This is a topic that frequently comes up during casual conversations and something we are asked during initial case evaluations with potential clients. There is a lot of mixed information out there, especially if you are speaking with an insurance adjuster. Generally, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney after being seriously injured in an accident has been shown to result in larger settlements than without an attorney. This isn’t our opinion, but are the results from an in-depth study that was conducted.
In 1999, the Insurance Research Council conducted a study that compared settlements of car accident cases for accident victims who hired lawyers with accident victims that represented themselves. The study established that people injured in accidents who hired a personal injury attorney recovered larger settlements than those without a lawyer. This study concluded that accident victims with a personal injury lawyer received 3.5 times more money in accident case settlements. So, applying these results, if someone was injured in an accident caused by someone else and settled his claim for $10,000, the study suggests that, with a personal injury attorney, he could have received $35,000 (3.5 times more).
Insurance companies and their adjuster are well aware of this study. This is why, sometimes, adjusters may tell you that you don’t need a lawyer. We have been told by clients that some adjusters have even told them that hiring a lawyer may result in them receiving less money because attorney fees and expenses will be deducted from any settlement. In fact, we recently met with a woman who was injured in a car accident in Framingham, MA who said this is exactly what she was told by the insurance company. The study, however, has clearly shown that hiring an attorney will likely get you more money, even after deducting the lawyer’s fees.
Therefore, if you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should consult with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney. Find out what an experienced injury lawyer can do for you to help get the money you deserve for your injuries.
Speak With an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, you should at least consult with an experienced attorney and get the legal advice you need and an expert evaluation of your case.
The Framingham personal injury attorneys at Mahaney & Pappas, LLP offer complimentary consultations where we will evaluate your case and provide you with a fair valuation of your accident claim. We offer contingent fee agreements on car accident cases, which means you don’t pay us anything unless and until we get you the money you deserve for your injuries.
To speak with someone on our legal team or to schedule your free meeting, please call 508-879-3500 or contact us online.