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When Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Auto Accident?

When Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Auto Accident?

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and emotionally-overwhelming experience, especially if it is your first time. While you are collecting evidence and exchanging contact information with the other driver(s) involved, you might be wondering if you need to hire a lawyer to handle your case.

The truth is not every collision requires professional legal assistance. In cases involving minor damage and no injuries, parties can handle these claims through their own insurance providers.

However, the following are common situations where you may need to hire a lawyer for your case:

  • Serious injuries – From broken bones to paralysis, a significant injury requires extensive medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and missed time from work to heal. Since serious injuries result in substantial medical costs, a lawyer can help you obtain the maximum award or settlement necessary to help victims make the best possible recovery from injury.
  • Fault is unclear – If you are being held responsible for the accident, even though the other party is to clearly blame, you need to hire an attorney to protect your rights and best interests. Your lawyer can prove that the other party is at fault to help you avoid paying damages for something you didn’t do.
  • Death – When someone died in the accident, you need an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit enables surviving members of the deceased person’s family to recover compensation to pay for funeral and burial expenses, past medical bills prior to the deceased person’s passing, and other noneconomic damages associated with the loss of a loved one.
  • Multiple parties – While the cause of collisions involving two drivers is often clear-cut, accidents involving multiple vehicles can be more complex. To make sure you are not held responsible—or entirely liable—for the crash, having a lawyer on your side can make a huge difference.
  • Denial of claim – If the at-fault party’s insurance company—or even your own insurer—denies a claim, that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Insurance adjusters are committed to protecting the company’s bottom line, which means finding any excuse to deny or significantly reduce your claim. Your attorney can negotiate with the adjuster to help you obtain a reasonable award.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Savannah, GA, contact Brooks Law Office and schedule a free consultation today.

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