If you have been involved in a car accident you may wish to hire a lawyer. However, it’s not always clear when you should hire a lawyer, and if you even need one in the first place. This article will help to shed some light on the subject so you’re a little clearer about whether you need a lawyer or whether you can deal with the aftermath of a car accident on your own.
If the car accident you had was fairly routine and there are no complications you may not need a lawyer. You may want to learn a little about how to make a car accident claim as this will arm you with many of the details you’ll need. However, there are a few other factors that you’ll need to take into consideration before you make a decision, so let’s take a look at these now:
Is it Clear who was at Fault for the Accident, or has the Fault been Contested?
If the fault has been contested and you’re unable to prove that the accident was caused by the other driver you may need the help of a lawyer. This is because if you simply cannot prove that the driver was to blame you will lose your case. If there is a lot at stake and you think a lawyer may be able to help you, you’ll need to hire one asap.
How much Money have you Spent on Medical Bills?
If you can pay for your medical expenses yourself, and you haven’t lost many earnings due to being absent from work you may wish to settle the claim yourself. However, if your medical bills are more than $5,000, for example, and you cannot afford to pay the bills you may need the help of a lawyer.
Were you Badly Injured in the Accident?
If you were badly injured in the car accident and/or it took you a long time to recover you may need to hire a lawyer. This is especially the case if you have a permanent injury as it means you could have quite a large claim.
Is your Claim going to End up in Court?
If you think your claim is going to end up in court and you are unable to use a dispute resolution service you may need to hire a lawyer to help you. If you hire a lawyer who knows the rules of the court you will get a fair chance to win a settlement and protect your legal rights.
Can you Present your Claim and Happily Invest up to 10 hours Trying to Settle it?
If you are happy to invest up to 10 hours of your own time settling your claim you may not need a lawyer. However, if you do not wish to spend up to 10 hours on your claim you should seriously consider hiring a lawyer.
If your case is a particularly complicated one or you simply do not know where to begin a lawyer could help you.
If you do decide to present and settle your claim yourself and you are successful you could make a nice amount of money. However, if you do decide to hire a lawyer you should be prepared to pay them approximately one-third of the settlement. If you are happy to pay a lawyer to work on your case and your case is successful, one-third of the settlement may seem well worth it.
If you have sustained an injury due to being involved in a car accident that was the fault of another drive, please contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can as you may have a personal injury claim.
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