If you’ve been injured in a car crash, is it worth it to hire a car accident lawyer? There’s a longer
answer to that popular question, but we believe that the simple answer is yes!
Because we are car accident attorneys ourselves, we understand that sounds biased. However, we
also know better than other sources how we can help car accident victims and how the process
works. There are many reasons why we would contend that it is worth it to hire a car accident
lawyer if you’ve been injured in most situations, even if you don’t hire our firm (though our
award-winning representation is a compelling reason to do so).
If You Were Injured
Hiring a car accident lawyer is only the first step if you have been injured in a car accident, and
specifically, a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Here’s why: If you weren’t injured in a car
crash, you don’t need compensation. Your insurance will likely take care of the damage to your
car, if there is any (if you weren’t injured, there may not be), without issue, and it should be
relatively easy to work with them. You can continue with your life as normal, even if you have to
make alternative transportation arrangements temporarily. Other than partially paying for vehicle
repair or replacement, you won’t have other bills; the accident will be an unfortunate and perhaps
scary event, but nothing more.
On the other hand, if you were injured, the accident becomes a devastating life interruption.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you could incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in
medical bills and treatment costs. You might need to take weeks or months off work without pay.
You might be in pain for weeks, months, or the rest of your life. You may need to undergo
expensive physical therapy or chiropractic care regularly. You may be unable to participate in
activities you once enjoyed or cancel travel plans. You may become permanently disabled. You
may experience mental suffering in the form of PTSD or anxiety and require professional
The insurance company of the person who hit you, or your own insurance company, should
cover these costs. However, when faced with medical bills, insurance companies are notorious
for attempting to compensate victims with as little as possible to keep more money in their own
pockets. It’s not fair, and you shouldn’t settle for it—indeed, you may not be able to afford to not
be paid the full amount that your injuries were worth if you don’t want to go into debt or forgo
necessary medical treatment. Hiring a car accident lawyer gives you the best chance at
recovering maximum compensation, which brings us to our next three reasons why it is worth it
to hire a car accident lawyer if you were injured.
“Worth” in Terms of Cost and Compensation
Many people think that it might not be worth it to hire a car accident lawyer because the cost of hiring a lawyer would be more expensive than just dealing with an insurance company on their own or paying for the costs of the accident on their own, but that’s actually a misunderstanding. Car accident lawyers are actually—in one sense—free! It’s worth it because it doesn’t cost you anything out of your own pocket.
The overwhelming majority of car accident attorneys charge clients on a contingency fee basis.
This means that clients don’t pay anything upfront at all. If the lawyer wins the case and recovers
a monetary settlement, they are paid as a percentage of that settlement amount. If they do not
win, the client does not have to pay their legal fee.
Think about this in terms of worth. At Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki, we frequently
recover million or multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients, but even if your case only
yields tens of thousands, that’s still money that you get to keep that you would not have achieved
otherwise without a lawyer’s help. Litigation in car accident cases can take years, but you don’t
have to pay anything until you win. You also have the peace of mind that your lawyer is
incentivized to recover as large of a settlement as possible because their percentage value will be
higher, but then so will yours; it’s a win-win situation.
“Worth” in Terms of Stress and Effort
How much is your time worth, particularly after an accident, when you are resting and healing
from your injuries? Is it better to call the insurance company and wait on hold, then have to
answer questions and provide them with information, then wait for them to call you, then spend
more time on the phone or over emails arguing with them about what you deserve to be paid? Is
it better to be stressed and lose sleep about how you are going to pay the medical bills piling up?
Or is it better to work with an attorney who can take care of communicating with the insurance
company and filling out the paperwork? Having a car accident lawyer on your side means that
they handle everything for you. You can relax knowing that they are good at what they do and
have successfully recovered damages for victims like you before. Peace of mind isn’t necessarily
priceless, but it’s definitely worth it to hire a car accident lawyer for that reason. Call our offices
at (904) 398-1992 today!
“Worth” in Terms of Dignity and Justice
Having a lawyer doesn’t always mean that the guilty party will have to admit wrongdoing, but it
can give you a sense of closure that you might not otherwise have if you don’t take legal action.
You can have confidence that you gave yourself the best chances at achieving real justice in the
form of monetary compensation when you trust an attorney to fight on your behalf. To many
people, that’s worth it!
Call Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki for a Free Consultation
Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki has recovered millions of dollars for injured accident
victims. We have over 35 years of experience and are dedicated to winning! If you’ve been
injured in a collision, we offer free consultations so you can discuss your case with us and ask us questions without any obligation or risk. Call (904) 398-1992 today to learn more about how we
can assist you!