Does Every Car Accident Case Need a Lawyer?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of John Sloan with Sloan Firm.
Is it necessary to contact an attorney after every car accident? No, of course not, but you might be glad you did, even if you don’t end up needing the services of the attorney.
If you are involved in a car accident that does not result in injury, or involves minor injuries that resolve within a short period of time, or other cases with injuries that are not substantial, you may not need an attorney.
However, it is important to understand that so-called minor injuries are often deceptive, and the full extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. Take, for example, concussions. Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, can often go unnoticed. If you hit your head in a car accident or even just jerk your head with enough force, you may find yourself the victim of this “invisible injury.” Even minor concussions should be taken very seriously because they can have dramatic impacts on a person’s personal, professional, and family life.
It goes without saying that in cases involving a major injury or death, the best thing you can do is contact an attorney as soon as possible. You need an attorney who is immediately able to start collecting evidence to prove your claim.
Don’t make these simple mistakes after a car accident.
Another reason it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible is because there are dozens of little mistakes you can make that can hurt your car accident claim. You might make some of these mistakes within minutes of the accident. Speaking to an attorney first can help you avoid common mistakes like:
- Talking to the insurance company
- Demanding too much or too little
- Assuming that the system is on your side
- Taking the first settlement offered
- Settling before your injuries make themselves fully known
- Delaying or ignoring time limits
The bottom line: even if your car accident is minor, you have nothing to lose by speaking to an injury attorney. Most personal injury firms offer free initial consultations for allcar accident inquiries, so it costs nothing to talk to an expert. An experienced car accident attorney can help you work through the accident and determine if an attorney is right for your individual case.