Many accident victims are reluctant to hire personal injury attorneys, figuring that they could easily settle their case themselves and avoid paying attorneys’ fees. Most personal injury attorneys try to settle cases out of court, which can save the victims time and money. Lawsuits can take years and can cost the accident victim more money than the eventual settlement or recovery. In addition, settling a case removes the risk for both parties.
However, a lot of work goes into a settling a case, which a personal injury victim may not appreciate. First, the personal injury attorney must wait until the client has finished medical treatment. The client must be diligent in attending appointments and following all of the doctors’ instructions. The patient shouldn’t downplay his or her injuries to the physician.
Once the doctor has determined that the patient has reached a certain point of treatment, the attorney can begin settlement negotiations, which may take months. The attorney will also do an investigation into the circumstances of the accident. This could include gathering surveillance videos and police reports, investigating the other driver, determining which parties could potentially be held responsible, and more.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Houston area, you should speak with an attorney. Although it can be tempting to settle a case yourself, studies have shown that accident victims who hire attorneys end up with larger settlements than those who choose to handle their cases alone, even after the attorneys’ fees are deducted.