering. Without previous experience, it is difficult to assign a monetary value to these somewhat abstract concepts, especially pain and suffering. 

Additionally, not all injuries and damages are immediately apparent. Something that looks small on the outside may have caused severe internal damage. This can be true for both your body and your vehicle.

Without the experience an attorney provides, you may accept a settlement much less than the value of the compensation you actually deserve.

Trusting Your Insurance Adjuster’s Word

It makes sense that insurance companies would be on your side. You give them your hard-earned money every month, and in turn, they promise to protect you in case of an accident. Unfortunately, your insurance company isn’t your friend. You may have to fight for the protection they’ve promised you.

Insurance companies want to make a profit and they will do whatever they can to deny your claim or push you to accept a quick, lowball settlement. Without the help of someone who knows the intricacies of the law, it is difficult to get the compensation you deserve.

Missing Your Chance to Sue

With personal injury suits, there are no do-overs. You have one shot to get it right. Courts don’t make moral judgments. They make their decisions based on the information presented, and how that information is presented, on the day of the hearing.

If you file your suit late or present your information incorrectly, you can lose your chance at any compensation. Worse, you may be subject to costs and fees for an accident that wasn’t your fault. You could be stuck paying for your medical bills and vehicle repair, all because you didn’t let a lawyer represent you.

Don’t Lose Out on Your Accident Claim

If you or someone you love have suffered a car accident in Louisiana, don’t try to handle it all by yourself. At Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers, our experienced accident attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. 

When you’re ready to reach out, we’re here to help. We offer free consultations to new clients who want to know more about how a lawyer can help them. Give us a call at 225-387-2323 or complete the following online contact form.