When you are involved in a Seattle car accident the best response is to call a Seattle accident injury lawyer who can help you obtain full compensation for the injuries you have suffered. The Seattle personal injury lawyers at Chris Jackman Law Firm have successfully negotiated many auto accident injury claims on behalf of our clients.
Call us today at 206-245-6442 for a free, no-risk evaluation of your case.
At The Jackman Law Firm we operate on contingency fee agreements with all our personal injury and auto accident claims clients – which means we defer payment until settlement of your case. The best thing about this is that if we do not win your case for you then you pay nothing at all. We think this arrangement is the best way to motivate our lawyers to fight on your behalf for the monetary compensation you deserve. You’ve really got nothing to lose and everything to gain.Nationwide is a Mega-Corporation
Formally known as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Nationwide is a conglomerate of roughly 100 insurance, financial services and other companies that work with clients in the US. As an extended network of companies, they have various headquarters throughout the US, with their main center in Columbus, OH. The Company employs about 34,000 insurance agents and financial advisors. They have a notable standing amongst US companies as they are listed on the Fortune 500 and ranked in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” as #53.
Nationwide began in 1928 as a small company providing lower cost auto insurance to farmers who drove less and had relatively fewer accidents than suburban and city drivers. Over the years they gradually expanded their coverage to all drivers and bought other companies, such as life insurance and indemnity companies. As the fourth largest US auto insurance company, in 2017 Nationwide earned $46.5 billion in revenue and had amassed $230.6 billion in total assets.Why You Need a Lawyer to Lead Your Auto Accident Claim
As Americans we have a “can-do” attitude and like to think we are invincible in the face of adversity – which is a great perspective for most of life’s challenges. However, when you are facing off against a multi-billion dollar mega-corporation comprised of highly experienced claims adjusters and a team of high caliber lawyers, you could use a little back-up.
If you enter into the negotiations alone you will almost certainly not obtain the top dollar amount you deserve for your injuries. Unless you are an experienced auto accident injury lawyer, you will not be aware of the strategies the insurance company will employ to diminish your claim. As professional personal injury lawyers who specialize in Seattle auto accident injury claims, we are fully informed of all the maneuvers claims adjusters make to mitigate your case.Common Tactics Employed by Nationwide Claims Adjusters
Here’s a list of what claims adjusters tend to do to downplay your case and reduce payout on your claim:
- Ask you to sign documentation that limits the scope of your claim (without fully informing you of what you are signing);
- Request access to your medical records (in hopes of proving your injuries were pre-existent or augmented by pre-existing conditions);
- Make a relatively quick determination of your claim amount and forward an offer before you have talked to a lawyer or fully understand the extent of your injuries or the damages for which you can sue;
- Be very friendly and pretend to have your best interests in mind as they do whatever they can to minimize your claim.
Keep in mind that Nationwide claims adjusters have a very specific job to do. They must work with you to arrive at a clear understanding of how the accident occurred and the damages you suffered. And they are charged with negotiating a dollar amount that will seem at least “fair enough” to you while also being significantly lower than the full amount you really deserve. All this is, of course, in the service of maximizing profits for their employer by minimizing payout on auto accident claims.You Can Obtain Compensation for A Variety of Damages
Your right to sue for damages is not limited to the physical injuries you have sustained. Here’s a list of all the damages for which you can sue the auto insurance company:
- Medical bills for doctor appointments to treat your physical injuries;
- Lost pay at work due to time missed because of the accident;
- Therapy and/or psychiatrist bills for appointments to treat mental health conditions (such as PTSD) caused by the accident;
- Loss of future earnings due to long-term injuries;
- Emotional stress and psychological suffering due to the accident;
Call The Jackman Law Firm today for a free initial evaluation of your case.