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Help, I Was in a Wreck! When Should I Call My Attorney?

Published on October 15th, 2020

If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may have a general sense that you need to hire a lawyer in Rockford to be by your side. But when, exactly, should that process begin—and for what activities will you need a lawyer’s assistance? While each person’s case will be unique to the circumstances of their accident, the key times to look at are: immediately after the accident, during negotiations, and when the case goes to court. Here are some examples of how a lawyer could intervene on your behalf and encourage a favorable resolution for you.

Immediately After Your Accident

Your Lawyer Can Help Collect Information

After an accident, especially one which results in bodily damage or property damage, you may need time to recover. While you recover in the hospital or at home, your lawyer can collect key documents such as the traffic collision report and medical records related to your accident. Involving a lawyer early can help make sure that details are accounted for, right from the start.

Your Lawyer Can Advocate for You

Allowing your lawyer to make the first contact with the insurance companies involved can help protect your best interests. It’s possible that neither your insurance company nor the other driver’s will be inclined to help you. Insurance companies may attempt to minimize the medical impact of the accident or damages done to your vehicle. A lawyer can help ensure that your vehicle is safely repaired or negotiate the replacement value of your car if it’s been ‘totaled.’

Negotiating a Settlement

Your attorney can help appraise your injuries and other losses 

Insurance companies make their money by not paying claims. Your attorney can prepare a detailed and organized settlement demand which incorporates your medical records and bills. The attorney may have a doctor or other expert witness review your records, examine you, and prepare a summary report of your condition or event which could help you prepare for an eventual lawsuit if no settlement is reached.

Your attorney can help assess the offers presented to you. 

When the insurer makes an offer to you, your attorney will be able to advise you whether it’s a fair offer or not. The attorney is obligated to tell you about any offer, no matter how inadequate, as it is your case. You will also be advised whether or not to stand by the demand or make a counter offer. This will be based on a series of hypotheticals: what your case may be awarded at trial, what might happen if an award is made at trial, and the possibility of the insurer delaying payment by pursuing an appeal of the award.

If Your Case Goes to Court

Insurance companies hire lawyers in battalions; you are at a major disadvantage if you are unrepresented at any stage as the insurer’s goal is to keep all the money they can. Consulting an attorney on any matter where the Courts or Corporations are involved is your best move.

Your Attorney Can Help You File a Lawsuit

If you have not been able to negotiate a settlement of your claim and are within the two (2) year statute of limitations, your attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the other driver. After the suit is filed, your attorney will guide you through the pre-trial process of “discovery” where you are asked written questions, produce records, and possibly give live testimony in front of a court at a deposition. Your attorney will prepare you for the questions you are likely to be asked and will sit right next to you to advise you in real time.

Your Attorney Can Present Evidence and Argue Your Case

At trial, your attorney will be there to present evidence on your behalf and object to evidence presented by the other driver’s insurance company provided attorneys. When the jury awards you damages, the attorney will help you minimize claims for medical bills and prepare a defense for a possible appeal by the insurance company. Sometimes the award even begins a second cycle of negotiation when an appeal is used as leverage.

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Rockford

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, our lawyers in Rockford can help you navigate this difficult time. The American Law Firm can help make sure that your interests are protected throughout the process. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation with a member of our legal team.

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