Car Accident, Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you’ve been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and you’re wondering if you need a lawyer, the short answer is, it depends. It depends on several circumstances which we’ll discuss below.
A good rule of thumb is if you suffered an injury which required the attention of a healthcare provider, you likely have a case which requires the attention of a lawyer who focuses on personal injury law.
Frankly, you should always seek a medical evaluation if you’ve been involved in an accident, even if you feel fine right afterwards. Injuries can sometimes take days or even weeks to become apparent. So, the opinion of a medical professional is usually necessary. If payment for that evaluation is a concern, speak to an attorney right away to ensure that there is a source of payment available.
If no injuries were suffered and little to no damage was done to your vehicle, it may not be necessary to hire an attorney. But, even then, it makes sense to speak to an attorney out of an abundance of caution. At VanDerGinst Law you can have that discussion for free, with no obligation to hire. It is better to be safe than sorry, and it is better to have that discussion sooner rather than later.
Below are examples of when it most certainly makes sense to obtain a personal injury attorney:
• Broken bones
• Soft tissues injuries
• Hospital stays
• Multiple people injured
• Injury that affects long-term health
• Injuries that require medical treatment
• Injuries that have caused loss of compensation, require missed work
• Accidents that have caused emotional distress and/or trauma
• At-fault disputes
• Inaccurate paperwork – insurance information, police reports, etc.
• Non-cooperative other parties (insurance companies, another driver, etc.)
Often, the other person’s insurance company will want to settle your claim right away or will lead you to believe they will be cooperative, and you have no reason to hire an attorney. That should always be a red flag. Of course, they want to settle right away and don’t want you to feel you need an attorney. Their job is to get you to accept as little as possible to get your claim resolved. They do not represent YOUR interests. They represent the interests of their employer, the insurance company.
If an accident does happen, VanDerGinst Law would be honored to help you with your personal injury claim. The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win. If you suffered any type of injury in Iowa or Illinois, or a serious injury anywhere in the country, contact VanDerGinst Law at 800-960-8529.