Not every accident you’re in requires a personal injury attorney. Or does it? Knowing when to make the call and hire a lawyer can be confusing. Wait too long, though, and you might not be able to get what you’re owed at all.
If you’re ever the victim in an accident and suffer any kind of injury or property damage, call an attorney for any of these reasons.
The Other Party Won’t Cooperate
You know you weren’t at fault for the accident, but the other person isn’t cooperating. They won’t share their insurance contact information or help move the process forward. You’ve got their name and number and that’s about it. In an auto accident, this is why it’s good to call the police and let them file a report. In that case, it won’t be your responsibility to get the information. Regardless, if the other party won’t cooperate, it’s time to call a personal injury attorney.
The Insurance Company Won’t Pay
Insurance companies don’t exist to pay out a lot of money. They want to pay as little as possible, and they’ll use loopholes and technicalities to do it. Even when the insurance company offers you a settlement after an accident, it’s often barely enough to cover your medical expenses or repair your property. When you find yourself frustrated by the insurance company’s unwillingness to compensate you, talk to a personal injury attorney.
The Insurance Company is Too Aggressive
Just as bad as not paying is an aggressive insurance company. You can’t negotiate with them and they have a take it or leave it attitude. They’re not listening and refuse to discuss the situation with you. Insurance companies only listen to you if they think they have to. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a personal injury attorney on your side who’s not afraid to give as good as we get.
You’ve Suffered More than Injuries and Damage
Some suffering can’t be easily seen. You can’t work because you’re hurt. Your boss cuts your hours or fires you because you can’t come in. You have nightmares after the accident. If your injuries are more than the physical, you deserve compensation for pain and suffering. The only way to get what you deserve is to file a personal injury claim.
Liability Isn’t Clear Cut
Some accidents involve so many people or entities that determining who’s liable is difficult. If given the opportunity, everyone will point the finger at someone else to avoid paying. You’re the one stuck in the middle, not getting the help you need or the money you’re owed. A personal injury attorney can take your case to court and help determine exactly who’s liable and who owes you money.
You Become Disabled
Long-term and short-term disabilities represent a lot of mental anguish and long-term medical costs. You’ll also be out of work while you recover and go to appointments. Depending on the disability, you may not be able to work for a long time or the rest of your life. Your earning potential is drastically reduced and it’s not just you who suffers. Your family’s life changes the moment you’re hurt. You need to work with a personal injury attorney to make sure you get everything you’re owed.
You Want to Know Your Options
Talking to an attorney doesn’t mean you have to file a personal injury claim or go to court. After an accident, it’s important to know all your options and when you need to make a decision about what to do. You can’t make an informed decision without knowing how the process works and what you’re owed. A consultation is often free so you can ask questions, find out if you have a case, and know if you want to work with this particular attorney. It’s a no-obligation conversation that helps you make the best decision for your situation.
Some personal injury cases can be settled between you and the insurance company or the other party. But when you’ve got questions or your injuries are severe, it’s worth a call to an attorney. And if you’re temporarily or permanently disabled or the insurance company refuses to do what’s right, definitely find a personal injury attorney who will be on your side. Contact Ed Bernstein and Associates today!