Personal Injury Attorney – When Should I Hire One?

Have you ever wondered at what point a person should hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

 

We will answer questions you may have for a Personal Injury Attorney, such as:

  • When should I hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
  • Should I hire an attorney?
  • What is my statute of limitations?

In addition, other information will be given that is informative during the process of a personal injury accident.

We all know that when you have been in a car accident that you have a lot going through your mind.  You have emotional stress, you have to deal with your injuries, there’s also damage to your car, along with other issues. An attorney can help you with the process of your claim. A lawyer can reduce the stress that goes along with the process of an accident.

Here are some tips to help you decide if hiring an attorney is the right decision for you:

Property Damage

One of the main losses after you have had an accident is the loss of property.  Your car may be seriously damaged and could possibly be a complete loss. It is usually the car insurance company’s decision to either deem your car a complete loss or they will pay for the repairs.

The first thing you’ll need to determine is whether your insurance will cover the repairs or whether the insurance of the other person in the accident will pay.

Here are a few tips to help you decide:

  • If the accident was your fault then you will seek reimbursement from your insurance company.
  • If you are NOT at fault then typically you will seek payment through the other provider.
  • Then there are cases like a hit and run accidents where you may seek compensation from your own insurance company.
  • If you find the initial claim offer is insufficient to fully cover your repair or replacement costs.

Have you been injured as a result of an accident?

If you have been injured as a result of an accident, it is important that you get the proper medical care right away. Something that you need to keep in mind is that the longer you wait to address your injuries, the harder it may be to prove your injuries resulted from the accident.

Payment for your medical care will depend on the coverage that your insurance policy provides. In the event of a car accident, if you are not at fault then your bills will be paid for by the other driver’s liability coverage.  You can seek payment from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to get your bills paid without the delay of negotiation between the companies.

There are other places that you can also seek payment from. Those places are:

  • Medical payments coverage (If it is included in your policy).
  • Uninsured motorist coverage (If you have it and you were hit by an uninsured, underinsured driver or if you were in a hit and run accident.
  • Your health insurance policy.

If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you will need the services of a Personal Injury Attorney to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Jeff Soud would love to help and answer any questions you might have as to what steps to take after you have been in an accident.

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Receiving Reimbursement

As you are attempting to receive reimbursement from an insurance company, remember that:

  • It is very common to get pushback on the accident related expenses.
  • Insurance companies will try to keep from paying more than they have to pay
  • Insurance companies will check to make sure that all the expenses are valid.

It is very important that you always keep all of your documentation and receipts. If you continue to have trouble getting your medical bills paid, allow an attorney to get involved to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. The right Attorney has the necessary experience working with insurance providers to get the highest possible settlement amounts for their clients.

Something else to keep in mind, attorneys also have a great deal of experience getting compensation for general damages that are difficult to determine, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.  An example of general damages is, if you’ve lost your vision due to an accident resulting from another driver’s negligence, the right personal injury lawyer can help you get general damages, along with the costs of your medical bills.

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The Statute Of Limitations

If you have been injured in an accident, you should not wait to get the help you need.  Under local, state, and federal law you only have a short period of time to file your claim and protect your rights. The time limit is called the statute of limitations and it is designed to set the deadline or maximum period of time within which a lawsuit or legal claim may be filed. The time limit varies depending on the circumstances of the case, the type of case or claim involved, and whether the lawsuit or claim is filed in state or federal court.

Hiring an experienced attorney who understands these limitations allows you the chance to focus on healing and moving on with your life.

If you believe that you or someone you love needs an personal injury attorney to navigate your claim, contact Jeff Soud at The Soud Law Firm today. Call 904-353-9000.