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Nothing makes an insurance adjuster happier than an accident victim who is willing to negotiate a settlement without a lawyer! The insurance company will probably get away with paying out substantially less in compensation, and the adjuster will be looked upon favorably by his company.
Always remember, insurance companies exist to make profits and whenever possible will try to pay less than the full value of a claim. Having an experienced attorney working for you can protect your right to a fair settlement. Research shows that those with skilled, experienced legal representation by a personal injury attorney walk away with significantly more money for their injuries. We don’t advocate that you should receive more than you deserve, but we definitely make sure you receive every penny you do deserve.
So yes, you can negotiate a settlement on your own. However, if you have been severely injured, it is seldom in your best interest. If you expect to receive an amount that includes not only your financial damages, both present, and future but also compensation for damage to your quality of life, such as your pain, suffering, emotional anguish, disability and more, hire a well-experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact our personal injury attorneys at Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates by calling 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.
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