When you are in any type of accident, it is difficult to know what to do. If you have never been in such an accident before, you may be completely clueless as to your rights and responsibilities. It is often a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney, but there are also some instances in which you really don’t need to hire an attorney. Here is what you need to know.
Situations That Don’t Require an Attorney
There are several accident scenarios in which you don’t need a personal injury lawyer. For example, if you are in an accident but not injured, you won’t be able to get any kind of award. Secondly, if you were only minorly injured, an attorney would cost more than it would be worth. Most insurance companies are willing to work with you on a settlement for minor medical bills.
Another situation in which you don’t need an attorney is when the accident was your fault, such as a car accident. However, if you are in another type of accident in which you may only share a portion of the responsibility, and you were seriously injured, you may still have a case that would need an attorney’s expert hand.
When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Most of the time if you have a serious injury you should talk to a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible. When you start adding up all the medical bills, your lost wages, and other losses due to the injury, the number can grow very quickly. At that point you need an attorney to negotiate with the insurance companies and sue if necessary to get you a fair settlement.
Some cases are also very complex. Truck accidents, for example, have many possible defendants or liable parties. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to navigate and investigate these cases to get the best outcome possible.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.