If you've been in an accident and you've been injured or your property has been damaged, then you're going to need to file a claim against the offending party (if the accident was not your fault). Although you could go through this process on your own, it's typically a much better idea to hire a lawyer after the accident to help.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer
The biggest mistake you can make is to assume you don't need a lawyer following an accident. You may think you can save money by filing a claim on your own, or you might think the accident wasn't serious enough to warrant a lawyer. This can lead to several problems. The following are some of the problems you may run into without a lawyer:
- Some injuries do not reveal themselves until a later date. For example, maybe you were rear ended. You may begin having neck or back problems a week later. Choosing not to hire a lawyer because the damage to your vehicle was minimal may be a bad idea if the pain you experience becomes regular.
- The defendant's insurance company may refuse to pay your claim because they don't believe the defendant was at fault.
Hiring a lawyer following the accident ensures you have someone at your side throughout the entire process. The lawyer will help to collect evidence something you may not be able to do depending on the extent of your injuries.
They'll also be able to go toe-to-toe with big insurance companies if they deny your claim or attempt to low ball you with the settlement. A lawyer will advise you on whether the settlement is fair or not.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer?
There's no immediate time limit following the accident. There's a statute of limitations, but you've got a decent amount of time to file a claim. The first thing you need to do, if you are injured in any way, is seek professional medical help. Not only do you want to make sure you're treated - even if the injury is minor - but you want to have proof you had injuries resulting from the accident that had to be treated.
If you're not severely injured, you'll want to file a police report to establish proof of the accident and collect evidence at the scene. If you are physically capable, take pictures of the damage and take down the names and numbers of witnesses. Once you get home from the accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer.
The sooner you get in contact with a lawyer following an accident, the more effective they can be at putting together a case. Hiring a lawyer is the safest way to ensure you can get the settlement you’re entitled to. Contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 to speak with a personal injury lawyer and schedule a free consultation.