When Is It Time To Hire An Attorney For Your Car Accident?
When you’ve been injured in an accident, your life can change in an instant. In an instant, you can find yourself with expensive medical bills, out of work, and not able to fully enjoy your normal quality of life. If your injuries are the result of the negligence of another person, you are owed fair compensation for your damages. However, getting compensation for your injuries, even minor ones, is not a simple process and at some point, you will consider hiring an attorney. How do you know when it is time to hire an attorney? Here are somethings to consider:
- Your injuries are traumatic, severe, debilitating, or permanent: If you’ve experienced an injury so severe that it has dramatically altered your life, there is no question of whether or not you need an attorney. When you’ve been injured very badly, you need to focus on healing, recovery, and adapting to the changes in your life. Handling all the paperwork, proving liability, and negotiating a fair settlement for your injuries is too much for someone suffering from a severe injury. An attorney will handle everything so you can focus on your real priority: Getting better.
- Was the injury caused by the negligence of someone else? In situations where your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, whether they are a poor driver, your employer, or a business that didn’t exercise premise liability, you need an attorney on your side. Proving liability is a complex legal process that requires a lot of knowledge and work. A good accident lawyer has worked with similar cases and knows exactly what is required by both insurance companies and courts to prove fault. Having an attorney will ensure that you can prove that your injuries were the fault of another person and from there, negotiate a fair settlement.
- Are you getting the “runaround” from the insurance company? Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not protecting your interests. They will do everything they can from lowballing you, bouncing you around from claims adjuster to claims adjuster, to simply not returning your phone calls in order to pay you as little as possible. Insurance companies have even been known to employ tactics in hopes that claimants will simply give up, or even more insidious, will run the clock out on the statute of limitations for the claim, leaving people with nothing. An attorney can help. Injury attorneys know exactly how to get insurance companies to respond. They also know what is fair market value for your damages and will make sure that the insurance company pays you what you are owed.
- Has the insurance company lowballed you or even denied your claim? Sometimes insurance companies will simply offer too little or deny the claim. In these cases, your only real course of action is to get an attorney to dispute their offer. An injury attorney is on your side and will go to bat for you with the insurance companies. They will review your case and look for any possible information or evidence that can support your claim. They can help you appeal your denial and make sure that you get a fair shot at settlement negotiation no matter the current status of your claim.
Finally, unless you are very familiar with injury law or have negotiated a settlement before, it’s pretty much always in your best interest to hire an attorney. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the real question you should ask is which attorney should you hire. At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, our attorneys have over a century of combined experience representing people just like you in Florida. We have negotiated settlements for a range of different injury cases, so we have the know-how to ensure that you get a fair settlement for your injuries. So instead of asking when, give us a call and find out how when can help you today!