On average, there are three million people injured in car accidents in America each year. And depending on the injury sustained, the costs of medical care can be crippling.
If you find yourself in this position, you may be wondering whether to hire a car accident lawyer.
Read on to find out about the sort of work we do at Reasonover Law Firm, and how one of our car accident lawyers can help you.
When Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
Not every car accident requires the intervention of an attorney on your behalf.
Nonetheless, it’s still recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable attorney to assess your case. This is especially true if the wreck was due to someone else’s negligence, and you incur medical bills for treatment.
Let’s look at some key considerations that show why you need a car accident lawyer:
If your injuries are significant, you’ll definitely need a lawyer. Even if there is little question as to who was at fault, you’ll need legal representation.
When large medical bills are at issue, an experienced lawyer will make sure that you receive a settlement that meets your financial needs going forward. There may also be less obvious considerations to take into account.
For instance, you may have a relatively minor physical injury that doesn’t result in huge medical bills, but does prevent you from working. You might still be entitled to claim for loss of income.
Even if you are unsure of whether to hire a lawyer, it is always prudent to seek the advice of one. This might save you much more difficulty at a later stage.
The Insurance Company
Some of the main difficulties in car accident cases stem from the actions of insurance companies. That’s because the business model of insurance companies encourages them to try and pay as few claims as possible. If there is any chance that they can avoid paying you, they will try to exploit it.
If an insurance company tries to challenge your claim, you’re almost certainly going to need a lawyer. The fact is that insurance companies have teams of experienced and highly specialized lawyers at their disposal. And if there is any weakness in your case, they will find it.
When an insurance company tries to avoid paying out on your claim, having an experienced car accident lawyer on your side will give you the best chance of success
The Other Party
If the other person involved in the accident denies responsibility for the wreck, or starts asserting that you were partially at fault for the wreck, you will likely need to get an attorney involved.
Any time the other party tries to diminish the amount of your claim, or tries to discount their involvement in causing the wreck, an attorney will make sure you don’t lose out on damages that you might be entitled to.
An car accident attorney makes sure that insurance companies don’t attempt to devalue the true worth of your claim by asserting that you are somehow at fault or partially at fault for the wreck.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
A common worry in car accident cases is the statute of limitations, which vary from state to state. In some cases, lengthy delays can render your claim void.
In Tennessee, as in many other states, the statute of limitation for personal injuries is one year from the date of the accident. Therefore, if it has been close to a year since your accident, and you have yet to receive a satisfactory settlement, it’s time to hire an experienced lawyer.
What to Look for in a Car Accident Lawyer
Not every car accident lawyer takes the same approach with cases. Some personal injury firms generate revenue by taking on a high volume of cases, knowing that some claims will be settled and some will not.
Lawyers who work for volume firms often fail to invest the proper amount of time into individual clients. They will often prefer to agree to an inadequate settlement in order to avoid spending too much time on a given case.
At Reasonover Law Firm, we focus on the individual, rather than the volume of cases. Our approach is focused on the client, and we will never back down when a case becomes long or difficult.
Whether your case takes a few months or a few years, Reasonover Law Firm is committed to seeing your case through to the end.
We Have Experience with Cases like Yours
At Reasonover Law Firm, we focus mainly on motor vehicle wrecks. Ms. Reasonover and Mr. Selvidge each have over a decade experience handling and settling personal injury cases involving motor vehicle wrecks.
Are You Ready to Hire Your Car Accident Lawyer?
The implications of a motor accident can be incredibly difficult to deal with, on both a physical and emotional level. At the beginning of such a trying time, you might not initially be inclined to think about filing a claim.
However, if you have a valid claim, it would be foolish not to pursue it. If you need to hire a car accident lawyer, don’t hesitate. Do it today!
If you want to pursue a case, or you have a query about any other area of personal injury law, contact us today to arrange for a free case evaluation.