When to Contact an Attorney Following a Serious Personal Injury
- September 15, 2021
Accidents happen. Sometimes, you’re going to get hurt, and there will be very little you can do besides focus on the recovery. But in some cases, your injury warrants contacting a personal injury attorney to help you receive compensation for your injury. How do you know when to contact an attorney regarding your accident or injury? Here are a few important questions to ask yourself when determining whether or not you should get an attorney involved.
Were Your Injuries Caused by Someone Else?
The first (and arguably, the most important) question you need to answer is who was at fault for your injuries. If the harm you suffered was the result of a simple accident or your own actions, then there is nothing a personal injury attorney can do for you. However, if you were harmed due to the actions or negligence of another party, you need an attorney on your side to collect the necessary evidence, build a case, and pursue compensation from those responsible for your injuries.
In some cases, there may be multiple liable parties that can be held accountable for your injuries. Our attorneys can help you identify all those parties and guide you through pursuing compensation from each.
The most common example of a personal injury caused by another party is a car accident. If the other driver was clearly responsible for the accident (and, therefore, your resulting injuries), you can pursue compensation from that driver and their insurance provider. Or, if you were in an accident with a commercial truck driver, you could pursue compensation from both the driver and the trucking company. Regardless of the individual situation, we can help to identify where fault lies and determine the best route for getting you the compensation you deserve.
How Serious Are Your Injuries?
The severity of your injuries will also be an important factor in determining whether or not you should contact an attorney. Slipping on a wet floor at the grocery store and bruising your hands and knees is generally a situation that people are equipped to handle on their own; but if you slip and fall on that wet floor and suffer a concussion, that’s an entirely different matter.
If you suffered serious injuries in a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, or in any other situation where another party is at fault, you should contact an attorney right away. Serious injuries often leave victims with high medical bills, long-term treatments for recovery, and reduced income due to missed work. If the injuries you suffered impact your daily life, and you believe that another party is at fault, you should contact our attorneys immediately.
Have You Tried Working with the Responsible Party?
Few people want to get an attorney involved immediately—and that’s understandable. You may want to give the responsible party the chance to do the right thing and make efforts to compensate you for your injuries. This means speaking with the person or company who caused your injury, as well as possibly connecting with that person’s insurance company.
It’s usually best to let an attorney handle any communications with an insurance company from the beginning. Insurance carriers are in no hurry to pay out on claims, and you’ll often be faced with “deny, delay, and deprive,” tactics. If you’ve already spoken with the responsible party or their insurance carrier, this may have triggered the realization that you need an advocate to handle this situation for you.
Very rarely will an insurance company offer the injured party what they truly deserve, much less do so in a timely manner. If you feel like the insurer or the responsible party themselves are giving you the runaround, end direct communication with them and allow one of our attorneys to become your advocate instead.
Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help
At Selem Antonucci Law, we have decades of experience standing up for the rights of those who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. More than that, we’ve been in your shoes, injured as the result of another’s actions. We’ll work harder for you than anyone else, because we know exactly how life-altering such an injury can be.
We’ll help you to gather the evidence you need to establish fault, and do whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. We can’t heal your injury, but we’ll make your situation right in any way we can. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.