10 Reasons Why You Must Have A Car Accident Lawyer
There are millions of lawyers in the world, hundreds of thousands in the United States, tens of thousands in South Carolina and hundreds of lawyers in your city. The car accident lawyers are the most visible, with catchy slogans, jingles, billboards, TV ads and lots of ways for you to notice them. Why so many lawyers, because the need is so great. It is well known that insurance companies force us all to get insurance and pay our insurance premiums every month, even if nothing happens that month. We don't get a refund of all of our premiums if we as motorists don't get into an accident, but we can face criminal charges if we don't pay and maintain our insurance. However, at The Woods Law Firm, we know what to do.
Now, let's say for example that you get into an accident where you are hurt because someone runs a stop sign and T-Bones your car. You may have pain, suffering., lost wages and potentially a really big hospital bill. Who is going to pay for that if it is not your fault and how are you going to make sure that you get the most money possible for your injuries and get back to your home and work life? The LAWYER you choose. So, without further delay, here are the Top Ten Reasons You Must Have a Car Accident Lawyer:
Reason # 1:
A LAWYER WILL DO ALL OF THE WORK FOR YOU
If you are the victim of an accident, meaning somebody else ran into you and the police report said that it was not your fault, you may have a claim for damages. The person who hit you, or his or her insurance company, should have to pay for your property damage (car repair) and you bodily injury (broken bones or hurt body parts). It's only fair that they do so, they hit you after all while you were just driving along the road. The insurance company for the other person may try to say that is not the other person's fault entirely or that you were not hurt to the extent that you claim that you were. Who is going to prove them wrong and make them come up with the money to fairly compensate you? You guessed it, your lawyer. A lawyer from The Woods Law Firm can help you get the compensation that you are entitled to by successfully resolving your case. It's not your fault, so why should you have to suffer the indignity of talking to the insurance claims adjusters who are trying to pay you less and the medical provider who is trying to charge you more. A lawyer will do all of the work for you, that is what they are there to do.
A LAWYER GETS PAID ONLY WHEN YOU GET PAID
The way the attorney's fee is calculated is simple. The lawyer receives 1/3 of the total recovery you receive. However, in really difficult cases the amount can be from 33.33 % to 40 %. Why do they get this much money you may ask? The lawyer must take on your case and received nothing until they win your case for you. There are times when your case can be settled in less than 6 months, but usually it takes a year or more before you can recover. During this time the lawyer must pay for experts in your case, do depositions (recorded question and answer sessions that can take hours or days), pay for your medical records, nurses and doctors to review them carefully, and carry all costs for the case which can run into the thousands. If they do not win your case, they do not get paid and neither you nor the lawyer wants that to happen. The lawyer thereby invests his or her time, money and energy into you to be a partner in your defense. They are the generals on your legal and medical battlefield that plan and execute your declaration of war against all who want to keep you from getting just compensation. If you win your valid case, justice is done and both you and the lawyer progress and feel good about the win.
THE ATTORNEY WILL WORK TO GET YOU THE MAXIMUM SO THAT YOU GET MORE MONEY FOR YOUR ACCIDENT
Since the attorney is getting a contingency fee (1/3 to 40 percent) of the maximum recovery, they work hard to get you the maximum amount of compensation. If your medical bills total $30,000, someone has to pay that bill. Here is how having an attorney can benefit you.
Example: John is involved in an accident where he is not at fault. John has medical bills of $30,000. The insurance company offers John only $40,000 to settle quickly. John feels the case is worth more than that and hires and attorney. If the attorney gets John a maximum recovery of $150,000, then John gets more money with an attorney than without one and the law firm does all of the legal work. Here is what John's recovery would look like:
Maximum Recovery $150,000
Less Medical Bills -$30,000
Less Attorney's Fees -$50,000
Less Case Expenses -$ 7,000
Amount to John after all bills paid $63,000.
John has recovered $63,000 for his accident. If had of accepted the insurance company's offer, he would have gotten only $10,000 after he paid his $30,000 medical bill and this amount would still be subject to some of the case expenses for things such as medical records and lost time at work. John got at least $53,000 more than he would have received on his own because he hired a good attorney, with no insurance or medical company frustration and NO money out of his own pocket.
THE LAWYER CAN HELP YOU LESSEN THE IMPACT OF YOUR LIABILTY
What does this mean? Glad you asked, here it is. Let's say for example your tail light was out or your lights were not all the way on when you were hit in your accident. The insurance company for the other driver may try to deny liability of all of some of the claim. However, if the driver of the other car was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your fading headlight does not prevent you getting compensated for your legitimate injuries. The lawyers at Woods Law Firm understand this nuance in the law and can help you get the recovery your deserve. This attention to detail is what you hire a lawyer for in the first place.
YOU DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS HEADACHE
If you a friend, family member or loved one has just had a bad day and got into an accident, it always comes at a bad time. Why? The truth is that absolutely nobody wants to be in an accident. An accident, be definition, is something that is not intended, it was as the name states, an accident. If you have been hurt, the first thing you want to do the next day is to feel better, not worse. However, the insurance companies and the courts are not concerned with your speedy physical recovery. The insurance company wants to pay as little as possible and the courts want to schedule a case for their court docket.
The law provides that you must file certain legal actions and claims within a specified time limit. If you do not file within that time limit, you may lose your right to sue for damages and recover. The deadlines often come during the very time period that you are trying to get better. The calls from the insurance company will come usually the same day or the next day of your accident. Do you really want to be fielding phones calls in the hospital, or trying to remember facts and details while you are on your pain medication. The insurance company hopes that you do, so that you can make a mistake which may lessen the amount that they need to pay you. The insurance companies also want to talk to you BEFORE you get an attorney, so they call you quickly BEFORE you have had a chance to consult with a lawyer and learn your rights. Get a free phone consultation with a lawyer at The Woods Law Firm and know your rights before you sign them away to an insurance company. We can represent you and make sure all of your documentation, reporting and paperwork is filed properly and the insurance and court deadlines are followed. Let us worry about these legal headaches, while you rest and recuperate.
We know that you have a lot of things to do other than deal with more stress after an accident. Call us at 864-810-0384 and get the answers that you need so that you can sleep better at night. Its not your fault that you got into an accident, it should not be your problem to deal with.
YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO SETTLE AND WHEN TO FIGHT
It is a fact, most cases settle before trial. The insurance companies however, have billions at their disposal and can wait years to settle, you have to get back to living your life. The insurance companies either try to settle quick for cheap or drag a case out in an attempt to wear you down. They have nothing better to do than to pay the least that they possibly can. How do you know what is a good settlement? How do you know how much your can recover? How do you even know what you are entitled to ? It is true that you may not know the answers to these questions, but the lawyers at The Woods Law Firm know the answers to these and many other questions. If it is in your best interests to settle, then we can do that, however, if it is in your best interests to fight the case and take it to trial, we are ready, willing and able to do that too. Don't face a huge insurance company alone, fight with authority and hire smart, responsive lawyers who know how to win cases.
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE AND YOU CAN ONLY SUE ONCE
In life, there are restarts, repositioning, life pivots, but there are NO DO OVERS. When you were a kid, you might have loved or hated videogames. The good thing about videogames was that if you were killed or injured on a game like Street Fighter, PAC MAN, or Call of Duty, you could always get a new life, start the stage over again or just restart from the beginning. Unfortunately, in life, whatever happened yesterday has already happened, we have to respond to what happens today and attempt to live and plan for tomorrow. When it comes to your car accident case, you only have a certain amount of time to sue for damages, if you don't meet the time deadlines, you can't start over, you will have lost your right to sue. If you make too many mistakes in the retelling of your case, you can block your recovery and lose so its important to get things right the first time. If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you cannot undo it, but you can try to make sure you get the best recovery possible to protect you and your family for the future.
YOUR LAWYER IS THE ONLY ONE ON YOUR SIDE WITH THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR CASE
We know that people have the best intentions when your friends or family give you accident advice on your case, but unless they are lawyers and unless they are lawyers hired to represent you on your case, they may not be prepared to handle the complexities of your accident case. Likewise, your lawyer should understand that you don't know the complexities of your case and you should be prepared to explain in simple terms, what may happen in your case. We are trained as personal injury lawyers, therefore it is our job to know how to handle your auto accident case. If you want your entire plumbing system unclogged, call a plumber, if you need your new car fixed after the engine blows up, call a skilled mechanic. If you need a lawyer, call us at 864-810-0384. After an accident, we know what to do next.
YOU MAY NEED COMPENSATION FOR FUTURE MEDICAL BILLS
When you are injured in an auto accident, your pain could last weeks, months or years. How do you know how long you may need medical treatment in the future? A lawyer at The Woods Law Firm can calculate the “future medicals” in your case and help you recover the money you need for those future medical bills, including pain and suffering, lost wages and medical treatments needed in the future. If you need long-term care, you need lawyers who know how to structure settlements that can provide for this type of care. Call us today to talk about your case and get the peace of mind that comes from being properly educated on your accident case.
WE WORK FOR YOU, NOT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES
It is our job to try to win your case and we take our jobs seriously. We will endeavor to do everything in our power to win your case for you and your family. Our mission is to provide you with exceptional client service, smart and responsive lawyers and a commitment to you as our client to work hard on your case. We are proud of our dedication to our clients and at our firm we will work hard to help you get your life back. If you need help, call us at 864-810-0384 for a free phone consultation and get one step closer to getting your life back. Also, you may visit our website at www.thewoodsfirm.com. We work quickly and we are glad to help.
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