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Why do I Need an Auto Accident Lawyer?

Your Myrtle Beach accident attorney at Axelrod and Associates will protect your interests, make sure that you do not make costly mistakes during the claim process, negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you are fully compensated, and take your case to trial when the at-fault driver's insurance company refuses to pay full compensation.

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

The claims representative for the insurance company is a trained expert whose job is to save as much money as possible for their company. Although they might appear friendly, they are not looking out for your interests, and they will take advantage of your inexperience with the claims process and the fact that you do not have counsel representing your interests. The claims rep will often pressure you to settle your case quickly and to sign release documents that protect the insurance company. They will attempt to get a statement from you and they will not tell you that they are looking for evidence that they can use to limit your recovery.

The claims rep from the insurance company is trained to get statements from you that will show fault on your part so that they can deny or limit your claim. They are not going to explain South Carolina's comparative negligence laws or how they intend to use the information they get from you. If a jury finds that you are more than 50% negligent in your auto accident, you are completely barred from recovering any damages. If you are found less than 50% negligent in your accident, your recovery will be limited by the percentage of negligence attributed to you. Think Miranda warnings that are given by police officers: anything that you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Or in the claims process and depositions in your auto accident case.

In some cases, the claims rep will retain a private investigator to conduct surveillance of your activities following an auto accident, and they will use video evidence against you to limit your claims. They might ask you for a medical authorization but not explain that they intend to obtain your prior medical records and not just your records related to this accident. They will not explain to you that it is not in your best interests to settle your case before you have finished treatment because you may not know the true extent of your injuries and losses until weeks or even months after the accident.

Your Auto Accident Lawyer Will Protect Your Interests

Insurance company claims reps do not want you to consult with a personal injury attorney because they know that you will insist on full compensation once you know what you are entitled to under the law. Your lawyer will not permit the insurance company to question you without counsel, to settle your case for less than it is worth, or to take advantage of you in the claims process. The personal injury attorneys at Axelrod and Associates know how insurance companies operate and will fight to make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form today.

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