How do I know if I need a lawyer? I was in a car accident in Northern Virginia. There were injuries and damage to the vehicles, but the other driver is claiming liability. I was thinking about trying to settle with the insurance company without an attorneys help.

If you were the one injured in the Virginia auto accident and your injuries are pretty serious, it is probably not a good idea to try to settle on your own.  Insurance companies are known for being difficult to work with and, lately, many insurers have been offering lowball settlements to accident victims.  You may be able settle on your own, however, if the injuries are not serious or if you are not looking for extensive damages.

When a Virginia personal injury attorney represents you, you generally have a better chance of receiving a higher settlement from the insurance company.  If you go about it on your own, you need to understand that you are not going to have someone looking out for your best interests.  The insurer doesn’t make money by paying claims, so be prepared for a battle.

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Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney