WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
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Most people are not looking for a lawsuit. We just want life to go back to normal. So this raises the question, should I contact a personal injury lawyer or just work things out with the insurance company? To answer the question we raise these two scenarios.
Scenario # 1: You're driving to Nordstrom's in Walnut Creek when a pedestrian jaywalks and you slam on your brakes. The pedestrian is fine but you are hit from behind. You exchange information and you feel okay but maybe a little bit shaky. Maybe its just neverse. Do you need a personal injury lawyer?
Scenario # 2: Your light turns green and as you cross someone who just missed the yellow plows into you. Police are called and your car is towed. Your back hurts but not too badly.
So using these examples, “Do you need a lawyer? ”
Generically, the first question is this. What makes a good personal injury lawyer?
The second question is even more fundamental. What are you looking for?
Scenario # 1. The accident may involve just a simple car repair but a lawyer will keep track of your health to make sure that there are no real injuries that may not be obvious. There is a danger that a “nice adjuster” from the other side calls you and interviews you. She (usually) or he will offer to pay for your car but they will also document every instance that you say “I'm feeling okay.” The danger is that if you suffer an injury that becomes evident a few days or even weeks later, you have have made a recovery for that injury more difficult. Worst case is that after hiring a lawyer you settle for a small amount. It costs you nothing in advance. You only pay out of the actual recovery.
In Scenario # 2 documenting your injuries both medically and on notepad (or voice recorder) is critically important. Memories fade and without documentation there is little compensation for genuine suffering.
The police report may be accurate but an attorney will look for local witnesses, video recordings and other proof that you were entering the intersection on the green. As an example, when our client on a motorcylce was struck by a car, we obtained this Car vs Motorcycle Accident Video within days of the accident. Had we delayed it would have been erased. In the end our client received over $ 3 million dollars.
So in answer to the question “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?” the answer is “Yes”. As for when should you contact the personal injury lawyer, the answer is now - right away. Think about this. You pay the injury lawyer a percent of your recovery. It doesn't cost a penny more to hire the lawyer right away! Once you have legal counsel you can relax (at least a bit) and focus on your injuiries, your car and your life.
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