When you are involved in a car accident, you will often incur expenses like medical bills due to injury or car repair bills. Even if a car accident is minor, these expenses can be overwhelming and become a problem. Be sure you speak to an auto accident attorney if you have been involved in a car accident that has caused you injury or cost you money.
Do You Need an Auto Accident Attorney for a Minor Accident?
Even a minor car accident can result in injuries. Serious injuries can occur just from being bumped by another car from behind, so it is important that you protect yourself. If you have sustained any injuries at all from a car accident, no matter how minor the accident was, you will want a lawyer on your side to get you the compensation you require.
A personal injury attorney will be able to assess your injuries with the help of a doctor and determine whether the other party is responsible. If the other party needs to be held responsible for injuries caused by your accident, your attorney is there to make sure that you get a reasonable and fair settlement that will cover your expenses.
Another expense that can be incurred even in a minor car accident is damage to your car. After an accident, you should take your car to a mechanic to see if any repairs are needed. Sometimes there can be a big problem that you didn’t even notice at first. Your mechanic will be able to tell you if something happened to your car as a result of the accident. Find out how much your car will cost to repair.
Your attorney will use the advice of the mechanic, and possible other mechanics, to determine how expensive your car repairs are going to be to you. That way you can be sure that the responsible party will be taking care of the repairs and that fixing the damage will not come out of your pocket. Even if the damage seems to be minor at first, it is always a good idea to have an attorney on your side advising you about your next steps.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Insurance Company Representatives
When you are seeking a settlement in the case of a car accident, you will be contacted by attorneys who work for the insurance company of the other party. These lawyers are paid to help the insurance company pay out as small a settlement as possible and they will pressure you to take less than your case is worth. They will continue to call and harass you until you agree to the low amount or you hire an attorney to speak for you.
An experienced auto accident attorney knows how to talk to insurance company representatives and how to match their tough talk and tactics. Your attorney will continue to push for your best interests and will not encourage you to take a settlement that is smaller than you deserve. Your attorney will know how much your case would be worth in court and will hold out for at least that amount.
Your attorney is an expert in negotiation and knows how to raise the amount of your settlement with the insurance company. It is a mistake to try to negotiate with the insurance company yourself, even if you have a background in negotiations. This is because the case is emotional to you, and it will be hard to be objective. You can trust your attorney’s negotiation skills and know you are getting the best.
An investigation needs to be completed in order to get all of the proof and documentation necessary to handle your case. Information will be needed on the cars that were being driven, the traffic laws in that space, and any extenuating circumstances that were involved in the accident. Your attorney’s investigative team will answer all questions and gather any documentation needed. They will also take photos and testimony from witnesses.
If your case cannot be settled out of court, it will need to go before a judge to be decided. You do not want to handle a trial case on your own. You will want an attorney who is experienced in representing clients in court and who understands what a judge needs to hear in a case like yours.
Your attorney has argued cases in court before and is completely comfortable in this role. With professional representation, you will be awarded the most you possibly can for your case.
Timing is an issue in any legal experience, and a personal injury case after a car accident is not an exception. The other party can attempt to make a settlement drag on, and court cases can last a long time. Your attorney has the experience to know tricks and tips for helping court cases move along.
Additionally, time is of the essence when it comes to starting your case. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury case so you must move quickly. Your attorney will know about all of the deadlines involved and will be able to advise you so that all of your documentation and investigation are provided on time to the court.
Your medical bills will be a large part of the settlement or amount awarded to you by the court. Medical bills can add up very quickly, even for minor injuries. You may have bills if you were transported by ambulance, taken to the emergency room, or kept in the hospital for any amount of time. You may also have bills for follow-up appointments or seeing a doctor when your injuries presented themselves after the accident.
Your attorney is there to make sure that the negligent party is held responsible for these expenses and that you are given enough to cover this cost.
Another expense you are likely to face after a car accident repairs to your vehicle. Even minor car accidents often include damage to cars, and the other party’s insurance company should cover the cost of those repairs. Your attorney will make sure that you are not stuck with large car repair bills that were incurred because of someone else’s mistake.
Time Missed at Work
Another type of expense that some people forget is the money you lost because you could not attend work. You may have had to miss work because of an injury or doctor’s appointments. You may have also had to miss work in order to get your vehicle repaired. You should be compensated for these losses, and your attorney will take care of this.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can be difficult to determine, so you need an attorney to help you understand what a fair settlement would be for the mental anguish you experienced as well as physical pain.
No matter how minor a car accident is, lawyers are necessary if there were expenses to the person who was not at fault. If you were injured or your car was damaged in a car accident, you should call a lawyer to find out what your options may be. Contact Old Ochs Law Firm today for a consultation about your case. You deserve to be compensated for your losses. We can help make that happen.