When To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney
Written by Greg on June 10, 2012
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s neglect, you should consider contacting a reputable personal-injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Certainly, you should find out your rights and options before you give any written or recorded statements to an insurance company–even your own.
Often, insurance company adjusters have been trained to inquire into areas solely to find ammunition to defend your claim. Information such as:
Have you ever made an injury claim before?
Have you ever had an injury before?
Have you ever made a worker’s compensation claim?
Have you ever been in another car accident?
You get the idea, insurance company is not looking at what happened in the accident, what are your injuries and the like as much as they are looking for remote chances to make you look bad at trial. Many times answers to these questions can be so remote in time over or otherwise confusing or irrelevant such that they may not be admissible at trial.
When the adjuster starts your relationship with them by trying to defend the claim by questions of remote and largely irrelevant issues–you can see where the matter is headed.
The more serious the accident the more important it is that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Another reason why contacting personal injury attorneys is a good idea early on is that evidence can disappear if the victim does not take steps to preserve the evidence. Witnesses can move and even change their story once approached by the insurance company.
There are situations in which families are very capable of resolving the matter with an insurance company even when it’s an adverse insurance company, but a serious injury case is probably not one such situation.
Frequently we are contacted by innocent victims who have attempted to handle the case themselves, only to find out that they have hit a brick wall with the insurance company. Many times we are unable to assist the family because of the age of the case or because of actions taken by the family when they tried to handle the climb themselves. If you’ve been seriously injured–find a serious lawyer.