Do or Don’t You Need an Auto Accident Injury Lawyer?
In most instances, it takes an experienced lawyer to make sure that accident victims recover the actual worth of their medical bills, pain, suffering, and damages to their vehicle and its contents. Depending on circumstances surrounding the accident and coverage level, it’s possible a reasonably intelligent accident victim to handle his or her claim on their own, without the assistance of a lawyer. Aside from the general challenges presented by defendant insurers, below are a few more instances that illustrate how your interests are best served with the assistance of a local, experienced car accident attorney.
You’ve Suffered Bodily Harm in the Wreck – If you suffered any sort of bodily injuries in your accident, you should have an experienced lawyer handle your claim. A good indicator is whether you need a return visit to your doctor after being treated for your injuries. When you seek damages for bodily injuries, insurance companies don’t have to abide by any preformed guidelines when deciding how much to pay you. Because, by their very nature, insurance companies are more about premiums than claims, they can legally choose to pay you nothing by default. Their option is the first benefit of having a lawyer who is looking out for your interests regarding your claim. If you’ve suffered broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, or any other sort of injury in your wreck, do the smart thing and call an excellent attorney quickly.
The Other Driver is Hard to Deal With – It’s a good idea to call an attorney if the other driver involved in your accident gives you a hard time either at the scene of the wreck or later. If that other driver doesn’t want to provide you with his contact or insurance information, you must call an attorney. Belligerent accident “victims” usually have something to hide, either from the law or their insurance company. Their behavior could be an early indication that he’ll make it as difficult as possible for you to recover what you deserve. If you dealt with this kind of behavior, this could be a big red flag that you need to seriously consider hiring a lawyer, or at least have a serious visit with one.
You Can’t Afford to See a Doctor or Pay your Medical Bills – Many people don’t have health insurance, which would help them afford the treatment they need after they’ve been involved in a wreck. Even if an accident victim does have health insurance, the odds become less every day that their treatment needs may not be covered under their health benefits. Whether or not they have health insurance, many accident victims are reluctant to get treatment for their injuries because they don’t think they can afford to take time off of work to see a doctor. They have higher-than-normal deductibles, which preclude even using their health insurance.
Seeing a doctor and getting treatment for your injuries after an accident is not only essential to your health, it’s necessary for your injury claim or lawsuit. If you can’t afford treatment, or if you already have medical bills that you can’t pay, there’s probably something that our personal injury lawyers can do to help. We regularly work with doctors and healthcare professionals and can hook you up with the right doctor who will consider your situation. We have helped many of our clients receive necessary medical care after an auto accident at no out of pocket cost to them. Additionally, we can explain how the time you take off from work to get medical care may be computed in the damage compensation owed to you by the defendant in your case.
If you’re lucky, and none of those circumstances apply, the odds are pretty good that you can handle your case on your own, without the assistance of a lawyer, and reasonably resolve it. Sometimes, plaintiffs can successfully protect their rights when they’ve been involved in a wreck, which resulted in property damage only. If your car was damaged, but you’re not injured, insurance companies are bound by strict guidelines that tell them what they have to pay you in compensation for the damage to your car. Since these guidelines give them little wiggle room, insurance companies have minimal opportunity to rip you off when they reimburse you for your repair bills. If there are serious injuries, no guidelines exist. That’s when you need legal help in defending your compensatory rights.
Call us today. One of our accident injury attorneys will patiently listen to you, analyze your case, and explain your options. Our goal is to make sure that you recover as much as possible for your injuries and make this sometimes complicated legal process as easy as possible for you to bear.
The period after a car accident is often stressful and confusing. Don’t add to it and the confusion it creates by letting an inexperienced attorney handle your case or represent yourself when you are unqualified. With decades of experience, we are uniquely qualified and fully prepared to get you the best results possible. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact an attorney at our Texas Law Firm today at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.