You’ve been in a pretty nasty car wreck which leaves you wondering whether or not you need an attorney for a property damage claim. A lot of people think they can just handle it on their own, save a few dollars, and get what should be given to them. This typically happens without enough research, which is probably why it’s one of those questions that rests in just about everyone's head. Few really look into it further after their car is totaled in an accident before they dismiss it and go for the easiest and quickest solution. 

First off, one of the biggest problems is that these cases can be a bit difficult for consumers to handle on their own. With property damage, you are unlikely to ever recover the full amount of the perceived value of the vehicle after an accident. You will regain the "reasonable value" of the car, which is often much lower. This is also why cars end up considered "totaled" at a lower damage level than you would have expected. This doesn’t leave you in a great position with your property damage claim.

The honest truth is that you don’t necessarily need to hire an attorney if you want to recover some amount from your property damage claim. It's a small amount of money and giving an attorney any piece of that pie reduces an already small settlement.

Typically when it comes to property damage, most people take on an attorney so that they can just take all of the time, busy work, and learning curve out of it. To some, their time is worth more than the cut of their recovery that the attorney will hold on to. It's not exactly fun sorting through what can be a lengthy process, but if your time is valuable enough to budget an attorney, then this isn't always a bad idea. 

If your car was not totaled in an accident, you can recover the reasonable cost of the repair plus the smaller value of your car. However, this will likely require an expert to testify on your behalf, which immediately drives up the cost of the claim.

Overall, property damage claims are never a good deal if your car is damaged in an accident. However, if you are interested in learning more about your claim or have some questions, you can order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn more about personal injury claims.

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