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How to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney--When You Should and What You Need to Know

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By Monge and Associates

Many people will experience an accident at least once in their lifetime, but many of those people make the mistake of not knowing what to do when that happens, or even if they should hire an attorney to help them with their case. Do you even have a case? The only way to know for sure would be by contacting a personal injury attorney so he/she can assess your situation to help determine whether or not you actually have a claim.

Here are 5 things that you need to know:

  1. Assess the property damage.  If you’re in a car accident, two scenarios could occur, your car is deemed a total loss, or car it can be repared. Either way, the first thing you’ll need to determine is whether or not your insurance will pay for the damage or whether the other party’s insurance company will pay for it.

  2. Personal Injury. If you have been injured in any way, you will need to seek out medical attention and care right away. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your injuries at a later date. Your medical expenses should be covered by your insurance company, but if you are not at fault, then your injuries will be covered by the other party’s liability insurance.

  3. Why you might need hire a personal injury attorney. In many cases, insurance companies will short-change the claimant’s medical/damage expenses. This is when you most definitely will need to hire an attorney. Especially when you are not at fault for an incident.

  4. When you need a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are not usually very generous on their own as they usually pay the least amount of money possible. This is where a personal injury attorney comes in . They are usually experienced in getting settlements for general damages that can be difficult to determine; such as, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. This would be in addition to your medical expenses.

  5. Don’t wait too long to start the process. Although the length of time varies from state to state, there is a statute of limitations in which the accident must be reported and claimed within each state. It’s usually a very short period of time, so if you feel that you need the help of an attorney, don’t hesitate to contact one immediately. It doesn’t matter what the injury, damage, or loss is, you will never know if you have a claim or not unless you contact a personal injury lawyer about your case today.


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