Will My Insurance Company Cover Attorney Fees? The Bad and Good News
Anyone who has been in an auto accident knows the challenges of piecing life back together following the incident. In addition to physical injuries, there are often challenges just restoring normalcy to life.
It’s a roller coaster of feelings such as anger, fear, and uncertainty. And they can hinder your ability to move forward.
For these reasons, many victims hesitate to contact an attorney immediately after an accident. They either assume it’s not necessary or the costs are too high. Maybe both.
One question accident victims often have is, will my insurance provider pay the expense of a lawyer? The answer includes both bad and good news.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way.
The Bad News: Insurance Companies Don’t Usually Pay for Attorney Fees
There are, of course, exceptions depending on the circumstances, but usually, insurance companies don’t pay for attorney fees. To be certain, it’s always good to check your specific policy coverage. In most cases, insurance companies advocate for their own interests. This can sometimes put you at odds with your insurance carrier.
That’s why it’s smart to hire an accident attorney who has the expertise to negotiate the settlement you deserve. It’s not uncommon for an insurance company to demonstrate avoidance, distraction, and lack of acceptance for payment responsibility when faced with an accident claim.
Typically, the insurance company’s objective is to settle claims for the least amount of money possible, even if it is not sufficient to cover all of the debts owed for medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, lost wages, and other damages warranted by a claim.
But wait … there’s also good news.
The Good News: At-Fault Parties Pay
Fortunately, personal injury attorneys know the motives and common tricks of insurance adjusters who attempt to get you to settle for far less than you deserve.
Most accident attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay anything for legal representation unless and until you win the case. Law firms take a percentage of the settlement as their fee since these costs are generally recovered as part of the compensation awarded to the injured victims.
If you’re not at fault in an accident, it’s smart to hire an attorney. Here are some advantages to hiring a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident:
· They offer expertise related to your situation.
· They know the applicable laws and their consequences.
· They know how to navigate the legal system.
· They know the tricks insurance companies often use to avoid responsibility.
· They have your best interest in mind and guide you through the process.
· They know the best action to take at the right time.
And when you find a firm that cares about you as an individual and provides the above advantages, that is good news for you. And bad news for the driver at fault.
The accident attorneys of Witherite Law Group help those who have been injured in a car or truck accident. Get legal help today by calling 1-800-CarWreck® or 1-800-TruckWreck or visiting www.WitheriteLaw.com. We’re available 24/7.