One of the first questions that our firm is asked after an accident is, "do I need a lawyer?" The answer is a resounding yes. A personal injury lawyer in St. Louis can protect you from the insurance company's tactics, make sure that your case has the best odds of recovering compensation, and ensure that you have access to the resources you need during the recovery process for your claim. In this FAQ, we'll discuss the benefits of having an attorney represent your case, how an attorney can maximize your chances of recovering a wide range of damages, including reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, and why it's a mistake to accept a personal injury settlement without an attorney. If you have questions about why you should hire a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis to represent your case or other concerns about your situation, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never ask for any attorneys fees unless we win damages for your case. Why Should I Hire an Attorney? After an accident, you are at your most vulnerable, and likely, not thinking about anything but recovering from your injuries and how you are going to deal with expenses you incurred because of the accident. Hiring an experienced attorney ensures that you have someone on your side that understands the injury claim process, can protect you from the other party's insurance agent, identify any damages you could be entitled to, and handle the process of negotiating with the insurance company to demand the highest settlement for your claim. While settlements can differ significantly for each case, based on the type of accident, the severity of injuries, and other damages, typically, most personal injury cases can recover the following categories of damages: Medical Treatment Mental or Emotional Distress Loss of Income Personal Property Loss Loss of Consortium During your first consultation with a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, they'll ask questions about the accident, injuries and damages you suffered because of the other party and gather as much evidence as possible to build a strong claim for your personal injury case. In addition to asking you for details about the accident, an attorney can locate witnesses to the accident, access information about the negligent party's background, and handle all other aspects of getting evidence to support your case. Mistakes That People Make After An Accident The biggest mistake that people make after an accident is talking to the insurance company too soon and not hiring a lawyer to represent their case. While it might be tempting to accept the first offer that the insurance company makes, it's best to hold out until your attorney negotiates a fair settlement. Insurance companies typically try to get victims to accept lower settlements than they are entitled to, and one of the tactics is making a decent but low offer right after the accident before victims have a chance to contact a lawyer. Not to mention, statistically, cases settled without legal representation often recover fewer damages than claims defended by a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis. Attorneys understand the legal process better than anyone and know what strategies to implement to get the most compensation for your case. St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers When it comes to personal injury cases, no one can demand the best results for your case than Burger Law. Our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis will make sure that you get compensation for any damages you are eligible to recover, including present and future damages associated with your injuries. Additionally, our attorneys use a contingency plan to ensure that the last thing you have to worry about after an accident is bills. Our attorneys only accept fees if you recover compensation for your harm and losses attributed to the accident. And even then, it is only a portion of the settlement amount so that you can recover from your injuries comfortably and put the accident behind you. If you've been injured in a motor vehicle crash, workers' compensation accident, or suffered injuries in another type of accident, you need help and legal guidance from Burger Law. Call 314-542-2222, 618-272-2222 or connect with our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis today for a free consultation.