If you have a case, but you don’t have money to hire an attorney, what should you do? Should you accept a settlement offer by the insurance company to settle your injury claim? Do you try to represent yourself and negotiate with the insurance adjuster for the other party?
The insurance company prefers that you represent yourself when settling your injury claim. Most individuals are unaware of the actual value of their claim or the laws related to accidents and injuries in California. Therefore, the insurance company can offer an amount that is much lower than the value of the claim if an attorney is not involved in advising the victim of his or her legal rights.
Don’t let a lack of money to hire an attorney stop you from receiving legal advice regarding your personal injury claim. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers accept most cases on a contingency fee basis. You can have an experienced, reputable injury lawyer, like a member of the legal team of the Tiemann Law Firm, protect your right to full compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
How Does a Contingency Fee Work?
Contingency fees are necessary for many people. After an accident, victims struggle to pay bills because they are out of work while they recover from their injuries. Some victims are unable to return to work for months, making it difficult to pay for their living expenses, much less hire an attorney to handle their personal injury claim.
A contingency fee allows the victim to hire an attorney without worrying about how to pay for an attorney. The attorney agrees to wait for payment of attorney fees until the case is settled. If the attorney does not recover money for the claim, the attorney does not charge a fee for legal services.
The attorney fee is based on a percentage of the settlement claim. When the case is settled, the attorney deducts the agreed upon percentage for attorney fees from the amount received before disbursing the money to the client. Attorneys also deduct the costs from the settlement proceeds and pay outstanding medical bills from the proceeds.
A contingency fee allows accident victims to have a legal team on their side to even the playing field. The insurance provider has a team of professionals working to protect its best interest. You deserve to have a legal team working to protect your best interests too.
Why Do You Need a Sacramento Injury Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case?
You are not required to hire an injury lawyer to settle a claim. However, it is in your best interest to consult an attorney before accepting a settlement. Once you sign a settlement agreement, you release the insurance company from further liability. In most cases, the settlement agreement releases all parties related to the claim of liability. If you discover additional damages or injuries, you cannot file another claim or lawsuit.
Therefore, it is crucial that you recover full compensation for all damages before you sign a settlement and release. The insurance company will not tell you if the amount is fair or if you are receiving less than you deserve. Only an experienced Sacramento injury lawyer will tell you if you are being treated fairly by the insurance company.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney Now
It does not cost you anything to meet with one of our lawyers. You can get the advice and guidance you need during a free consultation.