Sustaining an injury due to the careless or negligent actions of another person is not something anybody wants to go through. However, there are times when an injury victim has to work with insurance carriers or file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover compensation. The team at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., wants to discuss the feasibility of a person handling a personal injury settlement on their own. Below, our Kansas City personal injury attorneys discuss some important points to consider.
The feasibility of handling a claim by yourself
The simple answer to the question, “Can I handle a personal injury settlement myself?” is yes. However, it is not likely that a person handling their own claim will end up securing the compensation they are entitled to. In fact, handling acclaim without an attorney could result in an injury victim receiving no compensation at all.
The simple truth of the matter is that insurance claims adjusters are very skilled at what they do, and they do not care whether you get a settlement or not. Insurance companies are “for-profit” entities that look to pay out as little as possible in each settlement they make. Worse, it the at-fault the party does not have insurance and you have to file a personal injury lawsuit, you can be sure the other side will have a skilled attorney.
Most injured individuals do not have the resources or experience to properly pursue a claim. A skilled Kansas City personal injury attorney will handle every aspect of your case so you do not have to. This includes:
- Gathering all evidence necessary to prove liability (video and photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more).
- Obtaining your medical records and ensuring that a trusted healthcare professional properly evaluate the full extent of your injuries.
- Calculating your total losses, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
- Vigorously negotiating with insurance carriers and other parties to secure the compensation you need.
Many people do not secure an attorney because they are afraid they cannot afford one. However, if an attorney thinks your case is winnable, they will usually operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs and will only owe legal fees after your attorney secures a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf.
We are ready to get to work on your behalf
If you or somebody you care about has been injured because of another person’s negligence or careless actions, speak to an experienced attorney immediately. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we are ready to get to work on your behalf so we can secure the following:
- Coverage of your injury-related medical expenses
- Any lost wages or benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the person who caused the injury