Insurance companies often encourage people to represent themselves in a personal injuries claim. People who do not engage lawyers are referred to as “direct claimants”.
The most obvious reason to be a direct claimant is that you will not have to pay legal fees.
Research shows however that direct claimants receive a small percentage of the compensation that they are entitled to.
A 2017 study conducted by the Qld Motor Accident Insurance Commission in 2017 revealed that the average compensation payout for a legally represented claimant was $93,305.46, compared to only $13,481.94 for direct claimants.
Even after legally represented claimants paid legal fees and outlays, they still received 5 times the amount of compensation in their hand than direct claimants.
The evidence is clear – YES, if you have a personal injuries claim, you should engage an expert personal injury lawyer to represent you!
Contact GC Law on 1300 302 318 or www.gclaw.com.au for your FREE personal injury claim review.