There are certain areas of our lives where many people prefer to take a “do it yourself” approach, saving themselves money and sometimes hassle in the process. However, there are also certain situations where this DIY approach is not recommended whatsoever, and one great example is if you’ve been in a car accident and are looking to file a liability claim against another party to receive compensation for injuries you sustained.
This is one situation where you should virtually always be retaining the assistance of a quality personal injury attorney, and our team at the offices of William Rawlings & Associates is here to help. We offer quality attorney services for any kind of car accident you’re involved in within Salt Lake City, Draper, Provo and other parts of Utah, and we’ve helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve. Here are some of the major risks you’re taking if you attempt to resolve a car accident liability claim without the help of an attorney, plus why we strongly recommend against this approach if you want to get maximum compensation without hassle.
Major Mistakes – Including Those That Might Negate Compensation
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that the process for filing a claim and obtaining compensation for a car accident is not as simple or straightforward as it looks. The process can involve quite a bit of paperwork and leg work, plus there are laws that must be followed and specific pieces of evidence and information you need to provide in order to get your claim approved.
Failing to follow the law, present all necessary documentation, or provide accurate information can have serious consequences that directly impact your ability to receive the compensation you deserve. In many cases, it’s just too easy to make an accidental mistake that could be used against you in a liability case and end up costing you dearly.
Sacrificing Your Rights
In other cases, without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, you might make decisions and sign documents that directly impact your rights to compensation. We’ve seen far too many cases where people have accepted settlements or signed agreements with various parties before having a qualified legal professional review the information.
The unfortunate truth is that in some cases this led to situations where clients gave up certain rights of theirs without realizing it and ended up with far less than what they should have obtained. This is why oftentimes having a qualified attorney review the situation, documents and details pertaining to your case is essential.
Missing Vital Evidence
There might be several forms of evidence that could be used to help support your case, but it’s important that you have the experience and knowledge of a quality attorney by your side if you want to make sure all evidence is found, gathered and presented. If any critical pieces of evidence are missed, then this can severely jeopardize your claim or even negate it altogether.
For instance, you might not be aware of certain witnesses who could provide testimony that would be valuable to your case, or certain pieces of evidence that were overlooked. A quality attorney such as those at the offices of William Rawlings & Associates can ensure that all necessary steps and procedures are taken in order to identify and present all available evidence.
Being Hoodwinked By an Insurance Company
Remember, the goal of insurance companies during a liability claim is to pay out as little money as possible. This can sometimes include tactics on their part intended to convince you that a settlement for far less than what you deserve is your best option.
With the help of an experienced attorney, however, you can be sure that any settlement offer or agreement presented by another party is a fair one that won’t leave you short-changed.
At William Rawlings & Associates, we understand the complexities involved in filing and pursuing a liability claim for a car accident, which is why we’re committed to helping our clients receive the maximum compensation they deserve. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident or any other form of personal injury situation in SLC, Draper, Provo or any other part of Utah, we encourage you to contact us for legal assistance and peace of mind.