Following a crash, it is never too early to consult a car accident attorney. In fact, contacting a lawyer should be a fairly high priority. This is especially true when the car accident results in a serious injury, it involves multiple parties, it is unclear who caused the accident, the accident occurs in a protected area like a construction/school zone, there are factual errors in the accident report or there are concerns with the insurance company.
Fortunately, we can help to provide the services you will need to sort through the aftermath of this ordeal.
The importance of experience
Depending on the situation, there is a lot of information to consider. A car accident attorney can help review the accident report, medical statements, bills and other relevant information. This information can include time lost from work, future medical expenses and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Once the attorney is up to speed, they can provide an informed opinion about the estimated settlement. All of this information enables the injured party to make a decision about the cost of the case and whether to accept a settlement from the insurance company
Fighting with the insurance company
Insurance companies seem to have a bad reputation for two reasons: They usually have the money but they don’t want to give it away. Insurance companies employ legal departments to help them hold onto their money, which is why your own legal representation makes sense. After car accidents, insurance companies usually have one primary goal: pay the least amount of money possible.
Ironically, the insurance company will usually offer advice not to hire a lawyer claiming it is a waste of money, makes the situation more complicated and that a quick settlement is in everyone’s best interest. But if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. To avoid getting the short end of the stick, hire an attorney to help handle the insurance company and ensure a fair payout.
Use the hired help
Hiring a lawyer can help speed up the recovery process by allowing the injured person to focus on their health and well-being. When a car accident attorney is hired, they can handle all interactions and communications with the insurance company from that point forward. Because a personal injury situation can often devolve into a lot of finger-pointing, even with relevant information, it can be difficult to calmly prove certain things, such as another person’s negligence or that another person caused the accident.
A car accident attorney better understands the legal nuances and how they apply to the case, helping to confidently navigate the difficult aspects of a personal injury case. Although an attorney is most prepared when involved from the beginning of the case, an attorney can usually assist at any point in time, helping to organize the information and implement a strategy to improve the odds of getting the best possible payout.
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NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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