When you’ve been involved in an accident that has resulted in injuries, your life immediately becomes far more complicated than it used to be. There are no limits to the things you have to worry about – and no limit to the stress you’re feeling. One of the best ways to begin to alleviate this stress is by hiring a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney who knows exactly what you’re going through and can take you through the process of filing a personal injury claim step-by-step. This would seem like common sense, but many people avoid lawyers at all costs – and those costs can be extreme.
You risk not securing any of the compensation that you’re legally entitled to for your injuries – medical bills, time off work, continuing therapy, etc. These mounting bills can mean financial devastation to you and your family, and you simply do not have to go through that.The lawyers here at Sevey, Donahue & Talcott have assembled the most common reasons people shy away from hiring an attorney. We’ll address some of the concerns you may have about hiring an attorney and dispel a few of the myths surrounding attorneys and how they work.
The number one reason people avoid hiring an attorney is that they feel they don’t have the money for it. What they don’t know is that legitimate personal injury attorneys get paid by what is called a Contingency Agreement. A contingency agreement means that you pay no money to the lawyer out of your own pocket. The attorney you hire only makes money when they are able to successfully settle your case. When the case is settled, either outside of court or through litigation, you are awarded damages in the form of a settlement. Your attorney is paid a percentage of that settlement – so you never have to worry about coming up with money to pay your lawyer! A contingency agreement also means that the more money you receive in a settlement, the more your attorney is paid, so it makes sense for the attorney to fight to help you get every bit of compensation that you’re entitled to.
We wish it weren’t true, but lawyers have a bad reputation for being untrustworthy. The attorneys at Sevey, Donahue & Talcott would like you to know that most lawyers are trying to help the people they serve, regardless of how society views them. The lawyers within their practice have settled thousands of cases, and are among some of the highest-rated attorneys in California for ethics and knowledge. You can trust the attorneys at Sevey, Donahue & Talcott to protect your interests above all.
While it’s true that any legal settlement will take time, most attorneys get into the bad habit of waiting until just before the Statute of Limitations is up to begin working on the case. At our law firm, we will begin working on your case immediately. Our number one priority at Sevey, Donahue & Talcott is to work towards the best settlement in the shortest amount of time, getting you back to the life you led prior to your injuries.
Many people believe that sueing someone is wrong. If you’ve suffered injuries due to an accident where someone else was at fault, you may think that your injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant a lawsuit. This may be true – only you and your attorney can decide that. What you may not realize is that filing a claim doesn’t necessarily mean litigation, courtrooms, and judges. It’s not uncommon for cases to settle out of court via negotiation between your attorney and the insurance company. It’s important to note that research has been done showing that a settlement handled by an attorney is likely to receive three times what the insurance company originally offers as compensation. And that means financial security for you and your family when you’re faced with medical bills and time taken off work so that you can heal your injuries properly. Your best bet is to come in for a free consultation so that one of our attorneys can listen to your story and assess what your case might be worth.
If you’re afraid that your insurance company will drop you if you file a claim, you should know that insurers take many factors into consideration before they raise your rates, or cancel your insurance. They’ll look at factors such as your driving record, claim history, and premium payment history. You purchase insurance so that you can use it if you ever need to, and that is your right. If you’re uninsured, we will contact the negligent party’s insurance company to recover damages.
Lots of people feel overwhelmed with the legal system, and it can be a complicated process, but the attorneys at Sevey, Donahue & Talcott are experts in the field of personal injury law. There is no reason to feel overwhelmed when you have one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys working to make the entire process as smooth and hands-off for you as we can. Of course, there will be times when we will need to consult with you, but our staff will handle all the legal legwork for you – paperwork, talking with insurance adjusters, obtaining police reports, securing and protecting evidence, and preparing for court, if necessary. We want you to focus solely on healing from your injuries – let us do the legal heavy lifting for you.
After you’ve been involved in an accident, we know what your priorities are: you want to get better as soon as possible so that you can get back to work, and get back to living the life you had prior to being injured.
At Sevey, Donahue & Talcott, we share that same goal for all our clients. That’s why we do what we do – to take the legal burden off of the client, and place it on our shoulders. Your decision to hire an attorney is an important one, and we want you to be completely comfortable with who you choose. We’d like to invite you to come into our office for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our talented attorneys. You can contact us by phone at (916) 788-7100 or through our website.