If you are involved in a deadly car accident then you likely know that someone should be held accountable and that an attorney is necessary. However, you may not know when it is time to contact an attorney when the injuries are less severe. Keep reading to discover three signs that you should contact a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later.
1. Insurance Companies Are Involved
The insurance company is not on your side and there are not there to represent you – they are there to ensure that they pay as little as possible. They do not want attorneys getting involved. When they know their client is at fault, they want to settle the case as quickly as possible. Do not fall for this. If they seem to be hurrying it is because they want you to sign away your right to sue before you talk to a personal injury attorney and discover what your options are.
2. Your Injuries Are Very Serious
If you have suffered a very serious injury such as a spinal cord injury or head injury, then you may be tempted to simply take the offer in front of you and move on. You may have medical bills that need to be paid. A large check may sound good when you are looking at a future in which you may not be able to work.
We know it can be tempting to take the check but we strongly recommend that you talk to an attorney. Even if the insurance agency was offering you the full value of your damages (which is unlikely), until you have healed as much as you will heal from the accident, you could not be sure what your long-term costs will be. The last thing you want is to settle, only to find a few months later that you have a more serious injury than was previously thought. You then have no right to sue for further money.
3. Your Case Is Complicated
If you have a simple case in which you suffered minimal injuries and only property damage, then you may be well advised to take a settlement offer. However, if your case is complicated – or becomes complicated as time goes on – then it is wise to get an attorney involved. This could be a situation in which there are more than one potential defendants, the fault is not readily apparent, or there were several drivers involved in the accident. It could be that you are partially at fault for your accident.
Any of the three above situations should prompt you to contact a personal injury attorney. The good news is that you can begin with a free legal consultation. To do so, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 and we can get you started right away.