Do You Really Need an Attorney after a Car Accident?
No, you don't really need an attorney after a car accident, but it's a good idea. Most personal injury lawyers consult with injured victims for free and will tell them if they have a case worth pursuing.
Any reputable and trustworthy personal injury attorney will advise you when it's better to pursue your matter on your own and when it's better have an attorney represent you.
Generally, if you have been injured because of a car collision, you should have an attorney represent you. If you handle the claim on your own, you are at a disadvantage. Insurance company adjusters handle claims all day long and know how to reduce the value of your claim. Don't let them. Make sure to have a skilled personal injury attorney that you trust represent you. By having the right attorney, you will be able to get the appropriate medical treatment and get compensated as much as possible.
It is especially important to have a personal injury attorney handle your case when any of the following exist:
1. Your crash resulted in any death or long-standing/permanent injury;
2. You were transported to the hospital via ambulance;
3. Your car was totaled because of the crash;
4. It's not 100% clear whose fault the accident was;
5. Multiple parties were involved;
6. The insurance carrier wants to take your recorded statement.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to find an attorney that you like and trust. The attorney you are looking for will make sure that you are in the best position to recover as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lem Garcia of Lem Garcia Law
West Covina car accident law office, Lem Garcia Law, was opened to give people who were injured in a car accident a place to turn when they need help the most. I am a lifelong resident of West Covina and my goal is to help the area as much as I can. I am the youngest of three boys and the son of an engineer and hairstylist. I went to public schools in West Covina and went to college at Cal Poly Pomona. I went to law school in Western State University College of Law. I believe that by helping injured victims, I am making a difference in their lives.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.