While no civil case is easy, parents have an incredibly tough decision on whether or not they should look for an attorney if a child is injured. It can be tough to decide if it is the best interest of the child for the parents to make the claim and whether the child’s relationships with other people may be affected. However, generally speaking, it is in everyone’s best interest if the parents hire a lawyer to handle a civil case.
In most cases, an insurance agent will offer between ten to twenty percent of what they would offer if the child had legal representation. Even though lawyers take a large commission, normally between twenty five to thirty three percent, it is still in the child’s best interest to get a lawyer so that the child can receive maximum compensation.
Most lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means the lawyers only get paid if they win the case. If the child loses, the parents will owe nothing to the attorney. They will not have to pay the lawyer a fee and will not repay the attorney for anything.
It should be noted that getting legal representation is not the same thing as if you were suing somebody. A lawyer will present a case to an insurance company so that it does not have to be escalated and go to court. Proper legal representation will ensure that that the case is handled swiftly and efficiently.
If you do not even try to get an attorney, you will never know if you could possibly receive higher monetary compensation. Most of the time people will find that they did not receive the maximum award that they could have received. Generally, their response is “I did not know any better.” In reality, the parents were most likely lazy and just wanted to get their child money.
Make sure you do your due diligence so that your injured child can receive the maximum award possible. Failure to do so is irresponsible on the parent’s behalf. They should be doing whatever is necessary for their child, and getting an attorney provides the best chance for the child to get what they rightfully deserve.