After a car accident it can be difficult to ascertain whether you need to enlist the help of a qualified lawyer to help you. Lawyers frequently specialize in one area of law and car accidents are no different.
Attorneys that specialize in accident law will know exactly what is the best course of action for your specific situation and will be able to give the best advice possible. A lot of law offices offer free initial consultations; so if you are unsure whether your situation requires the assistance of a car accident lawyer, it might be a good idea to consult a qualified law office in your area.
Scenarios that don’t require having an attorney that specializes in accident claims are situations that are simple and clear-cut. In a situation where injuries are minor (requiring minimal medical attention and costs), the other party is clearly at fault and has admitted it, and there are no circumstances that require looking into or investigating, might not need the help of an attorney. However, it is important to keep in mind that a situation will be significantly more complicated if you initially forego the help of qualified professional but later, down the line, change your mind and decide to enlist the help of a lawyer. This is why, if you have any doubts or hesitations, it is always a good idea to at least consult an accident attorney about your case.
As mentioned above, it is a good idea to consult a lawyer if you have any doubts or hesitations about your case.
When liability is not clear, or if multiple parties are liable, it makes it difficult for a person to navigate the confusing landscape of claims law. In this scenario, having the assistance of a lawyer can make the process significantly easier.
You are unfamiliar with your particular claim’s evaluation process. If your claim isn’t so clear cut, you might want to consult a lawyer so he or she can instruct you on how to proceed.
You have to negotiate with the adjuster over some part of your claim: they request medical records, you think the adjuster’s claim is too low, or it doesn’t cover all of the necessary expenses. Lawyer’s are skilled negotiators because they know the law and because they negotiate on a daily bases as part of their job.
In these scenarios, consulting with a lawyer is highly recommended.
In certain scenarios, contacting a lawyer is probably the best course of action because the situation requires detailed knowledge of claims law.
If the insurance company denies your claim and they are unwilling to reconsider while you feel that you are entitled to compensation for the accident, you should contact an attorney to represent you.
You have circumstances that will make it difficult to prove why you are entitled to a higher claim amount. I.E., perhaps you are running your own business and your business suffered as a result of the accident.
The Insurance companies offered you a very low amount.
You are moderately or severely injured with the possibility of a disability.
One of the injured parties is a minor.
You wish to dispute a liability claim; you feel like you are not responsible or not fully responsible for the accident.
The circumstances surrounding your accident require an investigation.
You have been served with a lawsuit.
Any of the above mentioned scenarios make it a good idea to enlist the aide of a qualified attorney that specializes in accident claim law.