Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Hiring a Laurel Injury Lawyer
Thomas Pyles | May 28, 2021
Whether injured in a car accident or a fall on someone else’s property, too many people think they don’t need a lawyer until it’s too late. The claim process can be much more complicated than people anticipate, and insurance companies aren’t always on your side. In addition, you have to prove your case – meaning that you need to know what evidence is important – even if you don’t go to court. If you have been injured, you should talk to a Laurel injury lawyer before it’s too late.
1. The Other Party Blames You for the Accident
Even though it may be obvious to you that the other party caused your accident, blaming the victim is a common tactic, especially in Maryland. This is because Maryland is one of only a very small handful of states that follows the pure contributory negligence rule. If the other party can prove that your own negligence even partially contributed to the accident, you may be barred from recovering any compensation. A Laurel injury lawyer can help overcome this defense so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
2. Your Insurance Company is Pressuring You to Accept a Settlement
Many people are surprised at how quickly their insurance company will attempt to settle their claim – often before you even know the extent of your injuries or to what extent you will need medical treatment. Regardless of the circumstances, insurance companies will pressure accident victims to settle as quickly as possible to minimize the amount they pay out on claims. This is because once you accept their settlement offer, you cannot pursue any additional compensation, even if your injuries are far worse than you initially thought. A Laurel injury attorney can evaluate any settlement offers you receive and help you make an informed decision regarding your claim.
3. The Other Party is Being Uncooperative
In some instances, you need information that only the other party has in order to pursue your claim. For example, if you slipped and fell at a retail store, you may need a copy of the incident report or footage from the security cameras. Of course, many negligence parties may refuse to provide the information you need if they are worried that they may be held liable for your injuries. Fortunately, a Laurel injury lawyer will know what steps to compel them to release the information you need to build your case.
4. The Insurance Company is Refusing to Settle Your Claim
Insurance companies can sometimes act in bad faith, meaning that they refuse to provide the coverage you paid for. This doesn’t mean that they will necessarily refuse to pay your claim outright – it is perhaps more common for them to engage in a variety of stall tactics:
- Demanding more and more information regarding your accident and injuries
- Unreasonable delays in investigating your accident
- Unreasonable delays in processing your claim
- “Lowballing” you by refusing to pay anything more than a fraction of what your claim is worth
An experienced Laurel injury lawyer will know how to compel your insurance company to handle your claim in a fair and reasonable manner.
Call Laurel Injury Lawyer Thomas E. Pyles
Laurel injury lawyer Thomas E. Pyles does far more than just file lawsuits – most of his clients are able to get the compensation they need without going to court. If you have been injured and need someone on your side, call us at 301-705-5006 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.