Do I Need A Lawyer After A Car Accident?
- March 7, 2017
Many people question the need for a lawyer after a car accident. After all, the insurance companies typically get involved and offer a settlement based upon fault and other factors. The problem is that this is faulty thinking. The insurance company is not looking after your best interests, and there is also pain and suffering to consider, along with time off of work and a myriad of possible other considerations that must be taken into account. This can all become rather overwhelming quite quickly, particularly when you are also trying to focus on your own recovery. In short, you do need a lawyer after a car accident. Let us cover some of the reasons why below.
Dealing With Medical Expenses
No matter how major or minor your car accident might be, you will want to seek out medical attention. If you do have injuries, these bills can mount rather quickly. Add on top of that the expense of driving to and from doctor’s appointments, timed missed from work, and other related expenses and it is easy to see why the negotiation of a proper settlement is so necessary. Rather than trying to navigate these waters on your own, thereby being tempted to accept the first offer of a check that comes your way, it is best to have a lawyer fighting on your side. Lawyers understand the system and they were well versed in protecting the legal rights of victims. You want them on your side.
Insurance Companies Do Not Look Out For Your Best Interests
Another reason you will want a lawyer after a car accident is the insurance company. This is particularly true when talking about the insurance adjuster from the at fault driver. They are out to protect their own bottom line and will work hard to get you to accept a settlement that is far below what you are actually entitled to. In fact, they will do their best to get anything you have said or done during the accident to be used against you as justification for a lower claim and settlement. Because of this, you need a lawyer to deal with them directly. It can be tricky to talk to insurance companies, and you simply do need the hassle anyway. Retaining a lawyer ensure that you do need to talk to them, as you can simply refer all questions to your attorney. This will be much better for you in the long run, and it will give you the freedom to focus more fully on your own recovery.
Let us not forget you have a car that was damaged in the accident. This vehicle is your life line. Your family depends on it, and so do you. At the same time, it can be frustrating dealing with insurance companies to get it fix or replaced in a timely manner. This is particularly frustrating when you are in the midst of taking care of your own medical needs as well. While your own insurance company will help you in this regard, it can be difficult to get what you need done in a timely manner. Your lawyer will help facilitate this and ensure that you are adequately compensated. This involves getting a rental car while your own vehicle is our of commission, and working to get your car replaced totally if it was damaged beyond repair.
As you can imagine, there is a great deal that happens in the aftermath of a car accident. It can be a lot to manage on your own, and you simply don’t need to. Contact our office in Los Angeles if you have been injured in a car accident.