Do I Need a Lawyer?
Usually if you’re wondering whether or not you should contact a lawyer after you or a loved one is injured in an accident, it’s a good idea for you to go ahead and make that call. A free consultation without any upfront fees never hurt anyone after all, and it’s possible that any injuries or costly expenses you sustained from your accident could be hurting you now or will hurt you in the long run. Your best option is to at least talk to a lawyer—even if you don’t choose to retain one—sooner rather than later.
The fact is that most people don’t think to call a lawyer until too long after an accident unless there’s an overwhelming amount of paperwork, serious injuries are involved, or there’s pain coming from the financial implications. The following scenarios will help you decide whether the time has come to pick up the phone and call experienced Indiana injury attorneys.
Scenario 1: The paperwork is overwhelming.
It doesn’t take long for the aftermath of an accident to feel like a heap of new stress on top of everything else going on in your life – not to mention any physical or financial pain you may be feeling from your accident. From phone calls to paperwork to just the overall hassle of dealing with everything that comes after that initial accident or injury, you’re confronted from the very start with paperwork in the form of an incident report and demands for a statement before you even have time to process what actually happened.
Suddenly your mind is a mess of claim numbers, questions to answer, and the phone ringing off the hook once the insurance companies come calling. Chances are you’ll be communicating with your own insurance company, but you should leave the communication with the at-fault party's insurer up to your attorney. After an accident, this can quickly become too much to deal with, even without involving any bodily injuries or hits to your finances. In that moment, it’s definitely time to get help.
Scenario 2: You’ve been seriously injured.
It’s a natural response to try and rationalize your pain and convince yourself that you’re making too big of a deal out of the accident. Many accident victims have that same train of thought and don’t contact experienced attorneys right away because of that. Some don’t even call a doctor. It’s when that persistent pain doesn’t go away that you realize you may have been more seriously, lastingly hurt than you originally thought.
Regardless of whether those injuries were serious enough to land you in the hospital immediately following the accident or it took a couple of weeks for you to realize how much damage you actually have, your pain is significant. If your injuries are severe enough to infringe on your daily life, they are most likely severe enough to phone a lawyer for consultation and guidance. Doctors can help you with your physical recovery, but having a fighter on your side to get you the compensation you deserve is important as well. Especially if your injuries are severe enough to be life-changing.
Scenario 3: You’re feeling pain in your pocketbook.
If being in an accident and sustaining bodily injuries isn’t bad enough, your finances often take a hit, too. Being in an accident of any kind can be expensive, and you have no way of planning for it. From property damage to lost wages to medical expenses, there are a multitude of ways your finances could be at risk from the aftermath of an accident—which is when you need strong, aggressive attorneys on your side to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
So when is the best time to call a lawyer?
In a perfect world, you’d call as soon as you suspect that you may need legal help. With every passing day after your accident that you don’t contact a lawyer, your claim becomes more at risk due to deadlines on legal rights (in some situations, you have only a few months to notify the entity at fault that you’re going to pursue a claim. If you wait too long, your chances at compensation are minimal) and also due to evidence. After an accident, any premises liabilities can be fixed, witness testimonies get less reliable and any recordings that exist of the accident may be erased.
Every accident is unique. You can’t change what happened and neither can we—however, what we can do is make your life easier by taking a decent bit of that work and stress off your plate so you can focus on recovering. If you or a loved one has been hurt and/or in an accident, contact our Indiana law firm today for a free consultation.