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Vehicle Accident

I Got Into a Car Accident: Should I Hire an Attorney?

Everyone has seen and heard the television and radio advertisements about the importance of contacting an attorney if you were injured in an automobile accident. These ads, however, do not inform you of the amount of time you have or the circumstances in which you should do so. Fortunately, the following information provides insight on when you may benefit from speaking to an attorney as well as instances you should immediately contact an attorney.

You should consider speaking to an attorney for advice if: 

  • An insurance adjuster requests your prior medical records, a statement under oath or delays payment.
  • You are unsure about liability or fault for the accident.
  • You do not know how to properly evaluate your claim.
  • You’ve lost wages and are having a hard time getting them paid.
  • The insurance adjuster suggests a structured settlement instead of a lump sum payment.
  • You believe your claim is worth significantly more than what the adjuster is offering.
  • You lack confidence in the ability to negotiate a settlement on your own.

You should speak to an attorney immediately if: 

  • The insurance company has denied your claim, will not reconsider, and you think their denial is incorrect.
  • The settlement offer from the insurance company will not cover your expenses and is too low.
  • You’re experiencing circumstances that result in your claim being more valuable and you’re having a difficult time proving your loss, such as caring for an elderly parent.
  • Your injury caused residual disability that will result in future medical bills.
  • The other party involved in the accident has served you with a lawsuit.
  • You were significantly injured and incurred substantial medical bills without or with residual disability.
  • A minor is injured with more serious injuries.
  • Liability for the accident is being disputed, and you feel you’re not responsible or are only partially responsible.
  • The claim has been outstanding for six months without being settled, and you are unsure about the statute of limitations for your state.
  • The circumstances of the accident could possibly require professional investigation due to the complexity.

Simply put, not every automobile accident will require the assistance of an attorney. Even so, there are several instances when you should contact an attorney to help protect your rights and ensure the responsible party is held liable. If you’ve been in a car accident and need an attorney, contact the team at Giroux Trial Attorneys today.

We specialize in personal injury cases and have extensive trial experience. We are also considered the leading medical malpractice firm in Michigan.

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