The Help You Need After An Accident

Having an accident which impacts on your life is stressful. When you are trying to cover medical costs and need to take time off work to recover, it is important that you know what your financial options are. Personal injury attorneys help people who have been through an accident and now seek recourse from the other person who caused it. Before you meet with a personal injury attorney, there are details you need to gather so the attorney can help you with your case. These posts are all about what accident and personal injury attorneys do, what they need from you, and the different situations where using one is beneficial to your lifestyle.

Can You Deal With Your Accident Case All By Yourself?


It's tempting for some car accident victims to try and go without legal representation after an accident. Part of what makes them believe this is they expect the insurer to do everything right and compensate them fairly. This can be a big mistake and one the insurer wants you to make. Read on and find out why dealing with an accident all by yourself is a foolish move sure to create more problems than it solves.

Was Your Accident Serious?

Minor accidents, such as a bent fender, happen all the time and so you probably don't need a lawyer. If you were not physically injured as a result of the accident, you might not need help. If you only suffered from bumps and bruises, you might not need a lawyer. But if you are in doubt as to the seriousness of the accident and injuries, you have nothing to lose by speaking to a personal injury lawyer. Most of them will speak with you at no charge and evaluate your case.

The Contingency Fee Method

Car accident victims who want to hire legal help may be reluctant because of the cost. It's safe to say, though, that almost all personal injury lawyers work on what is known as a contingency fee basis. That means you only have to pay them if you win your case. If you don't win, you don't pay them anything. The way a contingency fee agreement works is that you pay the lawyer out of the money you win from the at-fault driver's insurance settlement. The percentage varies based on several factors.

More Complex Issues

The more complex your case and the more serious your injuries, the more you need a lawyer. When it comes to any one of the below issues, doing anything other than letting a lawyer help you could mean leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table:

  1. The other driver is insisting that you and not themselves are at fault for the accident
  2. The other side is asking you for your medical records that cover more than just the accident; they may be alleging a preexisting condition
  3. Your injuries are so severe that you expect several more months or even years of medical treatments
  4. Your injuries are permanent and will affect your ability to work at a job for the rest of your life

Don't try to do things by yourself. Speak to a car accident lawyer and get the help you need.


14 May 2021