How Do I Know if I Need an Accident Lawyer?

Posted by Unknown | Jun 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

It can be tough to know if you need to seek legal representation after being injured in an accident. Taking a gamble with insurance adjusters and believing you will receive fair compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering often presents you with much frustration and stress.

Often, injured pedestrians and motorists have to hire a personal injury attorney to receive the full and fair compensation to which they are rightfully entitled. Attorneys have significant experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you receive the maximum compensation available. Below are five signs you might need to hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim:

1. You are being avoided or low-balled by an insurance company

In many cases, insurance adjusters offer an amount that wouldn't be significant enough to cover medical bills and lost wages, let alone pain and suffering, or they will deny you compensation altogether.

2. You suffered disabling or permanent injuries

It can be quite complicated to assign a value to a permanent injury to which you will have to adjust and accommodate. Such injuries can keep you out of work indefinitely and often require substantial time for recovery. Therefore, you need to get enough compensation to prepare yourself for a new way of life financially.

3. You are recovering from severe injuries

If you suffered severe trauma and are still recuperating from the accident or incident, your foremost concern should be healing, and you shouldn't be adding in the stress of dealing with insurance adjusters.

4. Liability for the injury is disputed

Many times insurance companies attempt to reduce your recovery by assigning you with a portion of the fault for your injury - they blame you, the victim. In such situation they will never treat you fairly.

5. The insurance company is disputing what caused your symptoms

Often times, people have had similar symptoms before an injury as they have after. This is most apparent with respect to neck and back symptoms. Most everybody has had a sore back before. Insurance companies will often focus on these "pre-existing conditions" to try and avoid liability for the significant change you are experiencing. Only after a thorough medical and legal analysis can you properly understand your rights and the value of your claim.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else or if you were hurt on the job, you may have a legitimate claim. If you are looking for a highly experienced personal injury attorney, call us at 360-695-4244 to schedule your free consultation today.

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