After a car accident many people hope to resolve the claims that arise from the accident on their own, but those that attempt to resolve these claims on their own are often left wondering if they need a lawyer to assist them. Whether or not you need a lawyer depends on the extent of your injuries and how it is affecting your life.
If your car has minimal damage and the person that hit you is adequately insured, you may not need a lawyer to assist you. If your injuries are minimal and will not require treatment and time off of work, you may not need a lawyer to help you. But, if your injuries are significant, or you have high medical bills or a lot of damage to your car and are not being treated fairly by the car insurance company, you may need to seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury attorney that can assist you in getting the results you deserve.
If you are injured in a car accident, and you call and make a claim with the insurance company of the person that hit you, they will likely take a statement from you, and begin to evaluate your claim and possibly offer you a settlement. We suggest that you don’t give a statement to anyone other than the police officer at the scene of the accident, but many people don’t know any better and do provide a statement to the insurance carrier. If you are reading this and already gave a statement, don’t worry it is something we can deal with, as it happens all the time. If you have had some conversations with an adjuster and the insurance company offers you some form of a settlement, it is usually not enough to cover all your losses. This settlement is usually much less than what you would get, if you had adequate representation. If you have damage to your car and you are injured here are some of the damages you may be entitled to:
- A settlement for the damage to your vehicle.
- Rental car expenses.
- Your medical bills, including ambulance, hospital, physical therapy, chiropractic, medications.
- Out of pocket expenses that you would not have had otherwise.
- Mileage expenses.
- Loss of Earnings if you missed work.
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress/Anxiety.
If you have significant damage to your car and you are injured and are unsure if you need a lawyer or not, you should at the very least get a free consultation before you speak with the insurance company. It is important to know what to do to protect your legal rights. We provide free consultations, go over all of your options with you, and let you know our thoughts on your case. This initial meeting will cost you nothing. If you want to retain us to pursue your claim, we work on a contingent fee basis, meaning we do not get paid until we settle the case, and we get paid a percentage of your settlement. There is no upfront or advance out of pocket expense to you. Over the past we have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases and would be happy to help you with yours.