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When to Lawyer Up after a Car Accident

When to Lawyer Up after a Car Accident

If you’ve been in a car accident that has resulted in serious personal injuries or property damage, you may need to speak to a car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Waiting too long to hire a lawyer can cause you to lose out on important legal rights and options.

When you’ve suffered injuries and damages from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you will likely be able to hire an attorney on a contingency fee basis, which means that the attorney doesn’t get paid unless and until he or she is able to get financial compensation for you in a settlement or at trial. Hiring a lawyer almost always leads to you getting more compensation than you would if you tried to pursue your claim on your own.

If you find yourself in any of the following situations, it may be the right time for you to retain a car accident lawyer. 

When You Need to Know Your Legal Rights and Options

If you try to pursue a legal claim on your own, you may end up getting quickly confused about the law and the procedures to follow in filing a claim with the insurance company or in court, especially if this is your first time asserting a claim for a car accident. A personal injury attorney will have full knowledge of the laws concerning car accident cases and will know what procedures need to be followed to file and pursue your claim with the insurance company or to file a lawsuit in court. When you have an attorney on your side who can pursue a lawsuit on your behalf, it usually makes the insurance companies much more amenable to settlement.

Most importantly, an attorney will be cognizant of the deadlines on your claim; the statute of limitations requires you to file a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for your car accident within a certain period of time, otherwise you will lose your right to file suit in court.

An experienced car accident attorney will know what kinds of damages you have incurred and may be entitled to compensation for, and will be able to protect your rights and interests if the other party tries to raise legal defenses or assert their own legal claims against you. 

When You Need an Experienced Investigator for Your Accident

Many car accident cases require securing, evaluating, and organizing a great deal of evidence in order to prove how the accident occurred, who caused the accident, and the amount of damages you’ve incurred and are entitled to compensation for. When you’re trying to recover from injuries suffered in a car accident, you may not have the time and energy to complete the investigation and paperwork needed for your claim. However, an experienced car accident lawyer will know what evidence you will need to prove your claim for compensation and will know where to find that evidence (if it exists) and how to secure it. Most car accident lawyers also regularly work with expert witnesses, who can provide persuasive opinions on matters such as accident reconstruction, your medical recovery, your inability to work or participate in life activities, and your financial losses. An attorney can organize the evidence in your case into a persuasive legal argument and prepare a demand letter to the insurance company to begin the process of securing fair and full compensation for your damages.

When You Need an Advocate for Your Interests

The insurance companies have armies of adjusters and lawyers who are protecting the insurer’s interest — namely, paying out as little as possible in claims. When you hire a car accident attorney, you will have someone advocating for and looking out for your interests. This can be especially important if your claim goes to court and to trial, as you will want an advocate who knows how to persuasively tell your story to a judge or a jury.

Contact a Perth Amboy Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at CourtLaw represent clients injured because of car accidents in Clinton, Perth Amboy, Passaic, Union City, and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 442-5900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 163 Market St. Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, as well as offices in New Brunswick, Roselle, East Orange, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Linden, Newark, Paterson, South Amboy, and Trenton.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

For over a decade, Karim Arzadi has represented me and my family on matters related to car accidents and personal injury cases. I am extremely satisfied with the work he has performed. In addition, I have found his staff to be professional and friendly. I highly recommend him to those seeking for a good lawyer.

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