It is important to understand, at the outset, that the basic purpose of your personal injury case is to get you money. Money for your medical care, money to replace your lost earnings and money to compensate you for the ways in which your quality of life has suffered as a result of your injuries. In simple terms, you want to find a lawyer who is able to get you the most money for your case. You also want to find someone with whom you can feel comfortable and develop a positive working relationship.
It is also important to understand that insurance companies are not in the business of paying out money to whomever asks for it. They will in fact do everything they can to avoid paying you a dime for your case, no matter how serious your injuries are or how compelling your case is. If they have to pay you something, they will try to pay you as little as they possibly can.
They don’t care about your medical needs, about your lost earnings, about all the many ways in which this accident has changed your life or even about how bad the defendant’s conduct was that caused your injuries. They care about saving money.
The only way that you can get a fair amount of money for your case is to hire a good lawyer who can force the insurance company to pay it, either by taking the case all the way to trial or by demonstrating to the insurance company that they are better off paying a fair settlement than risking a trial.
There are basically two factors that determine how much money you will recover: (i) the facts of the case and (ii) how good of a lawyer you have. Even a great lawyer cannot do much with a lousy case, but, at the same time, a lousy lawyer can easily destroy a good case. The lousy lawyer may not even be able to tell the difference between a good case and a bad one.
So don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all that matters is how good of a case you have. The insurance company on the other side of the case won’t see it that way. They’ll want to know whether you have a lawyer who can see the case through to the end and force them to pay a fair amount of money. If you have a lousy lawyer, they will throw up as many roadblocks as they can until the lousy lawyer
gives up and forces you into accepting a paltry sum. There are thousands of horror stores out there of lawyers who took on cases that they had absolutely no idea how to handle or who completely abandoned their clients’ cases on the eve of trial. Fortunately, you have the ability to make sure you do not hire such a lawyer.
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All posts in the series: Introduction | How do personal injury cases work? | How do you tell a good lawyer from a not-so-good one? | Where do I look for a good personal injury lawyer? | How do I interview a personal injury lawyer? | What are red flags when hiring a personal injury lawyer? | What if I hired the wrong personal injury lawyer? | More Information