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When to Call a Lawyer About a Car Crash

When to Call a Lawyer About a Car Crash

The first question you may want to ask yourself is whether you actually need an accident lawyer. This will depend on the type of accident and the extent of damage. It may not be necessary to have an attorney if the accident simply involves minor property damage and no personal injuries, but there are instances under which it is absolutely advisable to hire an attorney.

Instances That May Require a Lawyer

When to call a lawyer.While not every car accident requires the expertise of a lawyer, there are many circumstances when a person will benefit from legal counsel – or at least legal advice. You should at least consult with a lawyer if the accident in which you were involved resulted in any of the following:

  • Significant property damage
  • Any kind of injuries (especially serious or long-term injuries)
  • Injuries that prevent you from working
  • Injury to a child
  • The death of an individual
  • Permanent of long-term disability

Some of the other reasons you may wish to seek the services of a car accident attorney include:

  • There is some possibility you may be partially at fault for the accident
  • More than one person is to blame for the accident
  • You have no idea of the monetary value of the accident
  • Someone (police, insurance investigator, etc.) has asked you to make a recorded statement
  • The insurance adjuster has made an offer that doesn’t seem fair and equitable
  • The insurance adjuster has offered a structured settlement
  • The insurance adjuster is asking for medical records that have no bearing on the accident
  • You are having a problem documenting your lost wages
  • The insurance company is taking its time settling your claim
  • The insurance company has denied your claim

Time is Important

Once you determine your situation may require the services of a car accident lawyer, you want to hire one to work on your case as soon as possible. The sooner you get legal representation, the easier it will be to deal with the insurance adjusters who are attempting to either minimize or eliminate payment of your claim.

Each passing day without legal counsel has the potential for diminishing the value of your claim. It doesn’t cost anything to hire a lawyer since personal injury lawsuits are based on contingency, which means if you don’t win, you don’t owe us anything in attorneys fees.

The sooner you contact a lawyer to assist with your claim, the sooner you can hope to either receive a fair settlement from the adjuster or have your case presented to a judge. Your lawyer has to have time to gather the evidence necessary before even contacting the insurance adjustor, so you want to make a decision about legal counsel right away.

If you need a car crash lawyer, the best time to call is right now!  The sooner you call, the sooner the attorney can start preserving evidence, filling out paperwork, and dealing with the insurance adjuster on your behalf. Call us right now at 1-800-ATTORNEY (1-800-288-6763).

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