My boyfriend is currently in the ER of the local hospital after an auto accident. He was in a chevy suburban, I'm not sure what the other vehicle was but our vehicle has very little damage and the other's entire trunk was crumpled. My boyfriend is now complaining of pain in his wrist, shoulder, back and neck. My boyfriend says she turned right in front of him into his lane when she had a red light and then stopped right in front of him and he would up running into the back end of her vehicle. I know it's likely we'll have issues getting his medical care completely paid for but should we get legal help before or after we start having issues?
I am sorry this happened to your boyfriend and I hope he has a speedy recovery. I understand being in an accident can be very frustrating and very confusing. Both attorneys make very good points. Waiting to seek legal representation will likely only create more problems for you and your boyfriend. It would be in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible and allow him or her to address this issue for you and head off any problems which may arise. Remember, the insurance company is going to have a professional on their side and his or her job is to find a way to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. You should have a professional on your side as well. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and work on a fee basis where there is no out of pocket legal fees to you. Good luck to you and your boyfriend.
Sorry to hear about the accident and I hope everything turns out well. Tell him not to give any recorded statements. Call your insurance company and the other drivers insurance company to inform them of the accident (but again do not give the other sides insurance company a recorded statement). Make sure he follows up with doctors. An attorney can help resolve these issues while he tries to get better.
Hire the personal inujury attorney as soon as your boyfriend is healthy enough to make a reasoned decision regarding representation. Waiting solves no problems. In the interim, tell him to focus on healing and tell him he owes no communication to any insurance carrier!
Good luck to both of you.
It is always advisable to get legal help as soon as possible. Especially in a disputed liability case, time may be of the essence in investigation, including getting witness statements. Even in cases where liability is not disputed, a good personal injury attorney will benefit your boyfriend in many ways including handling all correspondence with the insurance companies, obtaining all medical records and bills, negotiating with the insurance company and any lien holders claiming part of his settlement etc. Although you do pay a signficant portion of any settlement for attorney's fees, this is typically offset by the additional money that will be received due to the attorney's involvement, the reduction by negotiation of payments for liens and medical bills, and the service of performing many little things to help the case that are routine to the attorney, but your boyfriend would not know to do himself because he has no experience in these matters.
Now is the time to hire a personal injury attorney, not later.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com
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It is never a detriment to at least speak with a personal injury attorney. At a minimum even if he/she does not take your case, he/she will likely provide you with invaluable information in dealing with the insurance company. As a former adjuster I fully agree with each of the other attorney's comments. Remember no matter how friendly or ready to provide assistance the adjuster appears, their duty is to their insured not you.
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