Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines advocacy as “the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal.” Here, we advocate and support a very important cause…the rights of injured people. What does advocacy mean for you? When an injured client retains our personal injury law office, we will first open up claims with the applicable insurance companies. We will deal with the insurance companies, report the claim, and complete necessary paperwork to preserve your injury claim. We will ensure that our injured client’s rights are protected while they get better.
Very few people plan for, save, and prepare to be involved in an injury causing event. As a result, injuries exert an immense strain on an individual’s pocket book, piece of mind, and sense of security; notwithstanding the painful injuries they have to deal with. The most important thing we discuss with our clients is the recovery of their health. What does that mean? Pursue the health care you need to get well. Hand off the other stressful stuff (total loss of vehicle, insurance correspondence, recorded statements, claims handling) to us, and you focus on regaining your health.
Once our clients have sought the medical care they need and have regained their health, we will pursue the insurance company of the party who broke a rule (inattention, speeding, following too closely, failing to keep a reasonable lookout) that caused your injury. Many people believe that retaining an attorney means that they will be suing someone. That is not the case as many of our cases our resolved without requiring our clients to step foot into a court room. Our law office will advocate for our clients and attempt to achieve a settlement that properly compensates our clients for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost work, total loss of their vehicle, and future medical expenses, among others. Not only does settlement compensate an injured person for what they have been through, it also serves to hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions that caused injury.
Our law office has a proven track record of negotiating claims to settlement. We have built this reputation by presenting the full and complete picture of our client’s claim. We frequently conference medical professionals responsible for our client’s care to have them expand on the nature and extent of injuries. We talk with witnesses. We meet with friends and family of client’s to discover the story of their lives and how this incident has impacted their lives. These are just a few of the ways we effectuate settlement by submitting a complete, detailed, and accurate account of the claim.
However, despite our efforts to negotiate settlement outside the courtroom, insurance companies still may not present an offer reflective of the true value of the case. This is frustrating for injured clients, who just want what is fair. When the insurance company doesn’t play fair and makes an offer that is not fair, you need an attorney who will stand up and fight for you. We realize that lawsuits and litigation generally make people uneasy, but in some cases the insurance company leaves you no other option. In order to hold the rule breaker who caused your injuries accountable and attain fair compensation, in this scenario, you need an attorney versed in litigation. You need an attorney that is willing to pursue your claim in whatever venue it may require, to court or arbitration, so that justice may ultimately be done.
Advocacy takes many forms. For many clients, our advocacy will allow them to resolve their claim without setting foot in a courtroom. For others, the insurance company may attempt to put your back against the wall. When this happens, it is essential to have an advocate that can represent your interests in the courtroom. Our clients take solace in the fact that wherever the insurance companies may take the battle, we have experience fighting them. Having a proven and caring advocate on your side will help you attain the results you deserve.