An Attorney Knows the Law
Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you after a car accident, medical malpractice or any other injury means you will have a professional working for you — one who is extremely knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural rules that may affect your case.
An attorney can advise you of any time limits (called statutes of limitations) that can operate to bar you from filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. For instance, in many states you must file your lawsuit within two years of your car accident or be forever prohibited from filing your lawsuit. An attorney will also be able to inform you about any special exceptions to the statute of limitations — for minors, for example.
Your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and will know how best to handle any possible defenses raised by the other side. In addition, once your legal case gets under way, an attorney will be an invaluable guide in navigating the often confusing world of trial preparation — and even going to trial if your case doesn’t settle.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, having an attorney who is knowledgeable about the law evens the playing field, especially when you are going up against the experience and vast resources of a big insurance company.
You Have Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain
100% free consultation to meet with an attorney to assess your case. You have a contingency based fee agreement — meaning that if you don’t win the case, we don’t win and you don’t pay a dime. Only when you win does the attorney get paid.
An Attorney Can Do the Legwork For You
There is a lot of work that goes into negotiating an insurance settlement and trying a personal injury lawsuit. After you have been in an automobile accident, taking on this time-consuming work may be the last thing you want to do, assuming you’re able. An attorney can do it all for you.
Whereas this may be your first time dealing with the ins and outs of an accident claim, injury attorneys have dealt with all manner of claims and a variety of insurance companies. They have experience obtaining the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gathering police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment and lost wage information.
Your attorney will also be able to organize the evidence and prepare a settlement demand letter for the insurance company. If you are unable to settle your accident case, your attorney can take care of filing the necessary paperwork to start a court case and can deal with the attorneys for the other side on your behalf. Having someone knowledgeable handling the hard work of your case eases the burden on you, which is especially important if you have been seriously injured and are trying to recover from your injuries.
An Attorney Advocates for You
Perhaps the most important way an attorney can help you with your car accident case is by being your advocate. This means that your attorney acts on your behalf and for your benefit throughout the entire claims process (negotiating with the automobile insurance company) and even in court if a lawsuit becomes necessary. He or she will be your champion before the judge, jury and other attorneys, making sure that your side of the story is heard and that you are compensated for all of your losses.
Having an experienced and articulate advocate working for you is essential in obtaining a reasonable and fair resolution in your car accident case.