You’ve been in a car accident. You missed a little work, maybe had a mild concussion, but the officer cited the other party and you figure you can work with their insurance company to cover your medical bills.
Now you’re back at work and the bills have come due, but you still can’t get a straight answer from the insurance company. What can you do? Personal injury attorneys are for suing people. You don’t want to sue anyone, right? Wrong.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
A good personal injury attorney can help you in several ways after an accident and it doesn’t mean you have to sue someone. An attorney can be your interface with an insurance company, making sure not only that you get the best settlement possible, but also that it’s done in a timely manner.
If you’ve been injured, dealing with an insurance company phone tree and bureaucracy is the last thing you need. If you’ve already contacted the insurance company, you may just now realize that you’re in over your head. Insurance companies routinely deny a claim the first time through the system in the hopes that the claimant will give up and walk away.
A car accident isn’t the only time that you may wind up with unexpected medical bills or time off work. Slips fall, and other injuries outside the home: there are all sorts of accidents where a lawyer can help you. If you’ve got a scrape or bruise, you may not need an attorney.
On the other hand, even a minor fall can cause serious soft tissue damage. If you suspect you may have a brain or spinal injury it is best to be seen at the hospital. In a situation where multiple people may be at fault, an attorney can help determine who is primarily responsible and if there are other parties that share the blame.
What You Need to Do for Your Attorney
It is best to treat any accident as if you will need a lawyer, even if later you decide you don’t. At the time of the accident try to get photos, take names and numbers of potential witnesses, and write down your recollection of events as soon as possible. This is true of any accident outside your own home, even if you’re at work. Even the sidewalk in front of a home or business is the responsibility of that home or a business owner.
Often there is insurance to cover an accident in someone’s home or at work, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. An attorney doesn’t have to go to court on your behalf to be of immeasurable help.
They can be your interface with an insurance company, making sure not only that you get the best settlement possible, but also that it’s done in a timely manner. You can rely on your attorney to go to court for you, though, if it is necessary. She is there to advocate for you when you can’t.