When do you NOT Need an Attorney After an Accident?
July 10th, 2020
There are definitely situations where you may not want a personal injury lawyer to be involved in your accident claim, but those situations are few and far between. As experienced legal professionals, we have no problem letting you know if your situation might not require you to hire an attorney. We know the intricacies of personal injury lawsuits in the state of Massachusetts, so we can provide the best possible advice for legal situations that require legal representation.
Some Accidents can Cause Damage Without Injuries
If there were no injuries and you only sustained vehicle damage, it may not be appropriate for you to hire an attorney. Generally personal injury / accident attorneys receive a portion of the money that is paid by the party who caused the accident or their insurance company. If you only suffered some damage to your vehicle and you can only recover money for that damage then paying a percentage of that money to an attorney might not even leave you with enough to have your vehicle repaired.
After an accident make sure that you seek the proper medical attention and that a doctor clears you of any possible complications, before you decide not to hire an attorney to represent you. It is easy to see if you car is damaged, and cars are easy to repair, but your physical well-being (health) is far more important and serious injuries sometimes cannot be so easy to see.
When It Does not Make Sense Monetarily
There are some cases where the damage from an accident is small and it is not clear who is at fault. In these situations, it might not be wise to hire an attorney to file a claim or a lawsuit because you might cause the other party to bring a claim against you. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you evaluate if hiring an attorney is right for you.
Instances Where You Need to Hire a Lawyer
Here are some of the most common instances that you do need to hire an attorney:
- If you have broken bones or had a hospital stay
- Someone died in the accident
- You have more than $2,000 in medical bills due to the accident
- Multiple people were harmed in the accident
- Paperwork does not look accurate (i.e. details on insurance forms or police reports)
- Insurance companies are not communicating with you effectively or at all about the claim
When these things occur, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who can represent you and protect your legal rights.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At FitzGerald Law Company, we speak on your behalf and allow you to take the necessary time to heal. We also are committed to protecting your legal rights every step of the way. At the times when you do need an attorney, we will be there for you, to make sure you recover the compensation that you deserve after suffering a personal injury due to the negligence of another. We will work diligently in order to get you what is lawfully yours. To schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury or accident claim, call (617) 303-2600 today. We serve Boston, East Boston, Malden, Everett, Revere, Saugus, Lynn, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, and all of the communities in and surrounding Massachusetts.