The thought of dealing with an insurance adjuster can be nerve-wracking. They hold the keys to your compensation. Will they trust what you say, or will they try to deny you money you need after your accident? With one of our car accident lawyers in Johns Island on your side, you won’t have to deal with them.
Once you have a lawyer on your side, insurers know they have to play by the rules. The attorneys at Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward know their strategies, and we know how to counter them. If you try to negotiate with them on your own, chances are you’ll lose more than you think.
The Role of the Insurance Adjuster in Car Accident Claims
An insurance adjuster’s job is to investigate your claim to see if it’s accurate or not by looking for evidence. In the best light, insurance adjusters protect companies from fraudulent claims and confirm your story. But that’s not their actual job.
Their actual job is to save the insurance company money by reducing the value of your case. In at-fault states like South Carolina, no insurance adjuster will be on your side. Even filing on your own insurance, like for an uninsured motorist claim, can be fraught.
If you’re approached by an adjuster, only give the pure facts of the case and do not give any conjecture. Be honest about your state of health, even if it sounds rude. If you already have a lawyer, direct the adjuster to them. Otherwise, get one as soon as possible so that you can protect your interests.
How Can I Afford a Car Accident Lawyer?
Lawyers have a reputation for being expensive, and that’s true for some areas of law. It’s not true for personal injury. Personal injury lawyers use a contingency fee system instead of an hourly rate. This system puts legal representation in the hands of everyone.
Here’s how it works. When you agree to a contingency contract, you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case. If you win, we take a percentage of the total compensation. If you lose, you owe us nothing.
There is no harm in seeing a lawyer for a consultation, or even more than one. You don’t have to go with the first lawyer you talk with, and consultations are free. The worst they can say is that your case is too weak to win.
What Happens After I Hire a Johns Island Car Accident Lawyer?
After you hire one of our Johns Island car accident lawyers, we will get to work gathering evidence to prove your version of the facts is the correct one. We’ll ask you for information about your case to get started and give you legal advice so that you don’t jeopardize your case.
After that, you get to focus on healing and recovery while we get to work. Our lawyers will keep you informed of any case progress. If you get a settlement offer, we will see if it’s a fair amount and advise you on whether it’s worth it or if you should hold out for more.
Most car accident cases do not go to trial. They get settled before then. This means you get your money back much faster. However, if the insurance company doesn’t budge, we will do what it takes to get the compensation you truly deserve in court.
How Much Can I Receive From My Car Accident?
Every accident case has its own set of circumstances, so every car accident settlement is unique. When you get an estimate, it’s based on whatever evidence your lawyer has plus their experience in similar past cases. The evidence could show you’re owed compensation for:
- Car repairs
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Non-economic damages (e.g. pain and suffering)
The goal of a claim or a lawsuit is to make you ‘whole’ again, which means to bring you as close as possible to how you were before your accident through compensation. This is just a small sample of the many reasons for compensation.
Our lawyers can tell you what you may be eligible for at your compensation, then calculate the exact amounts once they’ve done an investigation of your case.
Retain a Johns Island Car Accident Lawyer Today
You have a three-year deadline from your accident to sue, but it’s always better to start early so that your lawyer can build a strong case. If you’re ready to get started, contact MDSW Legal at the number at the top of this screen. You may also contact us via email through our contact page. Get a free consultation with a Johns Island car accident attorney today.