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Handling Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Criminal Defense Cases


How Soon to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident 

How Soon to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident 

After a car accident, it’s normal to feel confused and unsure of what to do next. However, hiring an Atlanta personal injury lawyer from our office can be invaluable in the hours and days directly after a car accident.

At the Law Firm of Matthew C. Hines, we understand Atlanta personal injury law. We can use our experience and expertise to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

However, if you aren’t sure that you need the legal services we offer, keep reading. Here you can learn more about the role of personal injury attorneys in these situations and why making this hire is smart.

Reasons to Hire a Lawyer Immediately After a Georgia Car Accident

If you are involved in a car accident caused by another party, you can bet that the other party will contact their insurance company (and sometimes an attorney) to help reduce their liability for the situation.

These professionals will get to work immediately, and you need the same skills and abilities on your side. Contacting our lawyers right after an accident ensures that all your questions will be answered and help you avoid saying something that may harm your ability to recover compensation.

Some of the specific times you should hire an Atlanta car accident attorney immediately include the following:

You Experienced Significant Damages or Severe Injuries

After a minor fender bender that did not cause serious injuries, you may not need help from a personal injury lawyer. However, in other circumstances, talking to an experienced attorney is one of the best ways for you to protect your rights to receive compensation for your medical costs and damages sustained in the accident.

Another Person’s Actions Contributed to Your Accident

Be sure to talk to a lawyer about any accident if another person’s actions played a role in it. This includes an accident involving more than one vehicle or resulting in an unexpected and sudden loss of control of your vehicle.

The Other Party’s Insurance Provider Offered a Low Settlement for Your Claim

It is smart to talk to a lawyer before you take a settlement offer from the other party’s insurance company. Right after an accident, it is very difficult to think clearly and understand the accident’s full impact on your financial situation.

Hiring an attorney means you have someone who can analyze the serious damages, and therefore they will know what a fair value for the incident is. If the insurance company for the other party isn’t willing to offer a fair settlement, your attorney can pursue an official personal injury lawsuit against them.

Remember, once you accept a settlement offer, you won’t be able to revisit the lawsuit and request more money.

You Sustained Severe and Permanent Injuries

A permanent injury will result in medical costs for the rest of your life. This includes ongoing hospitalizations, home, and car modifications, and future surgeries. Along with medical costs, you will likely be unable to return to your old job or work at all if you sustain permanent injuries in a car accident. Your attorney will work to help you get the money needed to cover all these accident-related costs.

A Governmental Agency caused your Accident

Recovering a fair amount of compensation from a government or state entity is challenging. Your attorney can take the reins to ensure you have the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve.

Someone in Your Family Dies Due to Injuries Sustained in the Accident

If someone in your family passes away because of another driver’s negligence or reckless actions, you can often receive compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Your attorney can help you understand the required process and ensure you have the best chance of being approved for these benefits.

Do You Have to Hire a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney to Recover Damages?

While you should seek legal counsel, it is not required.

You have the right to try to handle the legal process on your own. However, hiring a competent attorney is likely in your best interest.

Remember, personal injury lawyers spend their days helping accident victims recover the monetary compensation they deserve from the at-fault parties. They put time, effort, and money into learning the skills needed for this. The attorney can use their knowledge and expertise to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve rather than a low offer that won’t cover your current and future accident-related costs.

Creation of a Legal Strategy

You need to have a legal strategy in place to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your accident-related damages and injuries. Some rules in place will dictate when you can take action to do this. Your attorney will know these laws and how to use them to help you get the best possible outcome.

Don’t Wait to Call Us for Legal Help

You have rights if you are injured in an accident caused by another party. One right is to recover the compensation you deserve for your accident-related injuries and damages.

Be sure to contact our office as soon after your accident as possible. The longer we have to work on your case, the more likely we will be to help you get a fair settlement amount.

We have a track record of success at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines. You can benefit from this history by contacting our legal team. Remember, we work on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. This means you pay nothing unless your case is successful.

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