Published On February 9, 2019 | By Rocco Agwu | Law

The first thing that comes to the mind of many victims after suffering an injury is to call their insurance company. Unfortunately, this is not always a good idea. In a bid to protect their bottom line, insurance companies will often try to take advantage of you and propose an unfair settlement. Sometimes, they may refuse to pay you altogether, claiming that you were at fault.

Hiring a DC law attorney who specializes in personal injury cases is your best shot at getting the justice you deserve. Your lawyer will always have your interest at heart because, in the end, your win is their win too. Remember, a majority of personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency fee basis, meaning, you won’t need to pay anything until you recover a settlement for your injury, which explains why the lawyers fight tooth and nail until you are adequately compensated. Here are other reasons to call your attorney before the insurance company:

They have your interest at heart

As stated above, your lawyer is always on your side. Insurance companies worry about staying in business and making profits. When you place your claim with an insurance company, it means you want them to spend money to cover your expenses, which doesn’t enhance (or add value to) their bottom line. This explains why they will do everything in their power to pay you less than you deserve, or refuse to pay you altogether. Your personal injury attorney, on the other hand, only gets paid when you win, so, it’s in their interest to ensure that the insurance company pays you a maximum amount for your damages.

Insurance companies have high flying lawyers on their side

Insurance companies have the resources to hire the best lawyers in the game – you don’t stand any chance winning a case against them. As soon as you call them, they will send out their lawyer, to try and get an account of what led to your injury. But as you know, anything that you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. Having a lawyer in your corner will help ensure you don’t provide any implicating information. Your lawyer will also remind you of your rights as a victim and a citizen.

Your lawyer will provide legal advice

After an injury, you may feel confused, overwhelmed or even lost. And since you don’t deal with personal injury cases every other day, you may not be aware of how to go about the process or what to do next. Calling your lawyer is the best way to ensure that you have all the necessary information surrounding the accident preserved.

The presence of an attorney means there’s a possibility of litigation

Insurance companies deal with personal injury cases frequently – so they understand that many victims aren’t well versed with how the game goes, and end up issuing unrealistic offers. However, when you lawyer up, they know that there’s a possibility of going to court, and this will nudge them to consider your proposal.

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