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5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident

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No one expects to have their life turned upside down due to an accident. Many people believe that even in the event of an unexpected injury, they don’t need or couldn’t afford to hire a personal lawyer. However, skilled personal injury attorneys are trained to respond to each client compassionately and give each case the time and attention it deserves. You deserve to have someone on your side. We’ve collected the top reasons for hiring legal representation that everyone should consider.

Hiring an Attorney

  1. Understanding Your Rights – A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights applicable to your case. North Carolina, for example, is just one of four states that bars recovery through contributory negligence. This means that if you are even 1% at fault for an accident, you may not recover damages. An experienced legal professional can help you navigate this arcane law and other tricky legal situations.
  2. Maximized Settlement – A personal injury lawyer can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and protect you from their tactics to reduce or deny your compensation. They can also negotiate a better settlement for you, considering all your damages. The initial settlement offer from the insurer may be enough to cover your immediate expenses, get your car fixed, and maybe even throw in some extra cash for good measure. However, there is more than meets the eye. You may also incur future expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  3. Proven Experience – They can also advise you on the best course of action to take, whether it is filing a claim, negotiating a settlement, or going to trial. Maginnis Howard’s attorneys have over 40 years of trial experience and will only recommend the best course of action for you. Some law offices are only concerned with settling quickly, even if that means sacrificing a fairer settlement amount. It’s crucial that your attorney listens to your needs, understands your situation, and acts only in your best interest.
  4. Peace of Mind – A traumatic event can leave you physically and emotionally drained. Dedicating as much of your attention as possible to healing body and mind is essential. If you fight the insurance companies alone, you can take critical attention from the recovery process. Stress causes the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that can weaken the immune system. One study asserts stress can lengthen healing time by up to 25%. By hiring a personal injury attorney, however, you have one less thing on your plate.
  5. Contingency Fee Arrangement – A common misconception about hiring a personal injury attorney is that it’s unaffordable. Maginnis Howard offers a contingency fee arrangement for personal injury cases, meaning you don’t pay a fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. A contingency fee makes legal representation more accessible by removing the barrier of out-of-pocket costs.

We Can Help

A legal professional can help you navigate the legal system and get the most compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in an accident, contact the North Carolina offices of Maginnis Howard for assistance. We are conveniently located in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Fayetteville and travel to meet clients. Visit our contact page or send a message through our Live Chat service in the bottom corner of your screen.