IRC Study Shows the Benefits to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or other personal injury accident, you’re likely debating whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer. This is a fair question, but a study from the Insurance Research Council provides some useful information to consider when making this important decision.
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The Insurance Research Council is an entity that provides research and insights into public policy issues facing the insurance industry. They publish the results of their findings on a wide variety of insurance related matters.
The Insurance Research Council conducted a large study of insurance claim payments, and the results are clear – hiring a personal injury lawyer increases both the amount of settlements, as well as the likelihood of settlement.
By The Numbers
This study showed a number of useful data for deciding whether hiring a personal injury lawyer is a good idea. The study found that hiring a personal injury lawyer resulted in:
For anyone considering the value of hiring a lawyer, these statistics are incredibly useful in making this determination. The data shows that hiring a qualified personal injury attorney can increase the probability of maximizing your settlement – as well as the chance of settlement in the first place.
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Winning Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases in Ohio are governed both by common and statutory law. These types of cases deal with the foreseeability of injuries, duties of care we all owe to the other members of our society, breaches of that duty, causation and damages. All of these elements must be proven by the injured victim who is referred to as the Plaintiff in the case. Generally, the Plaintiff’s burden of proof is by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that the Plaintiff must produce slightly more evidence in their favor than the person who hit her. That person is called the Defendant or the tortfeasor. The Plaintiff’s burden of proof is why most personal injury attorneys will tell you how critical it is for your case that all evidence be gathered at the scene of the crash. This includes witness’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, police reports, statements, photographs, and diagrams. Here are some helpful tips if you are in a car accident in Ohio:
- Only make statements to the police. Do not volunteer any information to anyone else. Although most cases settle out of court, those that do not will be filed in the appropriate court of law. The previously gathered evidentiary information will then be most useful at the trial of the case.
- Always report the accident to your insurance company even if you were not at fault.
Dennis P. Sawan
Licensed in Ohio and Georgia
Christopher A. Sawan
Licensed in Ohio and Michigan