When Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

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When Do I Need to Get an Attorney After a Car Accident?

When Do I Need to Get an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Jan 18, 2024

Car accidents can impact your life in a number of ways, with an injury potentially leading to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. Knowing how to navigate the insurance claim process or take on an at-fault party who caused your car crash is essential.

This blog will serve as your in-depth guide, including everything you need to know about when to hire a California car accident lawyer.

When Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

When Do I Need to Call a Car Accident Lawyer (and What if My Injuries are Minor)?

There is a general rule of thumb which states that if you’ve been injured in a car crash – regardless of the severity of your injuries – it’s in your best interest to hire a licensed, experienced, and proven attorney to help you get the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

But what if my car wreck injuries were only minor?

In general, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately following a car crash that results in an injury. You should know your rights and the potential damages before you settle with an insurance company. Remember that damages can include medical costs, pain and discomfort, lost wages, emotional trauma, etc. The effects of a serious injury can be felt slowly. It may take time for the full picture to emerge.

It is in your best interests to contact an attorney from Dordulian Law Group as soon as possible after a car accident. Insurance companies are in business to maximize profits, so they’ll do everything possible keep payouts as low as possible. Insurance companies will send their own lawyers and adjusters as soon as you are involved in a car crash to evaluate your claim. A good personal injury lawyer can help victims level the playing field after a car crash. You deserve a team of professionals to fight to make sure your losses are covered and that you get the medical attention and care you need.

By not hiring an attorney, you could only receive a fraction from the total damages. Additionally, you might rush to sign an agreement without fully understanding the extent of your injuries. Insurance companies may reduce the payout to the point that you cannot receive the necessary medical care going forward. As a result, if the insurance company rejects your claim, you may have to pay exorbitant costs out of pocket. Following a car crash, you should ask yourself:

If the insurance company has attorneys fighting for them, why shouldn’t I?

Negotiating without proper legal representation can have significant consequences, including a small payout leaving you to shoulder mounting costs.

Understanding the Difference Between Car Accident Insurance Claims and Lawsuits

Understanding the Difference Between Car Accident Insurance Claims and Lawsuits

Typically, after a car accident injury, the first step is to file a claim with your insurance carrier. But it’s not recommended that you make an official statement without first consulting with a car accident attorney. You will be asked by your insurance company for details such as the date, time, and location of the accident (and whether or not you were injured).

If you were injured in an accident caused by negligence, you may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. The nature and extent your injuries will likely determine the value of the claim.

In some cases, the other driver might not be insured or have insufficient insurance to cover your losses. You may be eligible for compensation under the uninsured driver clause in your auto insurance policy. You may have questions before you hire a personal injury attorney but it’s important to begin this process as soon as possible after the accident. An experienced attorney can evaluate your losses and help you explore your options.

While some car accident cases do go to court, the vast majority are settled during pre-litigation (pre-lit). When a case does go to trial, it is usually because the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement to the injured person. That’s why it’s so important to hire an attorney that can not only negotiate well, but who also has the ability to present your case in front of a jury or judge if necessary. At Dordulian Law Group, we prepare every car accident claim for trial – and our attorneys have courtroom experience which can help ensure you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

How to Know if the Car Insurance Company is Taking Advantage of You After an Accident

Car insurance companies have a reputation for using tactics to intimidate or convince injured accident victims to settle claims that are not in their best interests. But Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) team of attorneys in our top-rated Car Accident Division has seen these tactics for decades. We understand how insurance companies work and are prepared to fight for our clients’ rights and to receive the maximum amount of damages awarded to cover all losses – both economic and not-economic.

Insurance companies can use a variety of tactics to intimidate injured victims:

  • Using Evidence Against You: An insurance representative might contact you and seem sympathetic initially. They then may request that you give a recorded statement of the events surrounding the accident. But these professionals are trained to ask questions in a way that favors them, not you. Once you have “gone on record,” all information that you provide can be used to your detriment in order to lower the payout or influence a claim in the favor of the insurer. It can be difficult to reverse damage caused by a recorded statement (which is what the insurance company wants).
  • Trying to Rush an Unfair Settlement Offer: Insurance companies may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement offer before you have had the chance to assess your injuries. A claims adjuster will often call a victim of a car crash shortly after the accident. The standard offer may include “We will cover all of your medical expenses and throw in $750 to compensate for your pain and suffering.” Unfortunately, however, many injured people regret accepting such an offer and signing the release. What happens if you have health problems a few months after signing the release? You may not be able to recover damages if you didn’t hire an attorney. In California, releases can be written with binding language, making it nearly impossible to recover damages you may not have anticipated. In these cases, the victims may be liable for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Discouraging You From Receiving Much-Needed Medical Treatment: Insurance companies often play a game where they discourage medical treatment by claiming that it is not covered. They then may use this instruction to punish car accident victims that comply. Insurance companies may encourage you to postpone medical treatment until “confirming liability ” or “approving coverage ,” implying that you could be responsible for any additional costs. You may be told that they are “gathering more information” and you should delay certain treatments. When you delay medical treatment on the advice of your insurance company, they can use that against you by saying, “If you really were hurt, why waited so long to see a doctor?” Unfortunately, many car accident victims are harmed by this tactic. Injured victims may put their health in danger and could then are left with the bill when their insurance company denies the claim because they followed the advice provided. An experienced personal injury lawyer from DLG will fight for you to receive the medical treatment you need without worrying about the cost.
  • Important Questions to Ask When Consulting With a Car Accident Attorney

    Searching for the best Los Angeles, California, car accident lawyer can be a stressor. But there are some standard questions you may want to present during your initial consultation. These include:

    1. How often do you represent car accident injury victims?
    2. What are your fees (and will I be responsible for any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses)?
    3. Can you provide an estimate for a fair settlement?
    4. Do you have experience negotiating with medical care providers hospitals and insurance companies to reduce expenses?
    5. Do you have experience representing clients with my specific type of injury?
    6. How long will it take to receive a reply to an email or voicemail?
    7. Will you handle my case directly?

    Finding an attorney with the right type of experience in handling cases similar to yours is essential. This will ensure that your claim is processed correctly and you have the best chance at securing justice as well as maximized financial compensation for your car accident injuries.

    DLG has over 25 years of experience representing injured victims who have been hurt in all types of car accidents – from head-on collisions and hit-and run accidents to speeding and distracted driving crashes. Our aggressive personal injury attorneys will fight to protect your rights. Our experience has led to successfully securing more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are committed to handling every case with professionalism, dedication, discretion, and individualized attention. With DLG, you’re never just a number.

    Our experienced attorneys can help you pursue a financial award for your personal injury case. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation today.

    Contact us today 866-GO-SEE-SAM for your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ensuring the insurance company or at-fault party does not take advantage of your legal rights. You owe it to yourself to take the first step towards avoiding financial loss after an unfortunate car accident injury that occurred through no fault of your own. There is never any obligation for our expert legal services, and we are here to answer any questions you may have 24/7.

    Call us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM to get justice for your car accident injury.

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