Should I get an attorney after a car accident?
This question comes up frequently when dealing with motorists across Mississippi: when exactly should I contact an attorney if I’ve had a car accident?
The answer, like many legal answers, is this: it depends.
Several elements may factor into your decision as to whether or not to contact an attorney, including:
At the most basic level, you typically do not need to contact an attorney if there were no injuries in the accident. The people involved can usually handle minor fender benders on their own.
That said, if at any point you feel uncomfortable dealing with the aftermath of a crash, it is wise to speak with someone. An attorney may be helpful with sorting out paperwork or other legalities.
Contacting an attorney is highly recommended if any injuries resulted from the accident. If you or anyone you know was involved, an attorney can help you with the next steps in filing a claim.
Here’s a handy, 3-step process to follow anytime there is an accident resulting in an injury:
If the injury was significant enough that you anticipate long-term disability or time off of work, then it’s wise to contact an attorney immediately after the incident. They may be able to help you in filing a claim against anyone responsible for your injuries.
Here are a few instances in which the aid of an attorney would help you recover from the accident:
If these situations (or anything similar) arise, it’s essential to reach out to an attorney quickly so that your case doesn’t become more complicated.
An experienced attorney will be helpful if there are ever problems with your insurance company. Insurance companies typically look out for themselves by saving as much money as possible when it’s time to pay. This approach doesn’t always benefit you, the injured party.
If your insurance company does any of these things, run, don’t walk, to an attorney:
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