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Is It Necessary to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for An Automobile Accident?

The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA Nov. 20, 2022

It is absolutely worth it to hire a lawyer, because the person who hires a lawyer usually ends up getting more money. Also, having a lawyer means having someone who can manage the case, their medical bills and possibly their care.

Choosing the right doctor is very important in many personal injury cases; the person who has been injured doesn’t want to deal with frivolous physicians; they need to make sure they’re establishing a medical record that proves their claim. For all of those reasons, hiring a lawyer is worth it in any personal injury case.

How Does Someone Know They Have The Right Lawyer For Their Case?

The first thing to look for is a lawyer who has been practicing for a while in the type of personal injury area that you need, and who has a good track record of success and a large number of good recoveries. For example, I have personally recovered many millions of dollars for clients in over 27 years of practice.

How Long Is Too Long To Wait To See The Doctor After An Accident?

It’s never too late to go to a doctor with a medical problem, but the sooner that person gets treatment, the easier it is to relate their medical condition to the accident. Likewise, the longer a person waits to see a doctor, the harder it is to prove that the injury was caused by the accident. Ideally, the person who has been in an accident should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Just as importantly, they should continue to see the doctor as often as they have to; as long as it’s still bothering them, even if that’s 4-6 months down the road. This is especially true if the injury is related to the accident, since nerve damage can often occur with soft tissue injuries.

How Much Can Someone Get from their Auto Accident and How Do Courts Decide?

There are two parts to an auto accident case having to deal with negligence; liability and damages, and both are significant in determining how much the person can be awarded in compensation.

The liability component is extremely important, because establishing that the other driver was at fault for the accident is necessary to recover damages. How difficult the process is will often depend on how clear the liability aspect is. The difficulty in proving liability may also affect the amount the client will be able to recover.

The other part, the damage component, is about the totality of the client’s injuries. Someone with many significant injuries will need more to recover, which would mean more money. Another factor that could affect the amount of actual recovery has to do with the insurance coverage available between the client’s and the other party’s insurance policies. If the other party’s insurance was not enough to cover expenses, then the client would need to fall back on their own underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage.

Should Someone Consider An Attorney Who Advertised That The Client Could Pay Zero Upfront For Them To Work On The Auto Accident Case?

Yes, because attorneys almost always accept a personal injury case on a contingency basis, in which the victim would not have to worry about any out-of-pocket expenses for the attorney, and only pays out of the recovery. If there is no recovery, they pay the attorney nothing.

For more information on Hiring a PI Lawyer for an Auto-Accident Case, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking talk Arnold F. Phillips by calling today.