Why Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Sep 21, 2017 in Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another’s actions, it is in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to help with your injury claim. An attorney will represent your interests throughout the process and will be dedicated to defending your rights. Our law firm handles these cases on a contingent fee, which means you do not have to pay anything unless and until the case settles. That means you will never receive a bill from us. We only get paid if you get paid.
Our seasoned car accident lawyers in Silver Spring have decades of experience recovering compensation for those who have been injured by another motorist. We are committed to fighting for our clients and helping them get the compensation they need to recover from their injuries and losses.
6 Ways an Attorney Can Help
Hiring a car accident lawyer can be extremely valuable to your injury claim. These are some of the many benefits to hiring a lawyer and how he or she can help with your claim.
1. Handle the Insurance Company for You
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Their insurance adjusters are highly trained at negotiating insurance settlements and will do everything they can to minimize what they pay, even to the point of denying a valid claim.
If you do not have experience negotiating with insurance companies, it can be difficult to ensure your best interests are represented and that you receive the full value of your claim. Furthermore, an insurance adjuster may get you to inadvertently issue a statement or make a comment that could affect your ability to recover the compensation you deserve.
Having an attorney represent you before the insurance company can have a significant impact on your claim. Your attorney will:
- Negotiate with the insurance adjuster
- Handle all details of your claim for you
- Help prepare a written or verbal statement that is carefully crafted to your benefit
- Represent your best interests and fight to obtain the compensation you deserve
Our lawyers have decades of experience working with insurance companies and negotiating fair settlements for our clients. We are familiar with all of their tactics and know what it takes to prevent unfair settlement offers and help ensure you receive the compensation you need.
2. Prove Liability for Your Injuries
Often one of the most complicated parts of a car accident injury claim is proving that another’s negligence caused your injuries. This is an important part of every car accident claim, as individuals harmed by another’s actions have the right to compensation.
However, all parties involved will likely attempt to shift blame, making it difficult to prove exactly who is liable for your injuries.
An accomplished personal injury attorney will be able to sift through the evidence to determine exactly who caused your injuries and then build a strong argument on your behalf.
Having handled many complex personal injury and auto accident cases, our attorneys have the skills and resources to obtain the evidence needed to build a case on your behalf. This can include:
- Consulting medical experts to validate the seriousness of your injuries
- Reconstructing the accident scene
- Obtaining the accident report
- Gathering your medical records from all of your doctors
- Interviewing witnesses
We are also experienced in defending our clients against claims of contributory negligence, which can prevent an injury victim from recovering compensation if he or she was even partially at fault for the accident. We are committed to defending your right to compensation.
3. Determine the True Value of Your Injuries
Another complicated part of many car accident claims is making sure you receive compensation that is representative of the true value of your claim and the damages you have suffered. Insurance companies are skilled at convincing injury victims to accept lowball settlement offers and will work to pay as little as possible for your claim.
However, attorneys who have handled countless auto accident claims know the true value of your claim and will not accept any settlement offer that does not cover the full extent of your losses. We will work to help make sure you receive compensation for all of your losses, including those you have lost in the past and may lose in the future. This can include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
4. Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Insurance adjusters spend their days negotiating insurance settlements. They are skilled negotiators who vigorously fight for their best interests. So too are auto accident lawyers. We regularly negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys. However, the significant difference is that we are solely focused on the best interests of our clients.
Before entering into a negotiation with an insurance adjuster, contact a trusted car accident lawyer who has experience doing just that on a regular basis. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating fair settlements for our clients that help them obtain the compensation they deserve. We will not settle for anything less.
5. File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if Necessary
A significant benefit to hiring a car accident lawyer to handle your claim is that we can advise you of all of your legal options. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement amount, we are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit to help you get the compensation you deserve.
This step is often the action that pushes the insurance adjuster to offer a fair settlement, even before the case goes to court. However, we are always prepared to take a case to court if it is in the best interest of our clients.
6. Explain the Laws and Regulations that Apply to Your Claim
Insurance policies are nothing more than contracts that detail the responsibilities of each party. However, deciphering the details of these legal documents can be complicated. Our attorneys are trained in the law and can read through your policy to help ensure the insurance company is acting in good faith and upholding the requirements of the contract.
If not, we can explain the legal options available to you that can help you hold that company accountable and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Additionally, there are likely many laws and regulations that apply to your accident that only an attorney will be able to identify and potentially use to your advantage.
We will guide you through every step of the insurance claim and legal processes, making sure you understand the many laws and rules that apply to your case.
When to Contact a Car Accident Attorney
Although it is always in your best interest to contact a lawyer after a car accident, there are some situations when it is highly recommended, including if:
- You suffered injuries in the collision
- Your injuries are permanent or long-lasting
- Liability is contested
- The insurance company refuses to pay
- You have been asked to provide medical records or a statement
- The insurance company has offered a low settlement that does not cover your full expenses related to the accident
Contact Our Silver Spring Car Accident Lawyers for Help Today
No matter the circumstances of your claim, you should contact a trusted car accident injury attorney as soon as possible following an auto accident. The lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan offer free, no obligation consultations to discuss the details of your claim and to explain how we can help you.
Do not hesitate to contact us today to get started right away. We do not charge upfront fees and only require payment if we obtain compensation for you.