PART II: Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Injury Claim?
So you’ve learned the long and short of a personal injury claim. Now you want to know if you need to hire a lawyer.
Well, like all great questions, the answer is:
Whether or not an attorney is needed for your particular case depends many different factors, including, but not limited to:
How the accident happened, when it happened, who was at fault, if they have insurance, if you have insurance, what treatment you’ve had, what treatment you’ll need, for how long, if you had prior condition, for how long you treated for a prior condition, if you’ve been in more than one accident, if you’ve been injured in some other way after the accident. . .
. . . and so on. Your own case requires a thorough one-on-one assessment with a lawyer because so many factors are in play.
On top of that, there are many unwritten rules and ways that insurance adjusters are trained to minimize an injury claim and reduce the amount they pay out. An attorney can foresee these arguments and the booby traps before they are made, and can prepare your case accordingly. An insurance company can and will argue anything that will get them a discount on the case price.
This can sound like:
“The accident was only a mild fender bender,” or
“Your car wasn’t that badly damaged, so you can’t be that badly hurt,” or
“You were getting massage/chiropractic/physical therapy treatment before the accident, so that prior condition is more likely the cause of your pain, not the accident,” or
“You had too much treatment that wasn’t necessary,” or
“Everyone eventually has a bad neck or back or shoulder, so your pain would have happened anyway,” . . .
. . . and so on.
At our firm, we will never pressure you into hiring us. Our aim is only to give you an honest assessment of the facts of your case. So regardless, we recommend you get a consult as soon as possible so avoid unknowingly digging yourself into big or small holes that may be difficult to get out of later, including and not limited to:
Records you share, with whom, releases you sign, conversations you have with adjusters, letters you respond to (or do not respond to), when you begin treatment, what you do for treatment. . .
. . . and so on.
That said, not everyone needs to actually hire a lawyer. It just depends, and we’ll tell you why.
Whatever you do, do not skip this step. If you’ve been in an accident, consult with an attorney no matter what.
Want to find out out how we work at Dayani Law Firm? Read on.
Lauren Adler is lead personal injury attorney at Dayani Law Firm. She offers free consultations and speaks clearly and honestly about your options after a car accident. Send her a message below or call directly for a consult at (206) 777-5627
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