Hi, my name is Dan Dagostino. I’m a Managing Attorney here are Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, and we often get phone calls from people asking why they need personal injury attorneys when they’re involved in an automobile accident.
What we explain to them is that, first, there are certain documents that need to be filed, such as application for no-fault benefits, which entitles them to recover medical expenses, as well as lost wages, depending upon the insurance policy that’s in effect at the time of the incident. In addition, we can help them get out-of-pocket expenses, as well as expenses for household help. And, most importantly, we talk with them about their injuries, an evaluation of their personal injury case itself. People that are involved in automobile accidents are entitled to an award for pain and suffering, generally, so we go through an evaluation and explain to them how we come up with a value for the injuries they’ve sustained in the accident.
When you’re representing yourself, the insurance carrier’s job is essentially to evaluate it from their standpoint, and to generally give you as little as possible to resolve your claim. Our job is to protect your rights and get you what you’re entitled to, and get you more, as well as a fair compensation for what you’ve gone through.
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