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When do you need an Accident Attorney


If due to the negligence of another person, you were involved in an accident and injured, you may assume that the insurance company of that person would cover the cost of your medical expenses. This is not the outcome in every case as insurance companies do not fairly compensate everyone.

In reality, many insurance companies will try to compensate victims with as little compensation as possible. Also if the person that was responsible for the accident that injured you were uninsured, you will not receive the full compensation you require.

In a situation such as this, it is advisable to appoint an accident injury lawyer. Lawyers specializing in this field work to ensure their clients receive the appropriate compensation for their injuries. In some circumstances, it is not necessary to hire an accident injury lawyer, i.e., when your injuries are only minor.

If you have suffered minor injuries, it is best to handle the case on your own instead of hiring a lawyer and potentially taking the case to court as the compensation for minor injuries would not make hiring a lawyer worthwhile.

However, if any of the following applies to your circumstances then you need to consider appointing an accident injury lawyer:

  • Due to the accident, you suffer a permanent impairment.
  • Due to your injuries you suffered, you had to have surgery.
  • Due to the accident, you received a traumatic brain injury.
  • A previous injury or health issue has got worse due to the accident.
  • Due to your injuries, you need to have some form of long-term treatment or physical therapy.
  • Due to the accident, you are unable to work for a long period.
  • Due to the accident, you cannot carry out basic everyday activities such as walking, getting dressed or feeding yourself.

Bear in mind that an accident injury lawyer will generally take a case on a contingency basis, which means you would only have to pay them if they win your case. The fees if the lawyer wins your case can be as high as forty percent, which means if you receive a settlement of $50,000, your lawyer could take as much as $20,000. Before appointing a lawyer check and confirm the contingency fee they will charge.

An accident lawyer can help you consider whether it would be better to settle the case out of court. Settling out of court is quicker, less expensive, and less risky than if you take your case to court. But in some cases, it would be more be beneficial to take your case to court.

If you have been seriously injured having a lawyer can be very helpful when fighting for fair compensation. Instead of trying to take care of the situation on your own, you would be better off hiring qualified professional assistance.

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