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Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

should i hire a lawyer for a car accident

If you’ve been in an auto accident, and have seen the many TV commercials for personal injury lawyers, you may be wondering, “Do I need to hire a lawyer for a car accident?”

The reality is that every situation is different, and there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to personal injury litigation. Not every car accident is a legal matter. If you file a car accident claim with the auto insurance company, and they pay you what you feel you are owed, you may not need a legal service.

However, there are situations in which hiring a lawyer is the best way to ensure you are compensated adequately and fairly for your accident injuries.

If you’ve been in a car accident caused by another driver, you DEFINITELY need to hire a lawyer if :

  • You were seriously injured in an accident; for instance, there were broken bones, internal injuries, a hospital stay, or some other long-term impact.
  • Someone was killed.
  • You need medical treatment that will cost you thousands, even with health insurance.
  • You will miss a substantial amount of work or school.
  • You are unable to resume your normal life for a long period, or ever.
  • You experience pain and suffering, emotional trauma, PTSD, loss of companionship/consortium.
  • Your injury is the type that may present complications later.
  • The accident wasn’t your fault, or was only partially your fault.

The above list captures the type of situations in which hiring a lawyer can result in much higher compensation for a personal injury car accident claim.

hire a lawyer for a car accidentThere are many other areas where hiring a personal injury lawyer is the best way to receive the compensation you need, the attention of an unresponsive insurance company, or to ensure your rights are being upheld.

You probably need to hire a lawyer if:

There are some cases where it may not be necessary to hire a lawyer for a car accident.

You probably don’t need a lawyer if:

  • No one was injured – there was some property damage that is being handled by the insurance company.
  • The potential recovery is small; for instance, if the case would qualify for small claims court, it is probably not worth hiring an attorney.
  • The insurance company is playing fair, and offers an amount that fully covers all your damages. (It is important, however, to be confident that nothing unexpected will happen. Once you sign a settlement agreement, you can’t go back for more.)

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and you think you need to hire a personal injury attorney, contact TorkLaw. Complete the form on this page, or call us, day or night, at 888.845.9696. We offer free consultations with experts who can offer legal advice and help you navigate a complex legal system.

This consultation places you under no obligation to select our firm to represent you. Best of all, we operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay us anything upfront, and you don’t pay us anything at all unless we win or settle your case.

For more information, read our book online: Accidents Happen: A Consumer’s Guide to the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death System.


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