In this series, VA Injury Trial Attorney Paul Hernandez details why you should call an experienced personal injury attorney following an automobile accident. Paul demonstrates by sharing the story of a client he helped.
Watch this informative video and discover how VA Injury Attorney Paul Hernandez was actually able to secure his client a settlement in the amount of $75,000 even after she received a release to sign and a check for $15,000.
The moral of this story is, that claims adjusters are really nice until you start talking about the M-word. No, the M-word is not marriage. It's money, the only currency in the legal world to correct these wrongs.
If you have additional questions regarding a an auto accident or any other personal injury matter, call Paul Hernandez at 1-888-487-8546, or visit Kalfus and Nachman’s educational website at https://www.kalfusnachman.com.
Perhaps you have been in an auto accident and you plan on handling your case yourself, speaking with the insurance companies directly and claiming compensation for your injuries. Not only is there a minefield of potential mistakes in taking that approach, but your actions may prevent you from getting fair compensation or any compensation at all. A previous client learned the value of consulting an experienced attorney after attempting to manage her case:
Our client, a young lady who had been in a moderate motor vehicle accident with car damage and injuries to her neck and back, was about to settle her case without an attorney for only $15,000. This offer was presented by the insurance company after they did some research of her much older medical records from over ten years prior, which involved some preexisting neck and back pain following yard work. The insurance company suggested her current neck and back treatment was related to her condition from ten years prior, then gave her the take-it-or-leave-it low settlement offer.
Fortunately, our client then spoke with an out-of-state relative who was an attorney to see if the $15,000 settlement offer was fair. Not being familiar with these types of cases in Virginia, he was referred to us. Not only did we find that the release included mistakes such as spelling our client’s name wrong, but we believed her case was worth much more. We had her come in for a free consultation, and we entered into a contingency fee arrangement in which we would only get paid for handling her case if we get her more money than she was originally offered. Within 50 days we secured a settlement of $75,000 and the client took home over $50,000, all tax-free.
In this example, our client took home over three times what she would have if she had not consulted with an attorney before settling. While claims adjusters may seem very friendly and helpful, this changes when you start discussing money. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you to navigate these situations, and at Kalfus & Nachman we offer free consultations. Watch the video to learn more.
If you have additional questions about your accident case or dealing with insurance companies, I want you to call me at (888) 487-8546. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website at www.kalfusnachman.com/videos for more videos and media content from our law firm.
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