A frequent question we hear is whether someone should hire an accident attorney if they have been involved in a car accident. Many people do not realize the intricacies involved in the claim process, and they believe the insurance company when it acts like their friend and says it will “take care of everything”. This leads some people to avoid hiring an attorney altogether, or if they do decide to hire one later, sometimes the damage has already been done.
Can You Handle an Auto Accident Alone?
If you decide to go it alone, there is a high likelihood that you are going to make some mistake that will cause you to lose out on valuable compensation. The bottom line is the insurance company does not have your bests interests at heart. Its goal is to pay you as little money as possible.
Get a Free Legal Consult First
Before making the potentially costly decision to represent yourself, you should at least consult with a car accident lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations. A brief consultation can provide you with some basic information about the process and help you make the decision on whether to hire a lawyer.
Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
As to whether you should go to the next step and hire an attorney after your free consultation, we strongly believe that anyone who has been injured in a car accident should hire one. An attorney will likely be able to get you considerably more money than you could get on your own, and an attorney will be able to navigate the claims process, notify the proper insurance companies, analyze the complicated issue of whether any health insurance or other benefits providers are entitled to be paid back, and negotiate any unpaid medical bills.
At the end of the day, you will almost always end up with a better result if you hire an attorney than if you try to handle it yourself.
When to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident
If you’ve had a car accident, the first thing that you should make sure that you do is at least talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. There are a number of important steps that need to be taken immediately after an accident. One of those is to make sure that you’re getting the proper medical treatment and that that treatment is being paid for by the proper sources, whether it’s health insurance or medical payments coverage.
If you don’t have health insurance, a lawyer can help you get set up with a doctor that will see you and defer payment until after a settlement.
Another important thing that’s often overlooked is making sure that the proper insurance companies are notified. If certain companies aren’t notified within a proper period of time after an accident, they may try and deny coverage and say that they weren’t timely notified. That could cause you to lose the right to a very valuable source of coverage for your injuries.
If you’ve had an accident, we would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a free consultation so that you can make an informed decision on whether you need to hire a lawyer.
Get The Champion Firm Today
The Champion Firm has helped clients like you, and we’re ready to help you with your case. We understand the trauma of a car crash and want you to secure the compensation you deserve. We have recovered over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We understand insurance and liability laws and are ready to help you.
Call 404-596-8044 or use our online form for a free, no-risk consultation.