Should I hire an auto accident attorney?
The choice of obtaining an auto accident attorney after an accident is a difficult decision for most people. This article is to help those contemplating the decision on whether or not they should hire a personal injury lawyer. To start off we will touch on the benefits of utilizing the services of a personal injury attorney.
One of the biggest things that personal injury lawyers offer is to their clients is simply “No fees if you do not recover”. Most auto accident attorneys work for a contingency fee. This means that if you do not win your case you will not pay attorneys fees. However you are responsible for certain expenses not directly related to an attorney’s services. Such as the fees doctors may charge for reviewing your records or for depositions.
Auto accident attorneys have experience
Another advantage of using an auto accident attorney is their experience when assessing your particular claim. Personal injury attorneys have experience with these cases and can tell you whether it’s worth to pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to win your case, you can avoid the time and expense of preparing for litigation. Complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and lot and lots of paperwork are common in personal injury cases. An experienced attorney can work through the maze of paperwork necessary to resolve your claim so that you can get on with your life. When meeting with an attorney, they’ll ask you to provide documents related to your injuries and accident.
Attorneys usually work with a team of investigators who have experience in specialized areas and will skillfully examine the technical aspects of your case. Proving important information about your injury will aid the investigative team for your case. Attorneys may also provide an alternative dispute resolution for your case. Lengthy and complicated trials are not always necessary to resolve a case. An experienced attorney will know whether your case may be best worked out using alternative dispute resolution methods. This will thereby save you time, money, and emotional energy.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can deal most effectively and quickly with the other side’s attorney. This is particularly important during the fact-finding part of the litigation when parties are required to exchange facts and documents. Personal injury lawyers also work with insurance companies regularly. Therefore they will not be confused by their tactics or feel pressured for their clients to settle for less.
An attorney may help expedite the process
Many personal injury cases are resolved by a negotiated settlement instead of trial. Generally, a settlement means the plaintiff will give up the right to sue in exchange for a payment from the defendant or an insurance company. An auto accident attorney will negotiate a settlement on behalf of a client. They will also try to resolve the case as early as possible.
If a trial is necessary an auto accident attorney can represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor. They will develop a legal strategy designed to help get you any and all compensation available for your accident injuries.
There are many myths on what is and what isn’t when it comes to your accident injuries, reasons for hiring a personal injury attorney, or dealing with your auto insurance. Here are a few common myths people make about their accident as well as hiring an auto accident attorney.
Common myths that people make about their accident:
Myth #1 – Minor accident do not cause major injuries
It is important to know your part in the case when it comes to your auto accident. One of the important things to understand is that a “minor” injury could be a lot more serious than you think. This is why is it crucial to get an evaluation by a medical provider in order to properly diagnose and treat your injuries. It will be very difficult to convince anyone that you had discomfort but chose to “suffer in silence” rather than seek appropriate treatment.
By not obtaining adequate health care or by returning back to work and normal activities too soon you may increase the chances of your condition to worsen. Further more you may also fail to comply with your duty to mitigate damages that the law imposes upon every injured person to prevent his/her injuries from becoming worse. Because of this the insurance company may state that they should not be financially responsible for some of the bills.
Myth #2 – Law enforcement will decide who was at fault from the accident
If the accident involves significant damage, notify law enforcement to come to the scene. When they arrive at the scene they will fill out an Accident report. The report will more than likely be for court use although it is not the police that decide who was to blame for the accident. A judge and or jury will make this decision.
So when finding a personal injury attorney make to gather as much information such as police reports, pictures, witnesses, as well as your own notes and recollections of how things happened to give yourself the best chance of winning your case.
Myth #3 – I will have to go to court if I hire an attorney
This is a complete myth when hiring a personal injury attorney. Most personal injury cases settle out of court entirely. In fact, many cases settle during the negotiation phase, and if they don’t, you can still try mediation or arbitration before going to trial. And, if you really do not want to go to trial, you can discuss this with your attorney when he takes your case.
Myth #4 – If I report my accident to my car insurance my rates will go up, even if I wasn’t at fault
When it comes to making a claim with their own insurance company, they have a fear and anxiety about making the claim even though the accident was not their fault. They’re hesitant to call their own insurance company or their own agent because they don’t want their rates to go up. We can’t say that this is true 100% of the time, but the majority of the time or 98% of the time it will not affect their rates. Especially since they got into one auto accident and it was somebody else’s fault.
Myth #5 – If you are not hurt immediately, you cannot sue for injuries later
In many situations a person will not feel pain from their injuries immediately after a severe car accident. The body releases adrenaline into the bloodstream to help get past whatever danger is in front of you. And for this reason you may not feel your accident injuries for a few days, weeks, and sometimes even months after an accident. As long as you are within your state’s statute of limitations, you will be able to file an injury claim. But it is always recommended to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident to correctly diagnose your injuries.
Read your Policy - You must report an accident within reasonable time
This is in regards to the insurance policy that the car insurance is committed to as well as the language within the fine print of your policy. It’s a contract that they had with their insurance company. The contract or the policy provides that they are to, within a stated deadline or reasonable to report every accident to their insurance company. If they fail to do that and then have to make a claim later on then they’ve given up their rights to make a claim on their own policy. Their anxiety about turning to their own insurance company to file a claim may hurt their right to recovery at a later time. This is because they’re violating the terms of their policy and the contract agreed upon.
Attorneys protect the interests of the average person
Some people think attorneys are just out to sue everybody. They don’t realize that they are here to protect the “little guy”. They try to get them compensation for their injuries, just as insurance companies are out to settle claims for a reduced amount or flat out deny coverage.
People are realizing more and more that insurance companies are not their friends and that they are very good at collecting premiums although very bad at paying claims. Insurance policies typically have many exclusions or fine print that nobody ever bothers to read until it’s too late. The trend that is occurring is that people are putting their foot down and don’t want to take the peanuts they are given. They simply want to hire an experienced lawyer and get what they deserve.
Attorney referrals for auto accident injuries
We know how stressful accidents can be and do all this is possible to smooth the road to your recovery. Therefore, If you have any questions or concerns with your injuries we would be glad to hear from you. If you are in the need of legal help we can provide you referrals on your request. We work with experienced personal injury attorneys who may help guide you through the tough legal process. Attorneys may also assist in working with your insurance company to help repair your damaged car.
Therefore, If you would like an experienced auto accident attorney contact us at 855-954-2273 so we may refer you to one. Finding an experienced lawyer is one of the first important steps in the auto accident process. We work with many lawyers in south Florida that practice personal injury that would be glad to represent you.