You can negotiate your own personal injury claim; there’s no law that says you have to hire a lawyer. But first, know that hiring a lawyer to defend your best interests won’t cost you anything out of pocket, and will save you a ton of time and aggravation. Lawyers in the state of Florida are paid by receiving a percent of the money they are able to bring in on a case. Additionally, the lawyers will front the cost of the case until they are reimbursed from the recovery. If you choose to pursue with your own case you will be responsible for the initial cost which would likely cost you more money than hiring an attorney. Insurance companies are aware that individuals do not have the training or the legal skill necessary to file a lawsuit and try a case to a successful conclusion and as a result will offer a significantly lower amount of money to someone trying to negotiate their own claim. I have personally handled cases that were worth $60,000 to $100,000 that individuals settled for only $500 to $1000 on their own. Without the legal skill and training you may not accurately understanding the value of your case which is why it is best to hire a lawyer to handle your case or claim. If you still want to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company yourself, start by reading all the articles on this blog – we have great advice about insurance adjuster tactics and what documentation you need to prove your case.
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