Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney After a Car Accident?

Automobile accidents can range in impact from insignificant to catastrophic, from the slightest scratch or dent to debilitating injury or even death. The decision about whether to contact a personal injury attorney will usually be determined by the extent of the damage and whether there are any physical injuries or other losses. It’s important for you to understand that contacting a personal injury attorney does not automatically mean that you will be going to court or filing a lawsuit. There are many ways that speaking to an attorney can help.

  • A personal injury attorney can protect your rights

It is hard to determine the extent of your damage or injuries immediately after you’ve been in an accident. You can walk away from a fender bender certain that you’re fine, only to wake up with headaches or severe pain a few days later. An attorney will advise you on the best steps for you to take as well as what you should not do in terms of signing any papers provided to you by an insurance company.

  • A personal injury attorney can help you anticipate what the actual costs of medical treatments or property damage will be

In many cases, an insurance company will offer you a settlement soon after your accident, and though the amount that they suggest may sound appealing, it may fall far short of your actual damages. A personal injury attorney is familiar with reasonable economic and non-economic damages and will help to ensure that you receive an amount that is fair and that accurately reflects what your costs will be. They can also take on the unpleasant task of negotiating with your insurer so that you don’t need to worry about being intimidated or confused.

  • A personal injury attorney can represent you in court

The large majority of personal injury claims are resolved without ever having to go to court, but if you end up having to file a personal injury lawsuit an attorney will represent you and act as your advocate, ensuring that your story gets told and fighting for you to receive the amount of compensation that you deserve.

Personal injury attorneys have expertise in all aspects of car accident claims. They can advise you as to your rights and whether you have a case worth pursuing, as well as regarding deadlines for filing claims. For more information about how we can help, contact us today.