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7 Tips for Finding a Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident
Being in a car accident is traumatic by itself. Dealing with the aftermath — such as seeking treatment for your injuries, filing an insurance claim and getting legal advice — can add to the stress.
At a time when you may not know what to do next, it can be difficult to decide if you need a personal injury attorney.
If your car suffers damage in an accident but you don’t, your insurance company should work on your behalf to get you reimbursed, and you probably won’t need a lawyer. But if you’re injured in a car accident, an early consultation with a lawyer may be the right move. An attorney could help you win a larger settlement that goes toward your medical bills following an accident.
Here are seven tips to help you find a personal injury attorney after you’ve been hurt in a car accident.
- Act fast.
The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the harder it gets to take a case to trial. Much of your initial decision may rest on how helpful the other driver is.
If the other driver in your accident is immediately cooperative, you might not need to hire an attorney. But if that person is unhelpful, you may need legal help to get all relevant information.
Many lawyers offer free initial consultations in these types of cases, and consumers should avoid lawyers who don’t, says Andrew Vines, a personal injury attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“In that consultation, the lawyer can discuss your case and let you know whether you have a valid claim that can and should be pursued,” Vines says.
- Do your research.
You may see late-night TV commercials or an ad on the side of a bus for attorneys who claim to collect large payments for people injured in car crashes. Such advertising doesn’t necessarily mean an attorney is good or bad at their job, but their claims should be checked out.
You can research an attorney’s record online at your state bar association or through an online directory at the American Bar Association. Your local or state bar association may also have a lawyer referral service.
Friends and family can also offer referrals, or ask an attorney you’ve worked with in the past. Continue reading…