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When to Call an Attorney After a Car Accident

Jul 25, 2018

When it comes to car accidents in the United States, the statistics are staggering. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel:

● More than 37,000 people die in car crashes each year.
● More than 2.35 million people are injured from a car crash each year.

With these numbers, it’s virtually certain that you will know someone who is in a car accident at some point in your life. From fender benders to serious trucking accidents, it may be hard to tell when you need an attorney and when you can handle the matter yourself. While we suggest you always consult with an attorney, here are 3 times you definitely need to talk with an attorney. After all, you have nothing to lose – at least with us – since we offer free consultations and take cases on contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay attorney’s fees unless we recover money for you.

1. The insurance company has denied your claim. Just because an insurance company denies a claim does not mean that you are not entitled to money. Insurance companies are in the business of making a profit, not being your friend. Don’t take a denial without fighting back. We can assess your case and determine your likelihood of winning should you decide to pursue compensation and advise you of all of your legal rights and options.

2. The insurance company has given you a low settlement offer. You may not be sure what you are entitled to, and the insurance company knows that. If the settlement offer seems low, or really anytime you receive a settlement offer, you should consult with an attorney. You may accept something much lower than what you deserve. And accepting it may bar you from recovering what you deserve in the future.

3. You have ongoing medical bills. If you’re injured, unable to work, or have medical bills accruing, you may be tempted to take a settlement offer sooner than later. After all, you need the money to pay your bills. We completely understand that. But you may be making life more difficult for yourself down the road. By accepting a settlement offer before you know your full amount of damages – including injuries, medical bills and other costs – you may prevent yourself from recovering the full amount possible. We can help guide you on the best time to pursue compensation and what to do in the meantime.

If you’ve been in an accident, even something seemingly minor, it doesn’t hurt to talk with an attorney. Make sure you know and understand your rights and your options so that you are able to make an educated decision. Call us today for your free consultation – we are here to help you.