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When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer You’ve likely seen the ads on TV telling you to hire an injury attorney if you’ve been hurt in an accident, and not to wait lest you lose your right to sue. The ads usually don’t say under what specific circumstances you must do so or how much time is you have in your hands. The simplest claims don’t normally need an attorney’s help. This is when one or all of the following conditions apply: 1) liability clearly falls on the other party; 2) your injuries are minimal; and/or 3) there are no extenuating circumstances that demand investigation (for instance, uncertainties regarding coverage). You may not know about such things at first. That’s the reason several injured claimants start out filing their own claim, only to hire an attorney later on. It would be crucial to at least seek the advice of a car accident attorney when:
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> Liability is not obvious or is shared among or between different parties;
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> You have no idea as to how your claim must be evaluated; > The adjuster has requested for your pre-accident medical records; > The adjuster has offered you a deal but you think your claim should be worth more; > The adjuster proposes a structured settlement and not a lump sum payment; > You have no confidence in your ability to negotiate a settlement for yourself; and > You have a lost wage claim that is hard to prove–for instance, you are a sales person, a business owner, consultant, etc. It is essential that you consult a car accident lawyer when: > Extenuating circumstances make your claim more valuable, and proving your loss is very difficult (you’re a caregiver who can no longer take care of sick father or your husband, for example); > The insurance company has declined your claim, you honestly believe their decision is incorrect, and they would not reverse it; > You cannot accept the insurance company’s low settlement offer; > You have major injuries and considerable medical bills, whether you have residual disability or not; > You sustained moderate injuries with residual disability, and expect to incur medical bills in the future; > The injured party is a minor who sustained not so minor injuries; > There is disagreement over liability, and you think you did not cause the accident or at least only caused it partially. > Almost a year has passed since the accident, you’re far from settling your claim, and you have no idea about the statute of limitations in your state; > The circumstances around the accident are complex, and expert investigation may be needed to shed light on the case; and > The other party in the accident has filed a lawsuit against you.