If you get in an auto accident, it is not always necessary to get in touch with an attorney right away. If the accident has resulted in personal injury and you are covered by insurance for minor injury claims, your medical expenses would be covered. However, if the injuries are severe and the expenses you will have to bear would be far above your insurance coverage, you might consider filing a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident. And, for that, you will be in need of an attorney.
The first thing you should do after an accident is to call the authorities to investigate the accident and call your insurance company as well. However, don't make any claim on the scene of accident that could later be held against you indicating that you were responsible for the accident. Exchange information with the other driver in a cooperative way and after everything is cleared off, visit a doctor for a thorough medical checkup. In case you were too badly injured and were taken to the hospital right after the accident, you can ask for accident reports from the authorities at a later time if you have decided to file a lawsuit.
Once you have all your medical and other accident-related reports in order, you can go visit a legal attorney for consultation. Initially, the attorney would review your case and tell you whether you have a valid case against the other person or not. They would also provide you with an estimate of the settlement amount you can actually get depending on the damage and injuries caused by the other person. Compare the settlement amount to the expenses that would be incurred in the legal proceedings and see if it would be worth it to go ahead with the lawsuit.
You can also decide to go ahead with the settlement lawsuit without having an attorney but that would be a huge risk. You can end up losing the settlement case or the other party would pressurize you to make an early settlement at a much lower amount. Therefore, while you may feel like you are in a position to handle the trial on your own, you may consider getting a lawyer for your auto accident lawsuit if you don't want to take a risk with the settlement amount. You will surely need a lawyer's help to have him walk you through the process of your case. Contact The LA Law Firm today for the best option of lawyers in California!
The LA Law Firm is located in Down Town Los Angeles, if you or someone you love has been affected by a car accident, product defect medical negligence or even a fall, call (866)383-1462 and schedule your free consultation.