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Personal Injury Statistics: The Difference a Lawyer Can Make

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Obviously, when you have a legal issue, you’re going to want to consider getting a lawyer. But does getting legal representation actually make a difference? What about in personal injury cases? After all, can’t you just settle your claim with the insurance company on your own? What’s the worst that can happen? Well, it turns out you could be missing out on a lot of money. Your car crash can end up costing you a lot more than you think. That’s why insurance companies want to settle with you as soon as possible. The less time you have to process what they owe you, the better chance they have at getting away with paying you less than they owe.

According to a recent study, about 70% of personal injury plaintiffs receive some form of compensation. Some of it is through going to trial, but 96% of these cases are actually resolved through settlements. So, if these cases don’t go to trial, what difference could a lawyer possibly make? Well, lawyers know how much their clients should be getting.  Personal injury attorneys are trained in dealing with insurance companies. The proof is in the statistics. The average recovery without an attorney is $17,600. A pretty good amount. It might be enough to cover your bills, but most likely, you’ll still end up paying for medical bills, and car repairs out of pocket. The average recovery with an attorney is $77,600.  That is over a 440% increase.

Another mistake people tend to make without the help of an attorney is taking the first settlement the insurance company offers. The average first settlement is around $11,000.  However, the subsequent settlement offered is much higher. $42,500 is the national average.  Taking the first settlement leaves a lot of money on the table. Money a personal injury victim needs to pay for their damages.


So how do attorneys get these results? Does getting a lawyer just intimidate the insurance company into giving victims what they deserve? While a lawyer might show the insurance company you mean business, a lawyer is more than a guard dog. Before an attorney files a case, they conduct detailed investigations into your incident. Investigations can get complicated, but it is a critical part of the recovery process. It creates the framework of the case.  It involves a lot of hard work, but clearly, it pays off. Visiting the scene, and photographing the accident, obtaining medical and employment records, reviewing police reports, and locating any other evidence take a trained professional to handle. Lawyers know what to look for to prove the damages you suffered.


Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients all across Texas with offices in San Antonio, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.