How soon should I hire an attorney after a car accident? Spoiler alert: You shouldn’t wait.
You should know that the insurance companies have a team of attorneys and claims adjusters who begin evaluating your accident claim the second it is filed. Assuming you are injured, it is imperative you retain an attorney as quickly as possible.
The Injury Firm on “How soon should I hire an attorney after a car accident?”
Retaining an attorney as soon as possible following a car accident can make the difference between receiveing maximum compensation and losing thousands of dollars to medical bills. If you were injured in a car accident, seeking medical care and focusing on recovery should be your first concern; however, hiring a personal injury attorney is a very critical second step. [read a great article on “When To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney” by the Nevada DMV here]
Why? The insurance industry is very complex and it is not an industry an inexperienced individual should attempt to navigate through on their own. Often, insurance companies will contact the victim of a car accident shortly after the incident to offer a settlement or ask questions regarding the crash. Air with a side of caution and do not provide any incriminating information as this could be used against your case. It is best to tell the insurance company you cannot provide any information as you’ve retained, or are in the process of retaining an attorney.
Aside from dealing with insurance companies, your attorney will investigate the accident, collect all evidence pertaining to your claim, interview witnesses, and file necessary paperwork on your behalf.
In addition, they’ll ensure you receive compensation for various damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Therefore, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident so they can ensure you are properly taken care of while you focus on what matters most – your health and recovery.
Avoid The Heavily Advertised Firms
It is important to note that not all personal injury firms are created equally. Many of the bigger advertised firms are no more than settlement mills. A settlement mill is a law firm that uses heavy advertising as the engine of their business. They typically sign cases up and treat their clients as just another case file in their system. Settlement mills do not rely on current or former clients to refer cases via word-of-mouth; they are structured to take in as many cases as possible, making the client-attorney relationship experience
feel terribly cold and impersonal. That is not the type of relationship we would want to have with our injured clients.
Settlement mills tend to settle for less.
It is also important to touch on the fact that settlement mills tend to settle for LESS than what you are entitled to at the time of closing as they are more concerned with quantity of cases settled than the quality of cases settled. Proceed with great caution should you choose to have your case represented by one of these firms.
So, when asking “How soon should I hire an attorney after a car accident?”
The answer is, and always will be, immediately. The Injury Firm has decades of experience in protecting the rights of car accident victims all throughout Nevada. We have the resources required to stand up against any insurance carrier or corporation. Our experienced and dedicated attorneys will fight hard to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses.