How soon after an auto accident should you call a lawyer?
Following a car wreck, you may consider hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you. Although you can file a personal injury claim on your own, there are many cases in which you should contact an attorney to assist you. In a car accident that is not your fault, it’s generally a good idea to contact an attorney immediately. While auto accidents don’t always result in injuries, we suggest that you seek medical treatment after an accident in case there are underlying injuries that you don’t immediately notice.
In a minor auto accident such as a fender bender, your insurance claim can likely be handled directly with the other driver’s insurance company. However, there are cases involving minor accidents when an insurance company will refute liability or refuse to pay your claim. This is why you should consider retaining an attorney sooner rather than later. Generally, it’s not in your best interest to try and negotiate with a claims adjuster by yourself. An accident lawyer experienced in dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters can negotiate on your behalf to get the compensation you need and protect your rights as an accident victim.
In other auto accident cases, you should contact an attorney immediately. If you were severely injured or a loved one was killed in an accident, it is imperative to talk with an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible after receiving medical attention. Time is of the essence, and a lawyer can take immediate action and begin investigating the accident. Oftentimes in accidents involving a large business or corporation, important pieces of evidence can go missing, which can be detrimental to your case. Preserving this evidence can be crucial in the success of your accident claim.
Accidents can be overwhelming, confusing and stressful. We want to make sure you are taken care of and your rights are protected. If you believe you are being taken advantage of, an insurance company isn’t looking after your best interests or you just need help with an injury claim, we advise you to contact an attorney at your earliest convenience.
What to look for when retaining a lawyer
When you determine that you need legal representation after an accident, there are certain things to look for in a personal injury attorney:
1. An experienced attorney with a track record of handling cases like yours.
If you were hurt in a semi-truck accident, look for a lawyer with a record of handling and winning trucking accident cases. Injured in a crash involving a drunk driver? Find an attorney who represents clients injured in these kinds of accidents. Did a defective or recalled vehicle cause your accident? You should retain a lawyer with proven capability in these complex cases. Thomas J. Henry is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm that works with all types of injury and accident claims. (View all of our personal injury practice areas.)
2. A firm with extensive legal and financial resources.
For cases against large corporations and businesses, you need a law firm with the resources necessary to properly handle and develop your claim. In these instances, it is often necessary to retain expert witnesses to provide testimony about your accident. Our firm retains the best expert witnesses from across the United States, each one undergoing a rigorous examination before ever participating in a client’s case.
3. Dedication to client satisfaction.
When you hire Thomas J. Henry, you are hiring a firm experienced in all areas of personal injury, with more than 100 lawyers and a devoted support staff. Our business model is to provide personalized representation for each of our clients and their unique needs. We continue to put our clients first to achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible.
4. A record of winning.
It is important to seek a personal injury lawyer with a history of achieving real results for clients. Retain an attorney who has success inside and outside of the courtroom. You need a lawyer who can properly prepare for trial and has experience winning in the courtroom. Many personal injury cases settle before ever reaching that point, but you should look for an experienced trial attorney that is not afraid to take a case to trial if necessary. Our firm has many trial lawyers with proven winning records. Often, previously won verdicts and settlements can be found on a law firm’s website. To see examples of our previous successes, check out Thomas J. Henry’s recent results page.
Injured in an accident? Contact our injury attorneys
If you were hurt in an accident or have an injured loved one, call Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Thomas J. Henry has a proven history of achieving record-breaking, multi-million dollar verdicts, judgments and settlements for injured clients. Don’t wait — contact our law offices for a free case review today.
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