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Attorney to Handle Your Durham NC Personal Injury Insurance Claim

Can you handle your personal injury claim on your own? Sure. You can also operate on yourself, but you are more likely to have a good outcome if you have a surgeon do it.

If you are thinking about handling your own claim, consider this:
• Do you know how to establish liability?
• Do you know what contributory negligence is?
• How to investigate different coverage options?
• Do you know the difference between UM and UIM coverage?
• Do you know when you are required to pay medical bills from your settlement funds?
• Do you understand the recent “billed v. paid” legislation and how it affects claim values?

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Cost to Hire Personal Injury Attorneys

How much does it cost you to hire a personal injury attorney? I think the best way to answer that is to look at it from a different perspective: How much does it cost not to hire a personal injury attorney?

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If you aren’t trained to avoid making mistakes with your statement, document your damages, and understand what damages you are entitle to and how to document them, what is your claim worth? How will you get anything for your personal injury claim if you don’t know how to go about it?

If you can’t get anything for your claim, isn’t it worth paying an attorney something to help? After all, 66% of something is better than 100% of nothing, right?

Generally, I take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning I don’t get a fee (reimbursement of costs are different) unless I get you a settlement that you accept. That fee is more often than not 33.333% of the settlement, or 1/3 of the settlement. Remember, my job is to maximize the value of your claim and to make sure you get what you should get. In the end, my fee should be justified by your recovery. And you don’t write me a check; I get paid from your settlement.

I handle personal injury claims all over the state of North Carolina, so no matter where your accident occurred in North Carolina, or where you live in North Carolina, I might be able to help. Call me at 919-929-2992.

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Personal Injury Attorneys Help

What does a personal injury attorney do to help you in your claim? Hopefully everything s/he can to help make it the best that it can be.

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If I get involved in a claim from the outset, I help in initiating the claim with the at-fault insurance provider. I investigate the claim to make sure we have the strongest liability claim we can have under the facts. I help the client avoid making statements that might compromise the claim, and I also explore insurance coverage to see what avenues of recovery will be available.

From there I walk the client through treatment, helping them to understand how their treatment, actions, and decisions can affect the claim. If the claim has particular complications that require the selection and hiring of expert witness I offer advice on that process and help to coordinate experts to lend strength to the claim.

When the client has reached maximum medical improvement (of if otherwise seems to be the right time) then I gather all of the relevant treatment records and bills, as well as other documentation of damages (lost wages, pain logs, etc.) to help demonstrate the value of the claim to the insurance company. I then create a settlement brochure and demand letter to present our claim to the appropriate insurance carrier(s) and begin the negotiations process.

In cases that don’t get settled, I counsel the client on the litigation process, draft and file the complaint, help the client complete the discovery process, depose necessary witnesses, complete the mediation process, and try the case when necessary.

Does that sound like it’s worth what you pay?

I handle personal injury claims all over the state of North Carolina, so no matter where your accident occurred in North Carolina, or where you live in North Carolina, I might be able to help. Call me at 919-929-2992.

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Jeffrey Howard – Personal Injury Insurance Durham NC Claims

Won’t the insurance company just “handle it?” Won’t they just do the right thing?

Allow me to answer a question with a question: Why should they?

Remember, insurance companies are in the business of making money, and the more they give away, the less they are making. So doesn’t it stand to reason that they will do everything they can to avoid paying you as much as you deserve?

Insurance company adjusters are trained to do their job well. They are skilled at getting you to do harm to your claim by making statements that aren’t in your interests. Remember, everything you say can and will be used against you!

As the injured party, you have the burden of proof, so you have to work diligently to prepare your case. The insurance company has no financial incentive to give you the benefit of the doubt or “do the right thing.” That costs them money.

Call me and see what I might be able to do to help you. I handle personal injury claims all over the state of North Carolina, so no matter where your accident occurred in North Carolina, or where you live in North Carolina, I might be able to help. Call me at 919-929-2992.

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Hire Personal Injury Attorneys Durham NC

Should you hire an attorney for your personal injury claim? Well, every case is different and unique, but generally, I would say the answer is “yes.”

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Why should you hire an attorney? Think of it this way: You might be handy around the house and can fix things here and there. But if you have a problem with your toilet, wouldn’t it be better to hire a professional to help you, instead of ending up with a messier, smellier, more expensive problem?

Hiring an attorney is like hiring any other professional to do a job. As a personal injury attorney, I know how to help guide you through your claims process and help you avoid mistakes that can cost you and your family in the long run. I know how to intelligently value your claim, how to document your damages, and how to argue to get them.

Moreover, an attorney represents the legitimate threat of a lawsuit to the insurance companies. People who represent themselves tend not to file lawsuits, and when they do they tend to royally screw them up. But attorneys know when and how to litigate, which can cost an insurance company money in the long run. Don’t you think they take that into consideration when they are negotiating with us?

Sure there are some cases where you might be able to bear the burden by yourself. But doesn’t it make sense to get a professional opinion on that before you get too deep?

I handle personal injury claims all over the state of North Carolina, so no matter where your accident occurred in North Carolina, or where you live in North Carolina, I might be able to help. Call me at 919-929-2992.

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Jeffrey Allen Howard, Attorney at Law, PLLC
1829 E. Franklin St. - Bldg 600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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