Additionally, our lawyers have been through the injury process with others in the past. We understand the steps that need to be taken and the deadlines that need to be met. We can make sure that any paperwork is filed with the courts on time and ensure that they include every necessary provision. These are just a few items that your insurance company isn’t likely to remind you about, and will not necessarily help you with. We’re here to make sure everything happens in the proper timeline.
2. BETTER MEDICAL TREATMENT
When you’re represented by an attorney you’re more likely to get the treatment you need to get better. An attorney who has dealt with similar injuries may know physicians and therapists who have dealt with similar injuries. Your attorney will also try to keep you accountable to the treatment schedule and work with you’re doctors to make sure you’re showing up to your appointments, meaning you’re likely to get better faster.
3. LOWER MEDICAL FEES
One of the areas where your attorney can represent you beyond talking to the insurance company is in helping negotiate the rates you’ll pay to your doctors. Our offices have seen reductions of up to 70% of the original bills. In fact, in one recent case, the physician wrote-off the entire amount. Often your attorney can get your medical bills similarly lowered after the settlement so you won’t have to pay as high a rate as you would normally, leaving more in your pocket.
4. HIGHER LOST WAGES PAID BACK
One area that isn’t often mentioned is the insurance companies’ payment for your lost wages and income. While this is usually a part of the policy, if you’re representing yourself, you might not know to ask, or may not ask for enough. For those who don’t have representation, the average compensation is $1.26 for every $1 of lost income. For those with an attorney, the average compensation is $1.59 for every $1 of lost income.