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What are 3 benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney?

Auto accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. If you were injured in an accident with an at-fault driver here in San Jose, you will need to file a claim for damages in order to recoup any losses from the collision.

You may be tempted to handle your own personal injury claim after getting hurt. While some very minor claims may be effectively managed by the claimant, there are major benefits to retaining an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.

Below are three main benefits of retaining counsel to represent you after an accident:

  • Your claim is handled by a legal professional who thoroughly understands the claims process.

When you attempt to handle your own claim, you will be going up against corporate attorneys who know every trick in the book to deny and low-ball personal injury claims. It's a David-versus-Goliath scenario that you will likely not win.

A personal injury attorney, on the other hand, has an intimate understanding of the legal process involved with getting you the maximum value for your claim. They will ensure that the proper documents are timely filed to avoid your missing out due to the statute of limitations running out.

Your claim may not settle immediately, which means that it will typically head to either mediation or litigation. At this point, trying to manage the claim yourself is a really bad idea, as you will need to know and understand California's personal injury laws quite well to prevail. Don't watch your case get dismissed due to a technicality because you misunderstood the legal procedures that must be followed.

  • From discovery rules to filing deadlines, your attorney will know how to keep your claim moving forward.

Insurance companies love when claimants try to handle their own claims. They realize that the average claimant will have little idea of the true value of their claim. They may inundate your with copious discovery requests that leave you bewildered. They also can slow-walk a claim until you are so desperate to settle that you take whatever is offered.

A personal injury attorney doesn't put up with such shenanigans. They will use the court to hold insurance companies accountable, including denying requests for production that are invasive and not germane to your case. If the insurance company drags its feet too much, your attorney will file suit against them.

  • Your attorney can provide you with necessary emotional support.

The more serious the injury, the more shattered you may be emotionally, especially in the case of a wrongful death claim. You may be deposed by the defense or have to testify in court. Your San Jose personal injury attorney can provide advice and counsel for the best possible outcome for your current and future situation.

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