Carbondale, located in Southern Illinois 325 miles south of Chicago and 100 miles southeast of St Louis, was historically a railroad center, and still has daily Amtrak passenger service to Chicago and New Orleans. The city is home to the Southern Illinois University campus of 20,000+ students and maintains a beach for their recreation at Cedar Lake in nearby Shawnee National Forest. On North University Avenue a few blocks from City Hall, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale receives many of the city’s personal injury casualties for treatment.
In civil law a personal injury is a tort case, a harm caused intentionally or negligently. Most personal injury cases are negligent torts. An accident is an example of a negligent tort. A Carbondale personal injury attorney in quest of redress and compensation for clients injured by a negligent defendants must prove certain facts for successful outcomes:
- that the defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care not to injure anyone,
- that the defendant failed to abide by that duty, and
- that the defendant’s failure caused the plaintiff’s injury.
Proof of these seemingly simple facts often turns out to be more difficult than the injured plaintiffs might expect. For this reason, it is always best to consult an attorney as soon as possible in any case of personal injury regardless of its apparent simplicity. A recent Insurance Research Council study underscores how important in any accident case professional assistance of counsel may be.
Anyone injured in an accident naturally wonders whether an attorney is truly necessary. After all, legal services are neither free nor cheap. And when a friendly insurance adjuster reaches out to express a sincere desire to resolve the case for fair value, the injured claimant may want to see how things go by saving money on the cost of legal representation. The decision to go it alone pro se as they say in court is completely for the claimant, and it may be true that in some such personal injury cases there could be a financial award from the insurer or perhaps directly from the responsible party, but the comparative evidence of similar cases shows that awards to claimants are much higher when they retain attorneys.
Personal Injury Attorneys Earn Larger Compensation
An Insurance Research Council study found much higher awards to injured parties represented by attorneys. Another study by the All-Industry Research Advisory Council reached the same conclusion, that in personal injury claims an attorney can make a big difference in the value of the case.
The Insurance Research Council polled 6,000 people injured in car accidents for their types of injuries, treatments, economic losses, and compensation. The settlement amounts surprised many readers of the study report but not most personal injury lawyers or insurance companies. Claimants with attorneys received on average settlements 40 percent higher than did those who went it alone.
Another Insurance Research Council report estimated that 85 percent of all payments on bodily injuries are to claimants represented by attorneys. Of the total amount paid on all auto injury claims, those with attorneys received three and a half times more than did those without attorneys, a drastic difference of $35,000 to $10,000. Insurance companies are not afraid of taking unfair advantage of claimants who have no one helping them fight for their legal rights.
The All-Industry Research Advisory Council examined the correlation between economic loss and assistance of counsel. It found that those with larger losses were more likely to hire attorneys and that those who did received significantly larger settlements. For example, claimants with attorneys received $1.59 per $1.00 lost in the accident; those on their own received only $1.26, a difference of about $6,600 on a $20,000 claim, $33,000 on a $100,000 claim.Contact a Carbondale Personal Injury Attorney
These studies conclude that claimants with legal teams on the side fighting for compensation in personal injury cases always succeed with much larger settlements. Anyone injured in a car accident by the negligence of another driver should find an experienced Carbondale personal injury attorney to fight for fair and complete compensation.
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