By definition, no one ever expects to suffer from an accident. Without warning an accident can leave you physically hurt, emotionally exhausted, and looking for answers. In the first few days after an accident the first priority tends to be to assess the damage and work on getting healthy. In short order, however, you should ask yourself if you are in need of a personal injury attorney. After an accident things can move pretty quickly and it is important to make sure that your best interests are being represented effectively. This guide will help you determine if it is time to hire a personal injury attorney.
5 Ways To Know When To Hire A Personal Injury
It is important to note that each case is different. There isn’t one definitive way to know when you need a personal injury attorney. In some cases an attorney is not needed to receive a fair settlement. Then again, there are times that the protection of an attorney can help ensure your current and future needs are represented after an accident. As such, this list represents some questions to ponder if you are injured in an accident.
- Is the cause or fault of the accident under dispute? In some very minor accidents the cause of the accident is clear, as is the person at fault. If there are no injuries it is possible that the case can be settled without an attorney. If there is any uncertainty about the cause you may want to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. A reputable attorney can work to ensure that your interests are represented in the event of a dispute.
- How severe is the injury? In some cases the injuries may be very minor and may not represent a major hardship. For more extensive injuries, it may seem pretty obvious that the costs will be more sizable. One of the most difficult pieces of a personal injury case is determining the actual costs associated with the injury over the long term. It is almost impossible to know the true cost of an extensive injury, but an experienced personal injury attorney can help to anticipate some of the long term issues and will fight to make sure that a fair settlement is negotiated.
- Is the insurance company pressing for a quick settlement? In some cases, insurance companies use time to help further their ends. They take advantage of individuals who are still reeling from an accident and offer a settlement before the total costs of the accident are clear. In this case, time is not on the side of the injured party. Often, insurance companies will use time to create a sense of urgency; insinuating that the first offer will be in the best interest of the injured party. If you feel pressured by an insurance company to sign a settlement agreement, don’t hesitate to call a personal injury attorney.
- Do you understand everything you are signing? The law is a complicated entity and often times the amount of paperwork associated with an accident can be overwhelming. This mountain of forms and files only increases when it is time to go to court. Having a trusted ally, one that understands all of the legal jargon embedded in these documents, can only help the injured party. If you don’t understand what you are signing, don’t sign it. Talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, one that can walk you through the mountain of paperwork and help give you a clear understanding of the claim.
- Do you feel 100% confident in the process? An accident is traumatic enough. There is no sense in compounding the trauma with added stress. If you don’t feel confident that your best interests are being represented then you need an attorney. Many attorneys will offer a free consultation to review the merits of the case.
The attorneys at Chassaniol & Marty, LLC have years of experience fighting for our personal injury clients. For most of the clients we represent we agree to work on a contingency fee basis. That means we do not ask for any money up front, but instead we only get paid once our client gets paid. If you would like to learn more about our process or if you have questions for a personal injury attorney, contact us today for a case evaluation.