My son and I were rear ended a month ago. Car was totaled. Son has no injuries, I have shoulder and neck pain. Been seeing a phy.therapist. Seems like everythings going ok but wonders if I nee a lawyer for my missed wk of work my doc gave me off and pain and suffering. Other driver at fault on CHP report.
In most instances, you will do much better in your recovery with an attorney than without an attorney.
Just keep in mind that the amount of attorney's fees you are charged are fully negotiable. Although it is common practice, there is no law or rule that says you must pay an attorney by contingency fee, or a specific percentage contingency fee. Sometimes you can hire an attorney for a fixed rate, a hourly rate, or a much lower percentage contingency fee.
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After paying the percentage of attorney fees, you will still probably come out ahead using an experienced attorney.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree with Attorney Doland. An attorney will be able to maximize your damages, even if you think that the insurer is willing to bend over backwards.
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Yes you need a lawyer so that you can get the compensation you are entitled to.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
Research has shown that cases settle for an average of 50% higher when asserted by attorneys as opposed to non-attorneys. It's a no-brainer. Get a lawyer!
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