It’s very likely that you will be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. If you’re lucky, you will walk away from the car accident without any injuries, but it doesn’t always turn out this way. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you will need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney.
But, how do you know when you should seek legal representation? And when should you make the first call to an attorney? Here’s what you need to know:
When Will You Need An Attorney?
It’s not legally required that you work with a personal injury attorney if you have sustained injuries in a car accident, but it’s in your best interests to do so. This is especially true if you have sustained long-term or permanently disabling injuries in the accident.
Long-term injuries are those that will affect you for at least a year, while permanent injuries are those that will leave you partially or completely disabled for the remainder of your life. Some of the most common long-term or permanent injuries are traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Victims may not be able to stay employed after sustaining one of these injuries. In addition, they may require extensive medical treatment including surgeries, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Some victims may not be able to live on their own anymore and may require at-home care from a nursing professional. For these reasons, it is imperative that you work with an attorney who can help you recover compensation for these expenses.
It’s also important that you work with an attorney if liability has not been established in the car accident. If the other driver’s insurance company has made it clear that they do not believe their policyholder is at-fault, this means they have no intention of paying you the compensation that you deserve. In this case, you should reach out to an attorney who can help you prove liability. Attorneys can gather evidence needed to prove liability by interviewing witnesses, reviewing photos taken at the scene of the car accident, obtaining a copy of the accident report, and consulting with car accident reconstruction specialists.
If you believe an insurance company is acting in bad faith, which means it is not fulfilling its obligations, you will need to seek legal representation. Insurance companies can act in bad faith when they deny a claim without a valid reason, fail to provide you with information on why a claim was denied, fail to pay a claim, or don’t pay a claim in a timely manner. If this happens to you, an attorney can immediately step in and make sure that the insurance company knows they cannot get away with this illegal behavior.
If you are involved in a car accident case involving long-term or permanent injuries, liability issues, or an insurance company acting in bad faith, it’s imperative that you work with an attorney. But even if your case does not involve these things, it is still in your best interests to seek legal representation from an attorney if you have been injured in a car accident.
Call An Attorney As Soon As Possible
Your first priority after a car accident should be your safety, which is why you should seek medical attention and have your injuries treated immediately after an accident. After you have received treatment, your next priority should be seeking legal representation for your case.
Why is it so important to get in touch with an attorney right away? First, the at-fault driver will most likely notify his insurance company of the accident right after it happens. The insurance company will then assign an insurance adjuster to the case, who is responsible for gathering as much evidence as possible, calculating the value of the claim, and negotiating a settlement. The insurance adjuster will attempt to get in contact with you soon after he is assigned to your case. He may ask you to make a statement about the events leading up to the accident and the injuries you sustained as a result. It’s very important that you don’t make this statement or speak to an insurance adjuster about the accident at all until you have consulted with an attorney.
Remember, the insurance company is not looking out for you in this situation. The insurance adjuster does not care about the injuries you have sustained or how these injuries will affect your quality of life. The only thing an insurance company is worried about is their bottom line, so they will attempt to settle with you for as little as possible so they can protect their profits.
An attorney will be able to handle the negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. This way, you won’t accidentally say the wrong thing or accept a settlement that is far too low to cover the expenses you have incurred.
Another reason why you need to contact an attorney right away is because of the statute of limitations for personal injury cases. Most states only give you two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. Two years may seem like a long time, but it can fly by if you are recovering from serious injuries. If you don’t file a lawsuit within two years after the accident, you miss your chance to recover the compensation that you deserve. That’s why it’s recommended that you get started right away by contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the car accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Trial Lawyers for Justice today to schedule a consultation regarding your case.