A person is entitled to compensation if he is injured due to another person’s or entity’s negligence. This claim can be obtained by signing a settlement out-of-court or through a lawsuit. While this sounds simple enough, it can often be difficult to decide if you need to hire a lawyer, or work out a settlement yourself.
There may be cases where you may not need a lawyer, especially if you live in a no-fault state, and the insurance company is already giving you the maximum amount for your insurance policy. Other than these, it is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer to ensure that you get your rightful claim.
Many people are reluctant to hire an attorney because they think that their injuries are minor enough. However, it may still be advisable to get a lawyer to help you in negotiations with the parties involved. This is particularly true in California, which is a “fault” insurance state. You would likely be needing help to establish the other driver’s fault, or clear yourself of it. Most insurance company will convince you to settle with the least amount of money, so you’ll need lawyers to make sure that you receive a reasonable and satisfactory settlement.
If you’re worried about not having enough to money to pay for legal services, don’t. Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency basis, which means that you don’t have to pay them unless your case is successful.