I was just in a car accident. Should I get a lawyer before there insurance starts calling me? I even had to go to the E.R.

Asked over 1 year ago - Lagrange, GA

I'm concerned whether I should retain a lawyer or not because I don't want to talk to the other insurance company because I know they will record me and try to change my story.

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  1. Anthony Charles Kalka

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    Answered . The Insurance Company will want to take your recorded statement; however, if you retain an attorney the insurance company will not be able to speak to you without your lawyer's permission. Furthermore, your lawyer can instruct the the insurance company to ask only specific questions or no questions at all. I highly recommend that you speak to a qualified personal injury attorney ASAP.

  2. L. Ty Wilson

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    Answered . You should speak with a personal injury lawyer before you speak with the insurance company.

    Ty

    This response is for general information only, no attorney client privilege has been established by this communication.
  3. Jamie Anthony Casino

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    Answered . Yes, you are right not to want to speak to the insurance company. A lawyer will handle things for you, so you can focus on getting better. This is a stressful time for you and you don't need to worry about how you are going to get reimbursed the money you are out. My advice is to call a few attorneys and choose one that you feel that you trust and treats you with respect. Good luck to you. -Jamie Casino

  4. Sam Louis Levine

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    Answered . You need to contact an accident attorney licensed in Georgia. There are some on this website and/or you could contact my office if you wish. I would be happy to speak with you. My # is (404) 303-8875. In the meantime, you should not communicate at all with the insurance company. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Take care.

    Sam Levine, Esq.

  5. Joyce J. Sweinberg

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    Answered . You should contact a lawyer immediately. Do not talk to their insurance company. Make sure you have photos of the damage to the car and any physical injuries and that you get the treatment you need. Talk to an attorney and take it from there.

    I will evaluate your case for free. I can also refer you to an attorney to help you if I cannot help you. Joyce... more
  6. Glen Edward Ashman

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    Answered . You're 100% right to be leery of insurance companies. They make a living trying to underpay claimants, and you are correct that statements you make without counsel will damage your claim. Theer are studies that say that claimants who deal direct with insurers average getting over 70% less than claimants with lawyers.

    I'd be glad to offer you a free consultation. Call me at 404-768-3509. And in the interim, do not talk at all to the insurer. Also in the interim, take LOTS of pictures of the car, the site of the accident and your injuries.

    If you find this answer helpful, please mark it here on AVVO as helpful. In answering you, I am attempting to... more
  7. Aaron P. Marks

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    Answered . You are right to consult with a lawyer before giving any statement. Please
    feel free to call my office Monday to discuss.

    Regards,

    Aaron Marks
    404-939-1485

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    Aaron Marks, Esq.
    The Marks Law Group, LLC
    103 W. Dearborn Circle
    Decatur, GA 30030
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  8. Kevin Coluccio

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    Answered . Yes- contact and consult with a p reasonable injury attorney. Go to the "find a lawyer" tab. Also, report the accident to your insurance carrier.

  9. Peter Jonathan Ross

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    Answered . You should always consult an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster in a personal injury case. The adjuster can ask you questions that you will have to answer whereas an attorney can tell an adjuster that some information is none of their business. Good luck.

  10. Robert G. Rothstein

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    Answered . You should definitely speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you speak with the other driver's insurance co. You can usually speak with a PI lawyer for free and then pay no attorney fee until the lawyer actually gets you money, after you agree to a settlement amount or after a trial.

    Robert G. Rothstein
    Injury Trial Attorney
    404-216-1422
    trialaw1@comcast.net

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  11. David Thomas Dorer

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    Answered . Insurance companies make money off of collecting premiums and not paying on claims. You should treat the insurance company as an adversary and should have someone represent you in all stages of the negotiation process.

    Answers to questions does not create an attorney/client relationship. I only am your attorney if I have entered... more
  12. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Yes, don't make any statements to ANY insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer. You would need to retain a personal injury lawyer to investigate. Find a lawyer with a low contingency fee, less than 30%, so you get the lion’s share of the settlement, not your lawyer. Thus, don’t get hurt twice by paying a huge fee. Good luck.

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  13. Jarome Emile Gautreaux

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    Answered . The short answer is yes, you are wise to consider getting an attorney BEFORE you speak to the other party's insurance company. Not only can an attorney help you not be tricked by the claims representative paid by the insurance company, an attorney can help make sure you comply with all the many deadlines that may apply to your case. These include a Statute of Limitations, insurance notice deadlines, and others that may apply in your case. I would also suggest getting photographs of the scene and the vehicles if you can, before they are altered in any way.
    Call my if you'd like to discuss in more detail.

    Jarome E. Gautreaux
    Gautreaux & Adams LLC
    478-254-4759
    www.theGAlawfirm.com
    blog: www.georgiatrialadvocate.com

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