As traumatic as a car accident can be, what happens afterward can be just as scary.
The other driver’s insurance company may try to bully you by denying the claim or by offering an embarrassingly small amount of money. It can be a nightmare trying to navigate the claims process to get your car repaired. You wish you could hire a lawyer to help, but money is tight.
Rest assured, you won’t have to pay any money out of your pocket to hire an injury lawyer.
Injury attorneys usually work on a contingency-fee agreement. This means that you do not pay an attorney unless he or she collects money for you. The fee structure is often 33% of settlement proceeds if your case is resolved without having to file a lawsuit and 40% if a lawsuit is filed. Injury attorneys will also pay for case expenses out of their pocket and will be reimbursed out of the settlement proceeds. It is a good idea for your attorney to have some “skin in the game” to ensure that he or she will work to maximize your recovery, thus maximizing their fees.
After a car accident, you might need to see a doctor or a chiropractor. If you don’t have medical insurance, this can mean paying out of pocket for a doctor’s visit. Fortunately, most injury lawyers work with medical professionals who are willing to treat clients based on a Letter of Protection (LOP). An LOP is a letter that assures the professional that their bills will be paid out of the settlement proceeds. This allows the client to receive the care they need without having to worry about paying for medical procedures or even medication.
Most people’s biggest concern after an accident is how they will get to work or get their children to school. Car repairs following a traffic accident can sometimes take as long as three weeks. With supply chain issues and a lack of parts, clients have been waiting even longer. What will you drive in the meantime? Do you have to pay for a rental car? Sometimes a client’s insurance policy will provide for a rental car after an accident. If yours does not, an injury attorney can help get you into a rental car. An attorney can advance funds to a client so that he or she may be able to rent a car. The attorney will be reimbursed for this advancement from the settlement proceeds.
As you can see, a car accident does not mean that you will be out thousands of dollars. You can leverage the value of your claim to help get your life back on track. An injury attorney has the tools to assist in this pursuit. He or she will work with the other driver’s insurance company to maximize the value of your case and ensure that you receive what you deserve. From the proceeds of your claim, you can pay your attorney, medical professionals, and any funds advanced for a rental car. Don’t let a lack of funds keep you from pursuing your claim against a negligent driver. Contact an injury attorney today.