Insurance companies will do everything they can to keep you from getting a lawyer.
If you were injured in an accident in or near Salt Lake City, Utah or Provo, you need a lawyer.
Often, when people attempt to handle their own insurance claims they make minor mistakes. A single mistake in your accident or injury insurance claim can ruin your claim and lose your entire case. The insurance company is going to ask you every question they can and do everything they can in an effort to say the accident was your fault or that you are not entitled to as much money.
A lawyer becomes a shield between you and the insurance company — instead of asking you questions directly, the insurance company will have to go through your attorney. Also, the lawyer will know what common mistakes to avoid that could ruin your case.
By handling your insurance claim yourself you risk losing it. Additionally, many complex laws in Utah affect how much money you are entitled to from the other driver of the accident. Navigating through these laws is a difficult and complex process and often involves researching cases similar to yours that have gone through the courts.
According to a Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims in 1999, injured victims received an average of 40% more money when hiring an attorney to represent them when compared to representing themselves. (“Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims,” Insurance Research Council, 1999, pg. 45-52).
As you have probably noticed, the insurance company handling your claim is doing everything it can to keep you from hiring an attorney. The reason the insurance company tells you not to get a lawyer is because it benefits the insurance company at your expense. Insurance companies hope you make mistakes on your claim so they can deny it or pay less than they should on it. The longer you delay getting an attorney, the more likely a mistake will be made.
The answer to whether you need a lawyer after an accident is: yes, you really do need an attorney if you have been involved in an accident near Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, or Nephi, Utah.
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