Do You Need an Attorney After an Accident
If you’ve just been in a traffic accident, your first instinct may be to get home as soon as possible, take a hot bath and try to forget the incident ever happened. However, what you do at the scene of the accident can dramatically affect the settlement you receive from the other party’s insurance company. In most cases, it’s a good idea to enlist the services of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, even for what you may consider to be a minor accident.
Why you need an attorney after an accident:
Your injuries may not be immediately apparent.
With many types of injuries that result from a traffic accident, you may not feel the effects until days or even weeks later. This is especially true of neck and back injuries. A good personal injury lawyer will help you keep your options open until the full extent of your injuries can be determined.
The insurance adjuster has mixed interests.
It’s always a good idea to view the insurance company as not necessarily having your best interests at heart. Keep in mind that the insurance company’s primary responsibility is to the insurance company and its shareholders, not to individuals submitting a claim.
Your case is going to court.
If it seems unlikely that you and the insurance company are going to come to an agreement outside of court, you’ll want a lawyer to present your case to the judge and jury. The days and weeks after an accident is no time to be trying to learn personal injury law so you can represent yourself. You need a skilled attorney who understands complex legal issues.
If you find you need a lawyer after an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident, we’re here to help. Contact the Deuterman Law Group today for a free consultation.