I was involved in an accident (not my fault), but I’m not hurt. Do I still need a lawyer?
What do you do if you’ve been in an accident that was not your fault? You appear not to have any injuries. It may seem like you don’t need a lawyer, but this is an incorrect assumption. This guide will show you why.
Injuries are not always apparentAfter an accident, you may appear to be uninjured. However, injuries can sometimes take a few days to arise. Suddenly you're in a great deal of pain. What next? First of all, even if you aren't visibly injured you should always seek a medical consultation to make sure. "Feeling good" is not a professional medical opinion. You could be diagnosed with an injury that was not causing you pain but could rapidly deteriorate sometime later in life.
Insurance DeadlinesIf you do see injuries develop in the days after the accident, timing will be extremely crucial for filing a claim. There are deadlines to meet, and if you go these first few days without the proper legal guidance, the at-fault party's insurance will jump on your latency and do everything in their power to invalidate your claim. Having a lawyer is a necessary part of establishing the legitimacy of both your injuries and your right to compensation.
Lack of Representation is a Huge RiskInsurance companies would not be as wealthy and powerful as they are if they paid out in full on every claim. It is the job of the insurance adjuster to give you as little money as possible. They are NOT your friends and they are NOT on your side. Without proper legal representation, you run the risk of getting stuck with a minimal settlement and the potential to owe thousands in medical and repair bills. A Board-Certified Trial Attorney can help you maximize your claim to get your life back on track after an accident, and there is no risk involved.