When Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

when to hire a car accident lawyer

Car accidents happen unexpectedly and are often a source of stress, confusion, and fear. In the aftermath of a collision, you may wonder whether or not you should hire a lawyer. Or even, when to hire a car accident lawyer?

While not every car accident requires a lawyer, there are certain situations where retaining a lawyer from the start is imperative. In this blog, we’ll explain when it’s time to consider hiring a lawyer after a car accident.

1. Serious Injuries or Fatalities

If you or someone involved in the accident has sustained serious injuries or, tragically, if there has been a fatality, it is crucial to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

These cases often involve complex legal issues, extensive medical bills, and potential long-term consequences. 

An experienced attorney can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.

2. Disputed Liability

When liability for the accident is disputed, it’s a sign that you should consult with an attorney. Establishing fault can be a contentious issue. This is why insurance companies may attempt to place blame on you or share it between both parties. 

Immediately after hiring, an attorney can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and work to prove liability, protecting your rights throughout the entire process.

3. Inadequate Insurance Coverage

If the at-fault driver lacks sufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate you for your damages, your own insurance policy might come into play. Dealing with insurance companies, especially when it comes to underinsured or uninsured motorists, can be complicated. 

A lawyer can help navigate these situations and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve; regardless of the at-fault driver’s coverage. 

4. Complex Legal Issues

Car accidents can involve complex legal issues, such as multiple parties, government entities, or commercial vehicles. 

If your case is more intricate than a simple fender-bender, it’s extremely beneficial to consult with a lawyer immediately, who can provide guidance and expertise in handling these complexities.

5. Stalled Negotiations with Insurance Company

Insurance companies are mostly concerned with their own bottom line. That’s why their initial settlement offers may not adequately cover your damages. 

If negotiations with the insurance company stall or if they offer an unreasonable settlement, it may be time to hire an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf. Additionally, your attorney should, if necessary, take your case to court to ensure you get what you deserve.

6. Long-Term or Permanent Disabilities

If your car accident results in long-term or permanent disabilities, your future quality of life and financial stability may be at stake. 

A lawyer can work to secure compensation that accounts for your ongoing medical needs, rehabilitation, and any changes in your ability to work or enjoy life as you did before the accident.

7. Statute of Limitations

All 50 states have a statute of limitations, which is a legal time limit for filing a personal injury claim. In Michigan, the general rule for personal injury claims stipulates that individuals have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit

If you wait more than three years to file your claim, you may forfeit your right to seek compensation. By hiring a lawyer immediately, you ensure that your claim is filed within the required timeframe. Thus, protecting your rights and giving you a better chance at compensation. 

Why Work With Wigod & Falzon After a Car Accident?

Deciding whether to hire a lawyer after a car accident depends on the specific circumstances of your case. If you find yourself facing serious injuries, disputed liability, stalled negotiations, long-term disabilities, or just confusion and overwhelmingness, seeking legal counsel immediately is a prudent step. 

The attorneys at Wigod & Falzon are skilled, compassionate, and can guide you through the legal process, advocate for your rights, and help you pursue fair compensation for your losses. 

Plus, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney fee and costs of handling the case are paid with a percentage of the settlement or judgment the client receives from their personal injury case.

Simply put, no recovery = NO FEE.

We take pride in our track record of wins and are dedicated to fight tirelessly for our clients. Additionally, we understand that no two cases are the same. That’s why we work to understand each client’s circumstances and craft a legal strategy to help get the results you need to move forward with your life.

Remember: Consulting with an attorney sooner rather than later can often lead to a smoother and more favorable resolution of your car accident case.

Not Sure When To Hire a Car Accident Lawyer? Wigod & Falzon is Ready to Fight For You

Fear, confusion, and stress is common after a car accident. That’s where hiring an attorney can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. 

The car accident team at Wigod & Falzon is committed to help auto accident injury victims get justice. Contact us today for a free, no-commitment consultation!

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.