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February 8, 2022 | Gary Burger

Is It Worth It to Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

Is It Worth It to Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident? If you've been injured in a car accident, you may be asking yourself, is it worth it to get a lawyer for a car accident? In many cases, not only is it worth it, but it's necessary in order to be fairly compensated for your injuries and damages. It's especially important to hire a lawyer if you received significant injuries or the negligent driver does not want to take responsibility for their actions. The good news is, talking to our Chicago and St. Louis based car accident injury law team is free. That's why we always recommend speaking to a lawyer before settling your claim. When you discuss your case with us, we will give you an honest and straightforward answer as to how much your claim may be worth and whether it is worth it to hire a car accident lawyer for your case. Call Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

The important part about your car accident claim is that you are fairly and rightfully compensated for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When considering if it's worth it to hire a car accident lawyer, the important question to ask is: Can they add value to my claim? That is, will you receive more money with an attorney's help, even after factoring in attorneys' fees? Whether it is worth it to get a lawyer depends on a few factors: the circumstances of your accident, the actions of the insurance company and at-fault driver, and the experience and talent of your car accident lawyer. At Burger Law, our Chicago and St. Louis based personal injury law firm has over 20 years of experience securing great compensation for our clients and have seen every type of car accident case.

When You Need a Lawyer For a Car Accident Claim

Imagine the following two scenarios:

  1. A distracted driver accidentally runs a red light and t-bones your car. The driver is apologetic and accepts fault, and after a quick trip to an Illinois or Missouri emergency room for some bruises and lacerations you don't need to take any time off work. The at-fault driver's insurance company agrees to pay for your full medical expenses and the repairs to your car. You ask for a little extra for inconvenience and they oblige.
  2. You are in a truck accident. Your car is totaled and you've sustained potentially significant back, neck, and spine injuries that could have long-term effects and require further medical care. The driver and their trucking company are trying to blame you for the accident, and their powerful insurance company is downplaying the severity of your injuries. You've missed a lot of time off work and are not sure you'll be able to go back and perform at the same level you used to.

In scenario one, it's likely not worth it to get a lawyer for your car accident claim. It doesn't cost anything to talk to Burger Law's Missouri and Illinois car accident lawyer, so there's no harm in calling us to talk over your case, however we may recommend taking the insurance company's settlement offer as we are unlikely to be able to add much value to your claim and secure you a net gain in compensation. Remember though, never settle without talking to a lawyer first.

However, situations like scenario two always require an experienced and talented car accident lawyer like the St. Louis and Chicago based team at Burger Law. Not only we will be able to prove the truck driver or truck company's liability and hold them accountable, we won't fall for the insurance company's tricks. We stand up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and make sure you receive every bit of the maximum compensation you are owed. Serious injuries can have significant long-terms costs associated with them such as pain medications, doctor's appointments, and assistive devices such as crutches. We use our network of medical and economic experts to calculate exactly how much further medical care you will need and how much it will cost, adjusting for inflation.

Even if your injuries are not as severe as a significant spinal cord injury, you will need an attorney's help at the first sight of lowball offers from the insurance company or if the liable party's story differs from yours.

Another way a Missouri and Illinois car accident lawyer can add value to your claim is by ensuring you receive a full recovery for your noneconomic damages as well. Missouri Senate Bill 239 and Illinois Compiled Statute § 5/2-1115.2 define noneconomic damages as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Inconvenience
  • Physical impairment
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of ability to enjoy life
  • Loss of consortium

A skilled and knowledgeable Missouri and Illinois car accident lawyer will make sure the liable party, their insurance company, and if necessary a judge and jury know the full scope of the impact your injuries have had on your life. It is absolutely worth it to hire Burger Law, we get our clients maximum compensation and to date have won our Illinois and Missouri clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlement.

Hire a Car Accident Lawyer Today | It's Worth It

If you've been in a car accident and sustained serious injuries, the liable party won't accept responsibility, or their insurance company is not treating you fairly, reach out to the Chicago and St. Louis based car accident law firm at Burger Law today. We start working on your case and don't let up until you receive the full recovery you are owed. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.