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How Soon Should I Get A Lawyer?
- July 27, 2016
Anyone who has been injured in an accident should speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the event. By speaking to an attorney, the victim protects their rights and ensures that they are treated fairly by the insurance company.
Insurance Companies Are Not Your Friend
One of the biggest tricks of insurance companies in recent years is to send out insurance adjustors to the victim while they are still in the emergency room or when they first are admitted to the hospital. The adjustor arrives with a big smile and a compassionate tone to their voice and begins to make offers to settle the matter quickly.
They tell you that they understand that this accident has caused you harm and that they want to “make this right” right now so that you do not have to worry. The truth is, they want to settle the case quickly because it will free them from obligation and save them a lot of money.
People who are in emergency care or have just been admitted to the hospital are not in any mental condition to make such major decisions. Many times, these people are under the influence of medications to control their pain. It is unfair and unethical for these insurance adjustors to make such offers when a person is in this condition.
The Future Is Unknown
When you have been injured in an accident, it is not physically possible to determine the extent of the injuries within a few hours or even a few days from when the event occurred. Medical professionals will tell you that you must wait and see how things turn out. If doctors are unable to predict the outcome of your injuries, it is unthinkable to believe that an insurance adjustor can determine the extent of your injuries or the outcome of the event.
It is also wrong for the insurer to assume that the extent of the injury or the outcome of the injury will be the same for each person. People are individuals and their reaction to and recovery from injuries is going to be different.
Protect Your Rights
When you speak to a Los Angeles personal injury attorney about your accident, they will protect your rights as an injury victim. They will not allow the insurer to quickly close a claim in an effort to protect their bottom line. The attorney is going to make sure that you receive the medical care that you require until such a time that the doctor has stated you have recovered as much as possible from the event.
Your attorney will also make sure that the insurance company provides you with a fair settlement that includes all benefits you are entitled to nder their policy and the laws of your state. They will make sure that benefits such as compensation for loss of wages, future medical care, and current medical costs are all covered in the settlement. They will also seek any additional damages you are entitled to under the law.
When you have been injured, your life will undergo many changes. There will be physical, emotional, and financial burdens that you will experience. There will be medical care and therapy to undergo. There will be many adjustments that you must make.
Making sure the insurance company is treating you fairly should not have to be one of the burdens you deal with during your recovery. By contacting a personal injury attorney about your injury, you eliminate some of the stress associated with an injury and will protect your rights as a victim. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible when you have been injured.