Were you in a car accident in Monroe, Georgia?
If so, you may be wondering whether you now need a lawyer. The answer? It depends on the complexity of your case and your expectations for what you want to recover.
SMALL DAMAGES CASES
If you were in a minor accident with a small amount of medical bills and property damage, you may not need need a lawyer to deal with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
For example, if you were in a minor rear-ender accident and went to the doctor only once and went to a couple of chiropractic sessions, your medical bills are not going to be very high most likely. The property damage to your car most likely is minor as well.
If the total amount of medical bills and repair costs for your car total around $1,000 or $1,200, you may be better off just trying to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company yourself. The reason being is a lawyer is going to charge 33% of any pre-lawsuit settlement and 40% of any lawsuit settlement or trial verdict.
If you simply wanted to be reimbursed for your medical bills and property damage costs, it would probably be smart to try to negotiate with the insurance company yourself starting out. If you start to feel the insurance company is not respecting you and is not offering reasonable amounts to settle your case, you should consider hiring a lawyer to get involved.
MID TO LARGE DAMAGES CASES
If you were in a car accident that caused more than just minor injuries or minor property damage to your car, you will likely need a lawyer.
Insurance companies negotiate and evaluate car accidents all day and every day. You will need a lawyer who is experienced in this type of law to negotiate on your behalf.
A good lawyer will know the value of your case and what is considered a reasonable settlement amount. A good lawyer will also know how to gather all the necessary evidence to maximize your case value. Furthermore, a good lawyer will be willing to put the case into a lawsuit and all the way to trial if needed.
CONTACT BARTLETT BENTON
If you were in a car accident in Monroe, Georgia and would like a free case evaluation, please call Bartlett at 770-365-6414.