If you have been seriously injured or are unsure as to whether your injuries will permanently affect you, then you should consult and experienced personal injury before you give any statements or sign any papers.
Insurance companies have conducted studies showing that they generally pay injured people less money if the injured people do not have lawyers. This is why insurance companies often encourage injured people not to hire lawyers.
From the insurance companies perspective, it makes good business sense to discourage injured people from hiring competent help.
But from the standpoint of the injured person, it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm offers a free consultation, with no obligation to higher us. If you have questions about an injury claim, you should contact a law firm as soon as possible after you are injured so as not to do anything (such as giving statements or signing papers) that might limit your ability to make a claim.