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5 Reasons to Consult an Injury Lawyer After Any Auto Accident

If you were involved in an auto accident and are experiencing pain, you may be on the fence about hiring an attorney. It is no secret that people tend to have certain preconceived notions about injury lawyers; and, if you have been in contact with the insurance companies, you may be feeling confident that you can handle the process on your own.

However, the truth of the matter is that there are several reasons to consult an attorney after any auto accident – especially if you have been injured.

Source: https://www.searcylaw.com/practice-areas/vehicle-accidents/

1

Your Lawyer Will Tell You to See a Doctor.

Just like many people are hesitant to seek legal help, many also wait too long to see a doctor. Neck pain, back pain, chest pain or pain in any other area could be a sign of a serious injury, and auto accidents frequently cause internal injuries with no immediate outward symptoms. Seeking medical attention is also crucial to securing full compensation after an accident, and your attorney will help make sure you receive appropriate medical care.

2

You Won’t Know the Full Extent of Your Losses.

If someone else was at fault in the accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for all of your accident-related losses. This includes not only your car repair and medical bills, but also loss of income, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other categories of financial and non-financial losses. Do you know how much your injuries will cost you in the future? An experienced attorney will make sure you do before you make the mistake of accepting a low-ball settlement offer from the insurance companies.

3

You Need Evidence from an Investigation.

Along with your medical records and the calculation of your future losses, you will need other evidence to support your claim for compensation. The less evidence you have, the less likely the insurance companies are to settle for full and fair compensation. An investigation may also reveal that more than one party was at fault in the collision; and, if an at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, pursuing multiple claims could be critical to collecting the money you need to move on.

4

You May Have a Claim Even if You Were Partially at Fault.

Too often, injured drivers fail to seek compensation because they assume they were at fault in the accident. But, how can you know that you were at fault (and someone else was not) until you see the results of an investigation? Was the other driver distracted or drowsy? Could he or she have done something to avoid the collision? You should never assume you were at fault (much less the only one at fault); and, under Florida law, you may be entitled to compensation even if you were partially to blame.

5

The Consultation is Free.

Finally, you have nothing to lose by speaking with an attorney. Most personal injury lawyers (including the lawyers at our firm, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA) handle auto accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that your initial consultation is free; and, if you hire the firm to take your case, you do not pay any legal fees unless you win just compensation.