If you're seriously injured, it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner your lawyer can get started working for you, the better.
In almost all cases, evidence begins to be lost, spoiled or altered immediately following the accident. Some of the evidence may be imperative. For example, the memory of a crucial witness will, over time, become cloudy or completely fade away.
Negotiating on Your Behalf
Remember, the insurance adjuster for your claim is also highly trained in negotiation and they have the job of convincing you to settle for as little as possible. This typically includes their “friendly” advice not to get a lawyer because you won’t get as much money. That’s a laugh!
Retaining a personal injury lawyer gives you someone to advocate for your rights throughout the settlement process.
Minding the Statute of Limitations
It is also important to find out your time limits for filing a lawsuit or claim, called the statute of limitations. Remember that the claim investigation can take time. Don’t sit on your legal rights too long or you will lose them—even if you don’t want to go to court.
Once the statute of limitations runs out, the insurance company will close the file and stop returning your phone calls.