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Is It Worth Getting an Attorney for a Car Accident?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


If you have been in a car accident, you may wonder if it’s worth it to get an attorney. Will you have to pay expensive legal fees? Can’t you just handle the details by yourself?

While you don’t have to hire an attorney for a car accident, it may be worth it for your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. A Chicago car accident lawyer protects your rights and handles the stressful legal process so you may focus on recovering from your injuries.

Why Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident

Many people try to represent themselves after a car accident. They try to juggle medical appointments, insurance claims, and trying to negotiate a fair settlement. If negotiations break down, then people call a lawyer. However, it might be too late to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.

The sooner you get an attorney involved after a car accident, the better. A car accident attorney with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers P.C. can deal with the insurance company for you. This is not a simple process because most insurance companies try to settle as quickly and cheaply as possible. It is helpful to have a lawyer who can build a case for maximum potential compensation.

What We Do as Your Car Accident Law Firm

Call our Chicago car accident lawyers first so that we can help you:

  • Collect Evidence: It’s important to get photos of the scene, crash reports, eyewitness statements, and other evidence soon after the crash. If you don’t have everything you need to prove liability or wrongdoing, you might not get a fair settlement.
  • Identify Liable Parties: In some accidents, there may be more than one liable party. For example, suppose you were in a crash with a driver who was using a company car. In that case, we may be able to pursue compensation from the employer’s insurance in addition to the driver’s coverage.
  • Valuate Your Damages: An attorney will know what to include in your demand to the insurance company, including future medical care or reduced earning ability.

When dealing with insurance companies, you should get an attorney involved early in the process. The insurance company will do everything possible to pay you as little as possible.

We Negotiate for Maximum Compensation

Our firm has recovered substantial money damages for our clients through settlements and judgments. We are ready to fight for maximum damages, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost pay
  • Property damage
  • Temporary transportation
  • Loss of services
  • Pain and suffering

You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Right Away

There are a few reasons why you shouldn’t delay calling a car accident lawyer, including:

  • You have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit – in Illinois; the deadline is two years from the date of the accident
  • Valuable evidence that proves liability or wrongdoing against the other party can erode or disappear
  • Witnesses become unavailable or unreliable

Statistics Indicate that Attorneys Get You More Money

In a recent study, personal injury cases with attorneys typically get more money than cases where plaintiffs represented themselves. The average amount of compensation with a lawyer was $77,600. The average amount of compensation without a lawyer was $17,600. Even with attorney fees, you could recover more money when you hire a lawyer.

Lawyers seem to secure a payout more often than plaintiffs without legal representation. Approximately 91% of cases with a lawyer got a settlement or verdict. This is compared to 51% of cases for self-represented clients.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for Help

If you are involved in a crash, don’t deal with it alone. A car accident lawyer with our firm can help you recover compensation and justice while focusing on feeling better.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for a free consultation today: (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form.

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