Do I Need A Lawyer for Car Accidents?
A car accident is never a positive experience and at Khattar Law LLC. we understand that. We are here to inform you when or when not, you would need a lawyer in this type of situation.
When and if injuries and damages are minor, a legal representative may not be necessary. However, it is important to contact a professional when any type of accident arises.
Most accidents are unexpected situation that require time, money and energy to deal with. The health of an individual along with his or her safety is a great concern. Having a lawyer can help ensure that you receive compensation for the damages that you have suffered. It is important to obtain a lawyer to ensure all processes are accomplished correctly and in a timely manner.
When to Obtain a Lawyer
Legal representation should be considered if/when liability is unclear or there is a dispute about who is responsible. Organizing evidence may assist in clearing any dispute about liability and discover what chain of events led to the injury. An inspector may have to conduct an examination if the damage is mostly to the vehicle. Additionally, if an individual has been served with documentation that they are involved in the lawsuit, it is best to contact a lawyer immediately in order to protect one’s legal rights and avoid forfeiting rights.
Another situation where a lawyer’s counsel may be highly beneficial is when an insurance settlement has been initiated as adjusters tend to offer lower numbers than expected for repairs to property as well as long-term injuries that require extensive medical treatment. These settlements should be reviewed by a lawyer. The lawyer should analyze the terms to determine if they are acceptable. Renegotiation is usually necessary if the payment cannot cover all treatment and medical procedures. For determining whether a total amount in a lump sum or payments are needed, the legal representative may analyze all healthcare processes with a healthcare professional.
Many insurance claims are denied. Technicalities may be the root cause companies deny these claims however, lawyers are obtained for these reasons and assist in contesting denials so entitled compensation is received for those that have been injured. Even when injury is minor, some medical procedures are expensive, requiring compensation from insurance to assist in patient recovery.
Additional situations to think of acquiring a lawyer are:
- Drunk driving or hit and run car accidents
- Uninsured or under insured motorist collisions
- Car accidents involving pedestrians, runners, or bicyclists
- Motorcycle accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Out-of-state motorist injury or property claims arising in south central Texas
- Disputes with any insurance carrier — the other driver’s or your own
- Wrongful death / fatal car accidents
After injury consequences
You may think that minor consequences are not that bad, however even these can lead to further consequences and changes in your daily routine. You may not be able to return to the same line or work and may have to give up a favorite recreational activity. These are factors that can be considered when a settlement is in question.
Minor injuries may also lead to complications or further damage not noticed until later. These injuries could lead to losing income at a job or career. These wages are factored into settlements, this is where a lawyer may assist in obtaining all needed payment.
Good to know
Though each state is different, the statute of limitations (this is a link to merriam webster dictionary for definition of the word) applies for personal injury claims and liability with traffic accidents. Some states have longer timeframes, while some have shorter timeframes. No matter how minor the accident, it is important to know your rights. A lawyer can explain the relevant statute of limitations as well as factors that could cut the time limit (ex. When a governmental entity is involved).
For more information about how Khattar Law LLC. could help you in case of a car accident check out the company’s practice areas.