With all of the commercials out there offering personal injury attorney services it can be a bit confusing as to when you actually need a personal injury attorney and when you don’t. With that in mind, here’s some advice on when you should make the move and hire a personal injury lawyer.

You Got Hurt

It seems like the most obvious answer, but if you were in an accident that was not your fault and were injured, it’s probably a good idea to get a personal injury lawyer. In the case of car accidents the insurance company for the party that hit you may contact you right after the accident to settle as quickly as possible and ask you to sign releases, which could prevent you from getting the best settlement to compensate you for the injuries sustained. Hiring a personal injury attorney means you’ll have somebody in your corner who is interested in what is best for you, knows your rights and will advocate on your behalf.

Who’s at Fault is in Dispute

If there’s ever a debate about who’s at fault for an accident, it’s a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney. Having somebody with knowledge of the law can help you make sure everything possible is being done to investigate and protect your interest and allocate the blame where it belongs. Paying for something when you’re not at fault is adding insult to injury.

The Other Driver is Uninsured or Underinsured

Even if there’s no debate about the other driver’s fault, if they don’t have any insurance or don’t have enough to compensate you for your injuries, getting a lawyer is advisable to help explore every avenue for recovery, whether investigating the assets of the defendant or combing through the many forms of insurance that may be available. A personal injury attorney will know what you should be entitled to and how to go about properly pursuing your claim.

Any Time You’re Not Sure of Your Rights

Any time you’re in any kind of accident and there’s an injured party, be it yourself or somebody else, there’s something to be said for at least consulting with a personal injury attorney to see if you need their services. The hiring of an attorney in these situations prevents you and your loved ones from being taken advantage of by an insurance company or deprived of your rights.


K. Ruppert Beirne

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