Do I really need a lawyer? This is one of the first questions people ask themselves when they are in an auto accident. The answer is “it depends.” If you are in a car accident and there are no injuries, fault is not an issue, and you are having your car repaired, the answer to the question “Do I need a lawyer?” is probably not.
However, even in these circumstances, our advice is to wait to ensure that there really were no injuries caused by the accident. Sometimes injuries may take a while to manifest themselves. It may be hours, or days later, that you feel pain from an unknown injury caused by a car wreck. Do not be in a rush to settle a car accident claim. Therefore, even if you feel alright, it is advisable to see a doctor just to be sure.
In the event an injury is involved, if you were hurt in the car crash, then the answer to the question “Do I need a lawyer?” is yes, you should probably retain a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help to protect your interests, and can assist you in maximizing the compensation you are due.
Moreover, you should seek medical attention immediately for any injury. Next, to assist in making the strongest possible case, you should document as much as possible. That includes writing down your recollection of the accident as soon as possible. You may be surprised at some the details you will forget. Also, if possible, get the names and contact information of any witnesses, take pictures (use your cell phone), and get the name of the police officer making the report.
If you do not have a doctor, your attorney will likely be able to refer you to one. Another reason to retain a lawyer is that you will discover medical bills will begin to add up quickly. A personal injury lawyer can help you manage those bills by discussing your claim with hospitals and medical facilities in order to avoid collections until your case has been resolved.
Finally, an experienced personal injury attorney will help ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled. Most insurance companies will try to minimize the amount they pay you, and their settlement offer may not even be enough to cover your medical bills and expenses, much less any pain and suffering you experienced.
Car accident victims in the Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington area are invited to contact the Woods Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 817-751-7111, or you can elect to fill out our contact intake form online and we will contact you.