3 Reasons Why You Should Speak With a Car Accident Attorney
After a car accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do next. One of the most important decisions you will make is whether or not to hire a personal injury attorney.
While every case is unique, there are many reasons why you should speak with an attorney after your car accident. Our attorneys at Denning Law Firm, LLC, are here to provide you with the professional guidance you need.
If you need legal assistance, reach out to our firm today. From our office in Overland Park, Kansas, we serve injured victims throughout Kansas City. We’re licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas.
Three Reasons to Speak With a Car Accident Attorney
If you were involved in an auto accident, it's important to consult a car accident attorney. Here are three key reasons:
1. Understanding At-Fault vs. No-Fault Rules
The laws governing liability for car accidents depend on whether you live in a fault or no-fault state. A no-fault state requires insurance companies to pay for medical bills and other expenses related to a car accident regardless of who is responsible.
An at-fault state requires that drivers prove who caused the accident and then seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company or, if necessary, pursue legal action against the driver responsible.
A car accident attorney understands these differences in law and can work with you to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries and other damages.
2. You’re Suffering From a Serious Injury
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident and cannot return to work or have experienced long-term disability due to your injuries, speaking with an experienced lawyer is absolutely essential.
They'll know how to evaluate your case and determine what kind of compensation you should receive for your injuries in order to cover lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as any other damages related to the accident. They also know how to navigate complex legal issues such as the statute of limitations and other technicalities that could otherwise derail your claim if not handled correctly by an expert.
3. Negotiating With the Insurance Company
Insurance companies will often try to lowball victims after an auto accident in order to protect their bottom line and minimize their own financial exposure resulting from the incident. Unfortunately, negotiating directly with an insurance company can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless when they refuse to pay what is rightfully owed or take advantage of loopholes in the system while disregarding what is fair and just.
A skilled attorney can help guide negotiations with insurers so that they treat you fairly, allowing you to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney
When you meet with an attorney, you should come prepared with certain questions to ask in order to make sure that you are hiring the right one. The following are some key things to ask during your initial consultation:
“How many years of experience do you have?”
A personal injury attorney can provide invaluable insights into your case, as well as suggest strategies that may not have occurred to you. A lawyer with over ten years of experience in personal injury cases can provide you with more peace of mind than one who’s fresh out of law school. But, keep in mind that experience does not automatically yield success.
“Have you handled cases similar to mine?”
It is crucial to know if your attorney has dealt with a situation similar to yours before—this can help determine how successful they could be in recovering your full compensation. An attorney who has worked on many similar cases will be more familiar with the ins and outs of proceedings and can provide valuable advice regarding potential outcomes.
“What challenges do you foresee with my case?”
Every legal situation presents its own set of unique challenges, but your attorney should be able to anticipate any potential issues and advise accordingly. By asking this question, you can make sure your lawyer is taking into account all possible risks associated with your case so that you can make informed decisions about how to best proceed.
“How long do you think it will take to resolve my case?”
No one wants their legal proceedings dragged out unnecessarily, so it’s important for your attorney to give an estimate of how long it might take for them to resolve the case. Having an understanding of timelines allows both parties involved (the client and their attorney) to know what kind of schedule they’re working with when attempting to reach a resolution on their legal matter.
“How much do you charge?”
This question will likely come up early on during your consultation process. It is important for your attorney to establish payment expectations upfront so that there are no surprises down the line.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Denning Law Firm, LLC, provide a no-cost case review, which means you can ask these and many other questions without having to pay anything.
Reach Out for Detailed Support
The aftermath of a car accident can be overbearing. However, speaking with an experienced attorney can help you better understand your situation and your chances of obtaining compensation. Reach out to Denning Law Firm, LLC, to get professional guidance and detailed support. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost case evaluation.