The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
I Was Involved in A Car Accident. when Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
Car accidents happen every day in Texas. They affect thousands of people every year. While minor accidents that don’t result in physical injuries will not warrant the help of a car accident attorney to recover losses, you will want to seriously think about utilizing the expertise of a car accident lawyer if you are involved in an auto accident involving any type of injuries. The more serious the property damage in the accident and the more serious the injuries, the more you are going to need an experienced car accident lawyer to protect your rights. Additionally, if you were involved in a car accident where you were injured but not seriously and the liable party’s insurance carrier is offering you little to no compensation, you should hire a personal injury lawyer.
If you are involved in a car accident where you sustain personal injuries or if your car sustains significant damages, you will want to seriously consider hiring a lawyer who focuses their practice on car accident and personal injury claims. An auto accident attorney can help you recover losses by helping you get medical care, giving you advice, negotiating with insurance claims adjustors and if need be, taking your case to trial at the courthouse.
While you may choose to negotiate with an insurance claims adjustor yourself, remember that claims adjustors are trained to settle your claim for as little money as possible. Remember too that the things you say to the insurance carrier when you are not represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer could come back to haunt you as statements you make to any insurance company are almost always recorded and redacted in the favor of the entity potentially liable for paying the claim.
Remember; once you accept money from an insurance company and sign off on a release, your claim is settled and there is almost nothing that any attorney can do to recover more money for you if your injuries are more extensive than you originally thought, short of absolute outright fraud.
Keep in mind that insurance claims adjustors record conversations and try to establish liability and limit damages, so giving your recorded statement without the advice of an experienced car accident lawyer is an invitation for being taken advantage of. In addition to advising you about your rights, a car accident lawyer is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies. It is always best to talk with a car accident lawyer first before committing mistakes that can affect your right to recover for your injuries and damages. The facts support hiring an attorney; even after paying legal expenses, people who use a car accident lawyer usually receive higher settlements than people who negotiate their own claims; your car accident lawyer essentially pays for himself / herself AND handles the case for you, relieving you of the stress and uncertainty of representing yourself in your car accident claim.
Paying for an attorney is an obvious concern for many car accident victims to worry about. Almost all car accident attorneys take car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingent fee means that the fee is contingent on the attorney getting your a recovery; if the lawyer does not get you a recovery – for whatever reason – you pay them nothing. You do not pay the attorney upfront as they get pay when they receive a percentage of the money that they recover on your behalf; usually one-third of the amount they obtains for you. This contingent fee arrangement of course incentivises your lawyer and motivates them to be effective advocates for you in the settlement of your insurance or car accident case. It is important to be aware that contingency fee arrangements also usually permit the attorney to be reimbursed for expenses; things including but not limited to copies they make of documents, costs of filing any lawsuit, postage, out-of-pocket travel expenses, costs of obtaining and serving subpoenas and suits, filing costs, expert witness expenses, and court reporter fees for depositions.
It is best to speak to a car accident lawyer soon after your auto accident so they can speak to any insurance company on your behalf, before you do, to protect your rights, inform you of the options you have to receive the money entitled to you for your damages and/or injuries, advise you about your rights in a recorded statement and your rights to privacy in certain situations.
Also, you may need referrals to obtain medical bills and access to lenders to help you with expenses and lost wages, so the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can physically and financially start to recover from your car accident. Promptly contacting an attorney after an injury accident will help you avoid missing out on compensation due to statutes of limitations, or deadlines that can prevent you from making a claim. It is, therefore, in your best interest to contact an attorney sooner rather than later so they can start working on your case to help you right away.
If you are in need of an attorney or just information regarding your car accident, feel free to call an attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane. You can reach us or you can contact us using the contact form on this website; we’ll be in touch with you ASAP.