Some people believe that hiring a lawyer means more trouble for someone who has been involved in an accident as they will have to think of how they can afford the lawyer's fee. So, instead of assessing and computing the damages, which includes non-economic losses, some just agree to whatever compensation the other party offers.
Unfortunately, these initial offers are often lower than the actual damages as it is designed to initiate negotiations among the parties involved. Once the victim agrees to the offer made by the liable party, he will be asked to sign a release agreement that should be reviewed by a good Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will deem if it is appropriate for his client's losses.
These release agreements removes any or all of the victim's right to sue the other party for his accountability in the accident. So, in the event that the victim realizes his losses, it may be too late.
Needless to say, if a victim doesn't have a lawyer who will review the offers made or negotiate on his behalf, then, he will be vulnerable to deceptive offers and unfair settlements offered by the other party in accidents that has resulted to injuries.
Unfortunate occurrences such as vehicular accidents, work-related mishaps, medical malpractice, and accidents that resulted from defective products and properties will certainly entitle the victim to other compensation aside from his actual damages. In fact, even if the victim wasn't injured, the other party will still have to pay nominal damages to recognize the wrong done.
If the victim chooses not to file a lawsuit and undergo the lengthy court proceedings, then, lawyers can help in negotiating an out-of-court settlement and determine whether the monetary compensation offered is sufficient for the economic and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and hedonic damages as well.
For those who are still hesitant to hire a lawyer because of the attorney fees, there are lawyers who agree to work on a contingency-based fee which means that they will receive no fee until their client receives compensation for the damages.
The percentage of the compensation that the lawyer would take may be relatively small as compared to what the victim will lose if he is not represented by someone who knows every aspect of a personal injury case.
Also, there are Los Angeles personal injury attorneys who offer free case analysis. Avail of these offers to maximize the services offered by your lawyer.