Many people have false confidence in believing they can handle their own personal injury case without an attorney, and this often results in mistakes that can cost them tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lawyers in these cases do not get paid if they do not get you more money, so it is as though you have nothing to lose and much to gain by speaking with an attorney. Here is a story about a previous client who almost made a several hundred thousand dollar mistake.
A young man had been in a crash in an intersection, during which he had been passing through during a green light when another driver made a left turn in front of him. The young man’s injuries required surgery to screw plates into his spine and fuse several vertebrae in his neck. He permanently lost some range of motion in his neck, and he had some residual numbness in his left hand as a result of these injuries. He was trying to handle his case on his own, and the defendant had only purchased $25,000 of insurance coverage.
One of his coworkers convinced him to make the call to Kalfus & Nachman to see if we could get him more money. His case was worth well over six figures, and it would not cost him anything if we didn’t get him more than the $25,000 on the defendant’s policy, so the choice became obvious to him. The statute of limitations was just about to expire, so we had to file suit immediately.
By filing suit, we were able to take the defendant’s deposition. A deposition involves us asking a party questions under oath in the presence of their lawyer. In the course of this process, the defendant admitted he was delivering food for a food delivery company at the time of the collision. This information was of great importance, as it meant the defendant actually had insurance coverage from the national food delivery company employing him. We were able to make a claim against that company’s insurance policy, which resulted in the resolution of our client’s case for a significant sum, and our client was very pleased with the result.
If you have additional questions about your personal injury case, 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.
Another episode of Why You Should Call an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney following an Automobile Accident. Hi, I'm Paul Hernandez, attorney at Kalfus & Nachman, litigating cases across Virginia and North Carolina. Many people think they can handle their personal injury case on their own without consulting an attorney. They have this false level of confidence, even though they have no idea what they're doing. They think, "Why should I pay a lawyer when I can settle with the insurance company on my own?" The main reason is lawyers do not get paid if they do not get you more money. It costs you nothing when you think about it this way. Let me share with you a situation where a young man almost made a several hundred thousand dollar mistake.
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