If you’ve been involved a car accident, the at-fault driver or other parties involved may initially discourage you from consulting with an attorney. Often times, the shock of being involved in an accident can be overwhelming. With so many added stressors—such as getting your car fixed, receiving medical care for injuries sustained, and dealing with the emotional turmoil of having your well-being put in harm’s way—it can be too much. However, if physical injuries and damages to your automobile have you considering whether an attorney would be able to help you, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney.
- The cost repairing (or replacing) your automobile and any property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident
- Lost wages for time off/missed from work
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
- Emotional distress caused by the auto accident
- Any other costs you’ve incurred because of the accident
- Past, present, and future medical bills for treatment related to your auto-accident injuries
Knowing What’s at Stake
Without speaking to an attorney, it’s very unlikely that you will receive any compensation for non-economic losses. Some examples of non-economic losses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of martial companionship
If you are hoping to receiving remuneration for these losses, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney.
Hiring a Lawyer
There are literally millions of attorneys to choose from. So how does one best approach the process of selecting an attorney? One important factor to consider is experience. It is possible to find out how much experience an attorney has had with personal injury cases. Ask what their prior results have been. Speak to former clients to find out how their experience has been. Also, there are several independent attorney credentials websites where you can find peer and client review ratings for attorneys. Below is a checklist of questions you may want to consider asking when deciding which attorney you want to work with:
- How long have you been in practice?
- Do handling primarily personal injury cases?
- Are there are few former clients that I might be able to speak with?
- Do you litigate your own cases?
One common reason why people are hesitant to talk to a lawyer is because they are afraid that it will cost them money. With car accident cases, almost all lawyers will handle these claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning an attorney will not receive any money unless he or she is able to recover in your case. Often time, you will not have to pay any out of pocket expenses. Your attorney’s payment for services is a portion (typically a third) of the amount they are able to recover for you. If you have a legal question, contact us today at (855) 600-4688.