Getting into a car accident can be frustrating, annoying, painful, and expensive. The last thing most people want to think about after a car accident is having to get a lawyer involved. However, in the end, hiring a lawyer can save you time and money. They can also take a lot of the pressure off you so you can focus on getting back to a normal life. The best time to get a lawyer involved after an accident is sooner rather than later.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Many people don't think they need a lawyer's help after a car accident. Instead, they just leave it up to their insurance company to deal with the other driver's insurance company. However, it is important to remember that the insurance company may not have your best interests at heart. Instead, they may want to get things settled as quickly as possible, paying out as little money as they have to.
On the other hand, if you hire an attorney after a car accident, they are working for you. Your attorney will focus on getting you the compensation you deserve after an accident, and making sure the person responsible for the accident pays for the damage they've done.
If you are injured in an accident, you may be facing expensive medical bills, lost wages, and even a loss of future earning potential. The insurance company may offer you a meager settlement, urging you to accept the terms. They may imply that you were partially at fault. The insurance company may say that if you take your case to court, you could end up with nothing. However, before you accept any settlement offer, make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the settlement offer.
If the insurance company is offering you a settlement, they will also generally make you sign away your rights to sue the other driver in court. You may have to give up your legal rights to personal injury compensation if you take the settlement. Make sure you know what your case is worth before you decide to settle the case.
Your attorney will not only make sure the at-fault driver pays for the damage. They can also fight to get your insurance company to pay up what it owes you. Your own insurance company may deny your claims and try to avoid paying you anything for medical injuries or property damage. They could deny you on a technicality or try and argue that you were the cause of the accident. After years of paying insurance premiums, the insurance company may just say, “too bad.” If your insurance company is denying your claim, or only wants to pay a portion of your damages, your attorney can help.
However, one of the greatest benefits of hiring an attorney is that they will take the stress off of you so you can focus on your family, your job, and enjoy life. Your attorney will deal with the insurance companies, handle the court filings, make court appearances on your behalf, and investigate your case so you don't have to be bothered. The whole time you can rest assured there you have an advocate working for you to get you the best outcome possible.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
One of the main reasons people are afraid to call a lawyer after an accident is that they think it will cost them too much money. However, in many cases, hiring an attorney may get you a bigger settlement offer. Without an attorney, you are subject to the negotiation tactics of big insurance companies and lawyers who do this for a living. Your lawyer understands how they operate, understands what your case is worth, and will negotiate to get you a settlement offer you deserve.
Most attorneys will offer a free initial consultation, and even take your case on a contingency basis. This means that you don't have to pay anything up front, and your lawyer will only get paid if you get compensated. Everyone should have fair access to experienced legal representation. With a free consultation, you may have nothing to lose.
Contact Your DC Auto Accident Attorneys Today
Don't wait until it is too late to file a personal injury claim after an automobile accident. Contact the law firm of Gilman & Bedigian to make sure you have someone on your side to fight for the compensation you deserve. We help our clients through the entire accident claims process, including dealing with the insurance companies. Our attorneys have years of experience handling personal injury cases throughout the DC Metro Area. Contact our office today for a free consultation.