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When you should hire a lawyer after a car accident

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So, you were involved in a car accident, and you are trying to determine what the next step should be. A major factor in your decision should be the severity of your injuries suffered during the incident.

If, for example, your injuries are serious and you expect to have considerable medical expenditures, then it may benefit you financially to hire an attorney to help you recover compensation for those medical bills. This may prove particularly true if you feel your insurance company is trying to "lowball" you and offer a settlement you do not consider sufficient. Your future medical bills could be substantial, and by working with your doctor or other medical specialists, your attorney can determine what these will be for inclusion in your claim.

Situations where legal representation is warranted

There are some situations where the services of an attorney are essential. These can involve complex factual and legal issues, such as:

Road construction

Many accidents arise because of obstructions and unusual traffic patterns caused by road construction. If your accident resulted because you were unable to see clearly or understand temporary traffic patterns caused by road work, you may find that hiring an attorney can be beneficial.

Defective automobiles or parts

While you would probably like to assume that the car you drive is well-designed and free from defects, the prevalence of automotive recalls proves otherwise. Defective product cases are complex and require significant financial and technical resources to win.

A drunk driver

If your injuries arose because of the actions of a drunk driver, you may again want to hire an attorney. An attorney will know how to uncover proof of the other driver's intoxication, and he or she will work on your behalf to show that the other driver was responsible for your injuries.

A motor vehicle accident while working

If your accident happened while you working, you have both a workers' compensation claim and a claim against all other negligent parties. This applies whether you were driving a company vehicle or your own. These can be complex cases, and a mistake made while pursuing one claim can affect the other. An attorney with experience in both personal injury and workers' compensation cases can protect your rights and interests.

These are but a few of the instances in which legal representation can be beneficial. Whatever the circumstances of your accident, get legal advice as soon as possible. Generally, the goal of your insurance company is to pay as little money as possible after an accident, so it may benefit you greatly to have someone working on your behalf.

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