Finding A DC Accident Lawyer For Your Accident Claim

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It is your right to claim for compensation following an accident, whether it was the fault of another person or an organization.  The damages incurred due to an accident can be extensive, both physically and financially, so claiming compensation is an important step towards recovering your losses after an accident.  Although you could file a claim yourself, your best chance of success is to hire a DC accident lawyer to represent you.

In most cases the other side will look to defend themselves and may even hire a defense lawyer to represent them.  Proving that they were negligent and caused the accident you were involved in requires you to provide sufficient evidence that negligence can be proved beyond doubt.  This however can be a complex process requiring witness testimony, accident and police reports, expert reports from medical practitioners and other relevant experts, as well as detailed reports of the incident and how it occurred.  Add to this dealing with insurance companies and defense lawyers and you will quickly realize that hiring an accident lawyer is definitely the best course of action.

The biggest reason why people do not hire lawyers to represent them in compensation claims is the cost of hiring them.  Many people perceive legal representation to be costly, with lawyers taking a lion's share of the compensation awarded.  However, when you consider the role of an accident lawyer in winning a claim you will appreciate the hiring a lawyer is the only way to achieve the money you are entitled to.  You could go it alone, but you will probably end up receiving a settlement far below that which you could get with a lawyer.

Many accident lawyers will work on a contingency fee basis often known as ‘no win, no fee'.  This essentially means that you will not have to pay them a cent unless they win the claim for you, although you should enquire about any upfront costs you may incur such as court fees, admin charges etc.  Contingency fees can vary so it is important to find out what the fees are before you hire a lawyer to represent you.

There are many accident lawyers to choose from these days but it is important that you do not hire the first one you come across.  There are several things to consider when it comes to hiring an accident lawyer.  The first is their experience, how long have they been handling accident claims and what is their success rate?  Do they have knowledge of your particular type of accident, for instance some lawyers will only handle slip and fall claims whilst others will only deal with workplace accidents.  This is important as different types of accident involve different areas of law and require different forms of evidence to be presented.

Personal recommendations from friends and family are the best way to find a reliable and experienced DC accident lawyer.  Otherwise you can approach your local bar association or courthouse for recommendations.  Do contact more than one legal firm about your claim and always arrange an initial consultation so you can personally meet with a lawyer and discuss your claim face to face.

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Georgina Clatworthy has 1 articles online

I am a freelance writer writing extensively about personal injury and accident claims.

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This article was published on 2011/07/19