The answer to this question is different for everyone. Some people feel safer contacting an attorney immediately in order to get an idea as to their legal rights and responsibilities.
Other people will let their situation play out a bit before actually contacting an attorney for advice.
On certain cases where fault is clear and injuries are very minor, there may not be a need to get an attorney involved in your case. However, there are certain red flags that can signal that it is time to contact an attorney to protect your self.
If the insurance company has contacted you and assured you that they will “take care of everything,” beware. They will often ask to take a recorded statement from you regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury. They will tell you that this is standard policy. If and when this happens, we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney.
The second circumstance that presents a red flag is where you have sustained serious injuries. If your injuries are extensive, you may have no idea the potential value of your claim. You will almost always end up with a higher recovery with an attorney even when attorney fees are factored in.
The final circumstance that presents a red flag involves a situation where you have been injured and there is a dispute as to who actually caused the accident. When fault is an issue, having an attorney representation can make a dramatic difference in the result of your claim.
If you have any questions regarding your car accident or any type of personal injury claim, do not hesitate in contacting our office for a free consultation.