If you find yourself toiling with the question—Should I hire a personal injury lawyer? You’re not alone—it’s something people often wonder about. The National Law Review reports that 77% of people with a legal problem didn’t seek counsel in 2018. Instead of hiring a lawyer to deal with financial compensation, they preferred to let the insurance companies duke it out.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances—typically after Jackson Hagood, Personal Injury Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia, win your case—they don’t collect a fee disproportional to your take-home pay. The amount of $$$ you bring home should not be less than your attorney fees at Jackson Hagood. Plus, they only receive payment at the end of your case from the settlement with the Insurance Company.
“It doesn’t cost a client any money up front to retain our services.” – Attorney William Hagood
The bottom line: if you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, in most cases choosing to hire a personal injury attorney may help you recover more for damages from an individual or insurance company because insurance companies most likely will lowball you.
The choice is yours
Slip & fall accidents, concussions, dog bite injuries, premises liability, tractor-trailer wrecks, and wrongful death claims can be complex. They are challenging to navigate without a qualified attorney. Finding the right attorneys is often as simple as a good referral from a family member or friend.
For some people, avoiding lawyer fees at all costs seems logical, especially in the heat of the moment. It negates the tedious task of interviewing law firms, meeting lawyers for transparency and deciding if their prices are valid and equal to the value of your case.
Feeling confident about legal choices is hard when stressed about what to do after an accident. In a world of instant gratification and a quest to avoid pain at any cost, including making decisions when it’s too late, consider these two questions before deciding to negotiate for yourself:
- Is practicing patience with a bar-certified legal professional the way to go and worth it to you?
- During an emergency, after an injury accident, do you have the ability to advocate for yourself without a professional, to ask for what you need, and to forecast future expenses?
Don’t give up
Without knowing the specifics of your new or old case, it’s crucial to consider your options before jumping ship and trying to represent yourself. Before you cut your losses and run for the Red Hills of Georgia, let’s look at a few things to ponder.
According to a study conducted in 2020, there are 1.3 million lawyers in the U.S.—that’s 4 lawyers for every 1000 residents in the U.S. Therefore, it’s essential to consider a firm that offers a free consultation.
Zero-cost consultations are a risk-free guarantee to get relevant legal advice. Knowing how a firm’s “contingency fee agreement” works is critical information. This helps people feel a little better about whether or not a lawyer is in it to win it for you or take your money and run. Typically, the industry-standard contingency fee is 33.33% before litigation/filing a lawsuit, and the fee increases to 40% once a lawsuit has been filed.
Concierge Law Services
Finding out how your future lawyer communicates is a big deal. Are they transparent if you can’t text your lawyer or meet with them remotely? Many attorneys are adopting a 24/7 concierge approach to give you more access and meet them anywhere in a way that works for you. Of course, you’ll still need to meet in person at some point, but knowing how to access your lawyer can relieve unnecessary stress.
What is the role of a personal injury lawyer?
In a nutshell, the best reason to hire a lawyer is so they can walk you through the logistics of recovering what you’ve lost and get you to the other side of your injuries. Their primary focus should be on recovering expenses, lost wages, and compensation for any pain and suffering you’re enduring.
Wikipedia describes pain and suffering as the legal term for the physical and emotional stress caused by an injury, including aches, temporary and permanent limitations on activity, potential shortening of life, depression or scarring.
Jackson Hagood, your personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia, has recovered more than $41 Million for their clients in the last 8 years. Improve your chances of getting a better settlement today, and schedule an expedited consultation with Will Hagood & Jacob Jackson.