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Top 3 Reasons People Hesitate When Hiring a Missouri Auto Accident Attorney

Top 3 Reasons People Hesitate When Hiring a Missouri Auto Accident Attorney

People frequently hesitate to hire a lawyer. They think that they may be able to save themselves undue hassle by resolving their claim on their own. However, a poorly handled claim can cost you, the accident victim, more stress. It may also cost you full and fair compensation.

Are you hesitating to contact a Missouri car accident lawyer for any of these common reasons?

  1. You think it may cost you too much to hire a lawyer to help with your claim

You may have heard from friends or family that hiring a lawyer is expensive. Or, you may be worried that you could lose a portion of your settlement when you could have resolved the claim yourself.

The benefits typically outweigh the costs. An experienced lawyer can help you maximize the value of your claim.  An experienced lawyer may be able to uncover insurance coverage that you never would have known was available. Even after legal fees, this is often more than you would receive by going it alone.

  1. You think the insurance companies are working with your best interest in mind

You are a trusting person and believe that the vast majority of people are kind and good-natured.  Often, the insurance adjuster handling your claim will approach you with a smile and promise to do their best to get you compensated for your damages.  You want to believe them.

Don’t!  This can be a dangerous trap, and is one that many accident victims fall into. It is important to remember that the insurance adjuster is working with the best interest of their company in mind, and you and your family are second. Their primary goal is to save their company money and find ways to avoid having to pay you full and fair compensation.

  1. You do not want to risk looking greedy after an accident

You did not ask to get into this accident. Now, you must pay high costs for someone else’s mistake. While you know you should not have to pay for the damages and expenses that came as a result of the accident, you do not want to push your limits and look greedy by asking for full and fair compensation.

Although you may feel uncomfortable asking for fair compensation, it is the job of the insurance company to provide you with the financial compensation to cover damages from your car accident. The insurance company has a responsibility to give you the financial support you need to pay the costs that came as a result of the other driver’s negligence. Asking for this money is not greedy; it is fair.  

You have never anticipated needing a lawyer. Most people don’t. Hesitating to contact a lawyer is normal for a lot of people. You do not want to escalate a situation unnecessarily, but you do want to protect your family and loved ones.

Hesitating to contact a lawyer after a serious accident or trying to file an insurance claim on your own may be far more costly than you may realize.

Remember, lawyers fight on your behalf to settle your case fairly and justly. They are your advocate.  Hiring an attorney allows you to avoid the burden of negotiation while helping you get fair and just compensation after your accident.

With a lawyer on your side, you reduce your risk of losing money that you will need to pay medical bills and expenses. With the experience and knowledge of a Missouri car accident attorney on your side, you get help understanding the fair value of your car accident claim.

The forgoing article is an excerpt from a special report written by Attorney Duane Randle of Price & Randle, LLC.  This report contains a discussion of many of the real issues that face people hurting after a serious accident.