Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You can negotiate your auto accident or personal injury claim on your own, but there are good reasons why you might not want to.
I can take the burden off of you. You can let me deal with the insurance companies to maximize your personal injury claims while you get back to living your daily life. Remember, it is the insurance company's job to pay you as little as possible when you've been injured. They will tell you whatever they think you need to hear to drive down your settlement. They will tell you that you don't need a personal injury lawyer to help you. The personal injury lawyer will only complicate matters and take your money. Nothing could be farther from the truth. To maximize your recovery, you need an experienced lawyer who knows how the insurance companies evaluate claims. As someone who used to work for those insurance companies, I know the tricks they use.
I can help you maximize your settlement and, if the insurance company refuses to make an offer that is fair, I can take your case to trial and we can let a jury decide. I can provide you with a free consultation and explain the process to you.
When Should I Call an Auto Accident or Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you've been injured by the negligence of another, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. I give free consultations and case evaluations. You do not pay unless and until I prevail and obtain a recovery for you.
Above all else, and despite what they tell you, you should never give any statements to the insurance companies without consulting a lawyer first. You should never assume an insurance company will protect your rights. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help make sure all potential sources of coverage are known and available and help get your medical expenses and wage loss covered.
Once hired, I will immediately begin to investigate the claim, preserve relevant evidence and communicate directly with the insurance companies so that you do not have to.
What Happens if the Other Driver Doesn't Have Insurance?
Many victims of car accidents and other negligently caused injuries think that they do not have a claim if the other driver was uninsured. However, if you have uninsured motorist coverage you may be compensated for your pain and suffering and your medical bills and lost wages may be covered too.
I will check your insurance policy or call your insurance agent to see if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Will There be a Trial?
The vast majority of car accident or other injury cases do not go to trial. However, you should have an experienced personal injury trial lawyer on your side, one who knows Portland, Oregon and what jurors do, in the event that your case does not settle.
I treat every case as though it will go to trial so that I am prepared to maximize your recovery. I am not afraid to go to trial and the insurance companies know the lawyers who are.