If you’ve been involved in an Oregon car accident, and you’ve been injured, you may be wondering how to file a personal injury claim yourself to avoid paying legal fees.
But you don’t need a lawyer in every case. For example, if you think your claim is worth $6,000, and the insurance company offers you $4,000, you probably do not need a lawyer – most likely you will be able to negotiate to a fair settlement. But if they offer you $500 for a claim you believe is worth $10,000, you may want to reconsider hiring an Oregon personal injury lawyer.
Before I offer you some guidelines on settling your own claim, however, I would like to make sure you understand how hiring a personal injury attorney works. Keep the following in mind:
Most personal injury lawyers will offer you a free consultation.
Signing a contingency fee agreement (the most common type of fee agreement for PI lawyers) means there are no up front costs.
If the lawyer is successful in handling your claim, you will most likely get more money (according to studies, people who hire attorneys get more money, even after legal fees are taken).
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