WARNING: Your Word May be Used Against You
By attempting to settle your claim on your own, you incur the risk that you might do or say something that might permanently damage the case in some way. Even if you hire a lawyer later on, that lawyer is pretty much stuck with whatever has happened in the case to that point. If you make statements that contradict the medical records, or say something to the adjustor that reveals what amount you are willing to accept as a settlement, or seek out inappropriate treatment, this can make it virtually impossible for the lawyer to resolve the case for maximum value. Oftentimes the best thing an accident victim can do is to hire counsel immediately to act on her behalf. This helps to ensure that no mistakes are made and that everything is handled professionally, so the chances of recovering a satisfactory settlement are maximized.
If you have been severly injured and you are unsure about whether or not you should hire an attorney, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney about your options before you make the decision. If your injuries and damage is not significant, than in most cases, you will definitely be able to handle your claim ony our own. However, if there are any major injuries invovled, you will need a lawyer to maximize your settlement.
Seattle personal injury attorney Chris Davis offers a free, no obligation consultation. Your legal options will be explained to you in a straightforward manner and you will receive honest advice from legal experts at Davis Law Group. Call (206) 727-4000 to schedule a consultation. It is important to receive all of the facts before making a crucial decision that significantly impact your settlement amount.