Is a Personal Injury Attorney right for you and your circumstances? After a small car accident, folks often wonder if they need legal representation. There are a number of factors to consider when reaching this conclusion: these include injuries involved, liability contests, medical needs, and the extent of damages.
Were You Injured?
If no one was hurt in a car crash and the only claims to be resolved involve Property Damage, it may not be necessary to hire a lawyer to represent you. If there is a contest about the amount which should be paid for a Property Damage claim, sometimes you can find a Personal Injury Attorney who will consult with you about that issue free of charge or for a nominal amount. The amount of money involved for most property damage claims make hiring an attorney cost prohibitive.
Is Liability Contested?
If the at-fault driver’s insurance company has not accepted 100% liability for the crash or if more than 1 driver was at fault, it may be time to talk to an attorney. Sometimes, insurance companies will agree to pay 100% of a property damage claim up front only to later change their position and assert comparative negligence against an injury victim or some other driver in an attempt to reduce what they must pay for a Bodily Injury claim. In any event, when the insurance company takes a position like this, your risk of getting less compensation than you deserve without legal representation is increased.
Did You Seek Medical Care?
Sometimes a car crash victim feels pain after a crash, but the symptoms quickly subside and do not resurface. In this instance, the victim may consult with a doctor once to make sure everything is OK or may forego medical treatment entirely. In Colorado, folks like these are entitled to present and pursue injury claims, but they don’t necessarily require legal representation. In any event, if you were hurt, it’s always a good idea to take advantage of a free legal consultation before concluding you should not get an attorney if the crash was due to another driver’s negligence.
What Kind of Damage Was Caused?
Most insurance adjusters speak in terms which minimizes damage and make car crash victims believe that their accident wasn’t that serious. Was there visible damage to the vehicles involved? Did the impact violently jerk your body inside your vehicle? If the answer to these questions is “no” and you were not injured, then you may not need an attorney. Never take the adjuster’s word for it that you were involved in a “minor crash” if the answer to either of these questions is “yes” and you were hurt in the crash.
Ultimately, the unique circumstances of your car crash will dictate whether legal representation is a good idea for you. Before you decide, why not sit down with the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton for a free consultation to weigh your options. Call us at 719.634.0102 or contact us on the web by clicking this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.