I live in Breaux Bridge but work in Lafayette. Recently, I was on my way to work when I was hit by a car that ran a red light. I am suffering from neck and back pain. At what point should I hire an injury attorney? How much are injury attorney fees?
If you are involved in an auto accident, the first thing you should do is call the police and file an accident report.
The next thing you should do is immediately hire an injury attorney.
The insurance company likes to try to take advantage of people injured in auto accidents in the days and weeks following the accident, but your attorney is able to stand up to the insurance company and protect your rights as the injured party. The insurance company will try to trick you into saying something that will hurt you. Once you have retained an attorney, the insurance company is not allowed to speak to you without first obtaining your injury attorney’s permission.
Hiring an injury attorney is the best decision you can make with regards to recovering from your injuries. Many doctors and other health care providers refuse to see people who were involved in auto accidents for various reasons.
However, attorneys have relationships with numerous doctors and health care providers which are happy to examine and provide proper medical treatment to people injured in auto accidents. Your attorney can help you quickly receive the necessary medical treatment so the extent of your injuries can be determined and a proper treatment plan can be developed to get you on the road to recovery.
A common misconception about hiring an injury attorney in an auto accident case is that it is expensive.
Most injury attorneys work on a contingency fee contract. With a contingency fee contract, the attorney is paid a flat percentage of the total recovery and will pay all the costs and expenses associated with your case upfront. However, if the attorney cannot recover anything for you, you do not have to pay them anything! It is in the attorney’s best interest to try to maximize your recovery, because if they do not recover for you they do not get paid, thus providing you with a virtually risk free proposition.
In sum, hiring an attorney immediately is the best way to protect your rights as the injured party. No matter what they say, the insurance company is never on your side, they want to pay as little as possible when trying to settle your case.
You need an attorney like Morris Bart by your side from the beginning to the end of the case to make sure you receive the proper medical treatment and to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries.