No one likes to be injured in a car crash. To add insult to your injury, it's common that the amount offered by the insurance company of the person who hit you may not be enough to pay for your hospital bills and lost future wages in the case that you can't work permanently or temporarily. In this case, it can be a good idea to recruit an experienced lawyer in order to file a lawsuit and win an auto accident injury settlement. This means that upon winning the lawsuit or settling outside the courts, the person who hit you or their insurance company will be required to pay you additional money. This may be in the form of a single one time cash settlement, or may mean that they pay you a certain amount each month or year for a set number of years which is often called a structured settlement.

The best way to maximize your chances of a good car accident injury settlement is to work with the right lawyer. Don't pick a lawyer friend who offers you good rates but has little experience with auto accident compensation cases. Law is a very broad field, and someone who specializes in personal bankruptcies will be out of their league when working with the opposing insurance company's highly paid lawyer! You can typically talk with several appropriate lawyers for free. They will listen to your story and may push you to understand the details since the specific details can often be the difference between a lawsuit won or lost. It's important to understand how successful the lawyer has been in the past with these types of cases. If they have lost all of the car accident cases in the past, there is no reason to believe that they will win this time around. It's also important to get a sense for how confident they are of winning the case and how excited they are to take on the case. You want a lawyer who believes that they can win and so they will put in the necessary time or effort. A lawyer who thinks you will lose may simply take your case for the legal fees and won't exert enough effort if they believe there is no incentive for them. You can increase the incentive by finding a lawyer who does not take an upfront fee and won't cost you anything in the case that you lose. On the other hand, this may mean that they take a greater percentage of any money that you win. You can even shop around to find a lawyer that you like, but don't just choose the cheapest one.