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Do I need an attorney after my accident?

After your recent car accident, you may have experienced many events for the first time. Serious injuries, a hospital stay, perhaps surgical procedures and legal issues may have seemed overwhelming and a bit frightening at times. You certainly didn't attempt to handle your medical issues on your own. Why would you feel you had to handle your legal issues without assistance?

It may not be easy to recognize when a matter is a legal one, but it may help to ask yourself one simple question: Are my rights at stake? If you are unsure how to answer questions from law enforcement, insurance agents, attorneys for the other driver or medical professionals, you may benefit from the experience and skill of a legal professional.

The benefits of legal counsel

As treacherous as it sounds, insurance agents are trained to extract agreements from you at your most vulnerable moments. It is important that you avoid signing anything, agreeing to a recorded interview or admitting any fault without the advice of legal counsel. The aftermath of an accident in which you suffered injuries can be more than just a stay in the hospital. You may be facing months or years of recovery, pain and suffering, and medical bills. You want to be sure not to jeopardize your right to compensation.

Having an attorney on your side can give you a decided advantage when you are dealing with the confusion of seeking the compensation you deserve, whether from an insurance company or through a civil claim. A few ways in which an attorney can assist you include the following:

  • Offering an unbiased assessment of the chances of success in filing a civil claim
  • Explaining complicated legal and medical terminology in layman's terms
  • Accessing resources to investigate the circumstances of your accident
  • Consulting with medical and forensic specialists
  • Using knowledge of the law and past results to guide you in making prudent decisions
  • Using experience in dealing with other attorneys, insurance companies and the California court system
  • Considering alternative dispute resolution as a cost-effective and efficient way to obtain the results you desire

Of course, if negotiation or other forms of ADR are not appropriate for your case, the right attorney will not shy away from taking the matter to court and developing a strategy that will strive to achieve a favorable jury verdict. When it is clear that your rights and best interests are on the line, you deserve to have someone standing up for you and working to obtain the compensation you deserve.

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