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When Should You Hire an Attorney for Your Car Accident Case?

Posted on in Personal Injury

California injury lawyer, California accident attorneyBeing in a car accident where you are not at fault likely means that you have a claim against the at-fault driver (or his or her insurer) for your injuries and property damage. How do you know if you need an attorney to help you pursue this claim?

Typically, the type of your injuries is a good starting point in making this decision. A lawyer can greatly assist accident victims who:

  • Have high medical bills;
  • Require surgery;
  • Have had to take off time from work; or
  • Will not make a full recovery.

In these cases, the accident victim may be owed a significant amount of money in damages, including pain and suffering. Accident victims often undervalue the amount their claim is worth, and an attorney’s knowledge and experience can be useful in these calculations.

Another time an attorney can help is if the insurance company is being unreasonable. Insurance adjusters may ignore or undervalue certain injuries. Insurance adjusters handle many cases and have a team of lawyers. Hiring your own attorney can level the playing field.

A lawyer can also help your case if there is an issue about fault. If an adjuster signals that you may be considered to be at fault or partially at fault, your claim value will decrease. If you believe that you were not at fault, an attorney will be able to make your best case.

Sometimes when there is a disagreement over fault, expert witnesses will need to be procured. The insurance company has many experts available to it for cases like this. Our firm likewise has a network of car accident experts who can review your claim.

Questions to Ask an Attorney

Do you routinely handle car accident cases? Car accident cases follow a distinct set of laws and, while no two cases are exactly the same, familiarity with the concept of fault and common injuries will greatly help your case. Our firm helps many car accident victims each year.

What is the range of settlements for cases similar to mine? No attorney will be able to give you an exact amount that your case is worth, however, they may be able to tell you a general range. Keep in mind that this amount is always subject to revisions as details of the case emerge.

What about attorney’s fees? At the Jachimowicz Law Group, most of our clients hire us on a contingency fee basis. Thus, they pay no attorney’s fees up front and only pay attorney’s when they get a settlement or money paid to them after a trial.

Contact a San Jose, CA Car Crash Attorney

If you have a question about whether a personal injury attorney can help your case, you should call our firm right away. We offer all prospective clients free initial consultations.

Contact the qualified San Jose auto accident lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group by calling 408-246-5500.

 

Source:

http://www.carinsurance.org/guide/after-an-accident/do-i-need-to-hire-a-lawyer/

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