How Do You Know When It's Time To Consult A Personal Injury Attorney?
When you've been injured in an accident, you may find yourself asking: "Do I need to consult a personal injury attorney?" The answer to that question is usually yes.
Why Do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The aftermath of an accident can be nerve-wracking and scary. The initial reaction for many accident victims is to accept whatever settlement amount the insurance company offers. However, doing so can be a mistake, and you may be short-changing yourself.
You may have severe injuries that can continue to affect you, long after the accident has passed. Even if you didn't go to the emergency room immediately after the accident, you may find yourself needing medical attention because of aches and pains that linger, or even worsen in the days following the accident. In addition to possible property damage and medical bills, you may be facing a reduction or loss of wages because you cannot work at full capacity for a period of time.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests, so the amount they offer to settle is generally not enough to fairly compensate you. The goal of the insurance company is to settle the claim for damages as quickly as possible for as low of a cost as possible.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can also help take an enormous burden off your shoulders, as you'll have someone in your corner who can deal with the paperwork and insurance company for you.
Tips for Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
It's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to preserve your rights under the law. Your case will depend on evidence from the accident and any treatment you received for your injuries, so having an attorney involved early in the process can help preserve that evidence.
There are a lot of lawyers out there; how do you know where to begin or how to choose an attorney to represent your best interests? Here are three questions to ask during a personal injury consultation with an attorney:
- What are your practice areas? You may be talking to a wonderful attorney, but if this person does not have experience or focus on the type of injury accident you've experienced, he or she may not be the best attorney to represent you.
- How will my case be handled? Ask your attorney to explain the steps involved in handing your case, what a realistic timeline looks like, and who will handle your case. Understanding the ins and outs of case management is an important step when choosing an attorney.
- What kind of communication can I expect? While you shouldn't expect daily updates from your attorney, it is realistic to expect periodic phone calls, letters or email communication. Ask your attorney upfront how often, and how, communications will be handled.
The most important part of hiring a personal injury attorney is finding someone you are comfortable working with; whom you feel you can trust to represent you well.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, contact The Olive Law Firm today online or by calling 704-377-9222 for a free personal injury consultation. We've been fighting for victims' rights since 1957, and we can fight for your rights, too.