Many people do not realize when they are hurt, even in a minor accident, that a good personal injury attorney is an invaluable resource. Some people try to just “handle it on their own,” thinking if something is small in their mind, it is not worth bringing in a personal injury attorney. But, if you have never been in an accident before, how do you know what you are doing? How do you know what your case is worth? Are you really in a position to determine that your case is “small?” That is what a qualified personal injury lawyer is there to help with. Valuing a claim requires extensive experience in personal injury law, and county by county experience is also important, as the exact same case can be worth several times more in one county of Illinois versus another. When an insurance company offers you money for your claim, if you just say, “that sounds fair,” how do you know that? You need someone who can help you not only determine the fair value for your injury, whether it be from a car accident, nursing home mistake, slip and fall, construction site injury, or anything else, but also how to maximize any recovery. Medical liens have also become a major issue to be dealt with in personal injury cases. Most people do not realize that even if your health insurance company pays for your medical treatment after an accident, you may be obligated to pay any money your receive for your injuries back to your insurance company. A good personal injury lawyer can not only help navigate that, but use the law to get the amount you need to reimburse your insurance company reduced — putting more money in your pocket. Injured victims are simply not equipped to deal with sophisticated lienholders looking to get paid. When you are in an accident, with respect to financial issues, the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, etc. are NOT on your side and are NOT looking out for you. When you retain a personal injury attorney, that person is required to be loyal to you and look out specifically for your best interest, no one else’s. That is why consulting a lawyer after any type of injury caused by an accident is the most important thing you can do to put you in the best position for a financial recovery as well as a medical one.