If you have sustained injuries in a car wreck, you may be wondering if you should enlist the help of a personal injury attorney. While we at Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P. are always here to offer legal counsel, there are some things you should consider before hiring an attorney for a car accident. Typically, minor injuries, or those that cost $1,000 or less to treat, do not justify the cost of a lawyer. However, there are some occasions when you should absolutely seek legal help.
Any injury that costs more than $1,000 in medical bills is considered major. If your injuries are severe, seeking legal counsel is recommended. The same is true if your physical damage brings long-term repercussions or rehabilitation. While a personal injury attorney can’t undo the damage, he or she can ensure that you do not suffer the additional burden of expensive medical costs. You should also seek an attorney for a car accident if you feel you’re not being fully compensated for current or future medical bills associated with a car wreck.
It’s strongly recommended that you seek legal counsel if the other driver or drivers involved in the accident are uninsured. An attorney can make sure that you are still compensated for your injuries even if the other driver doesn’t have insurance, which is particularly helpful if you and the other driver don’t agree on who was at fault. The same idea applies if you feel pressured by a claims adjuster to come to a quick settlement. Sometimes speed is emphasized instead of fairness, which can be made even worse by confusing insurance terms in a settlement. These are just some of the occasions you should call an attorney for a car accident.