Many times, if someone is in an accident, they believe they can handle the legal formalities on their own, especially if injuries are negligible. However, the odds are against them; generally, people who retain trial attorneys fare better in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to. It is generally in your best interests to seek a Ventura trial lawyer if this is your situation.
You Won’t Be Overwhelmed
Many times, insurance companies count on people without attorneys to settle quickly. They know that legal jargon and the sheer volume of paperwork that usually occurs in a personal injury trial will intimidate most laymen, and they often see an opportunity to buy you off relatively cheaply. A personal injury attorney can help, but a knowledgeable trial attorney can act for you while having a better idea of what your case is worth, thanks to experience with trial and insurance companies both. A personal injury attorney may be well versed in insurance negotiations, but have no plan if negotiations break down. A trial attorney can do both.
Different Preparation From The Beginning
Another major difference between a trial attorney and a standard personal injury attorney is that a trial attorney will prepare a case as if trial is imminent, from the very beginning. This can be a time-saver, as well as impress upon your insurance company that if need be, you are ready, willing and able to bring your case before a judge or jury. If you engage the services of a personal injury attorney from the beginning, as opposed to a trial lawyer, you might still need to engage a trial lawyer if negotiations are unsuccessful. It makes more sense to hire an attorney who can do it all right at the beginning.
There Is Still No Fee If You Lose
While there are exceptions, the overwhelming majority of trial attorneys will charge a contingency fee in a personal injury case, meaning that they are entitled to a percentage of your settlement if you win, and receive nothing if you lose. Thus, there is essentially no risk to you in engaging one, because you can benefit from their knowledge and experience even if your suit is unsuccessful. In California, there are also more specific laws governing contingency fees, so you are protected regardless of outcome.
When you have been injured, you need a quality attorney to help fight for you. Trial lawyer Trevor Quirk and the Quirk Law Firm are ready, willing and able to share the benefit of our experience and knowledge with you. Contact our Ventura offices today at 805-650-7778 to set up an appointment to discuss your case.