Have You Been Injured in an Accident? Personal Injuries are Serious Matters

Car Accidents: Why Should You Hire an Attorney?

Many people who get into car accidents don’t realize what’s on the line, so they forgo speaking with an attorney and opt to “represent themselves.” In so doing, people cut themselves off from the legal counsel they need and often make a variety of predictable mistakes, such as:

  • Waiting too long to take legal action against the other driver.
  • Accidentally implying guilt or giving more information than necessary to the adjuster for the other driver’s insurance.
  • Accepting an initially appealing but unfavorably low offer from the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Failing to gather compelling evidence and critical documentation of injuries.

These and other mistakes are often born out of an unwillingness to bring in attorney due to the cost of securing legal representation. However, if you have been in an accident that caused you serious bodily injury, you have much more to lose representing yourself than hiring a lawyer might cost.

Why Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer Is Key

Without hiring an attorney, you face an uphill battle in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Getting the other driver and their insurance company to pay up requires knowledge of the law, proper workup of a claim, and skillful negotiation by an experienced professional and, in some cases, it may require litigation and trial advocacy.

An attorney can also help you calculate the approximate total cost of your injuries over time. This gives you a clear idea of your exact damages are (and will be), which can allow you to go after the money you deserve and keep you from settling for a low-ball offer that would only cover your immediate costs.

Generally speaking, an experienced car accident lawyer can also protect you and increase your odds of success by doing the following:

  • Manage back-and-forth communication with the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Obtain and gather the evidence that could help you establish the other driver’s liability.
  • Obtain and organize your medical bills and health records.
  • Communicate with your doctor, hospital, and specialists regarding any missing medical records or other issues regarding your treatment.
  • Work with your physician to ensure they give you the medical information you need to demonstrate real damages and injuries, including documenting any permanent injuries.
  • Present evidence on your behalf and help you make a strong case for the other driver’s liability.
  • Negotiate with insurance providers involved in your claim.
  • Negotiate a proper settlement with the other driver’s insurance adjuster or legal counsel
  • Ensure that you maximize the amount of your settlement that goes into your pocket.

What to Look for When Hiring a Car Accident Attorney

Not just any car accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. When evaluating your options, don’t be duped into hiring an average car accident attorney based solely on the promise of a free consultation or lines like “You don’t pay unless we win.” This is how virtually all personal injury legal practices operate.

Instead, in addition to a free consultation and not having to pay without a recovery, there are other important things you must ask about when assessing a prospective car accident lawyer:

  • Experience handling car accident claims, including the type of injury you suffered and the location where your accident took place.
  • Awards and distinctions documenting excellence in personal injury law cases.
  • A commitment to client service, so that you will be treated professionally and kept informed of the status of your case.

Call (202) 888-0872 to Speak with an Experienced DC Accident Attorney now

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we provide the award-winning legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve following a serious car accident. Our lawyers have been named among the nation’s best plaintiff attorneys, selected as a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine, and include members of the National Trial Lawyers Association, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and other prestigious organizations. They have also obtained the coveted AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and a 10 out of 10 rating from Avvo.com.

We have personally served thousands of clients who have been harmed in car accidents, and we have achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on their behalf. When you call us for help, we will evaluate your case for free and help you determine exactly how much you need to afford your injury-related costs and make up for any other losses you have experienced—then we help you fight for it.

Call (202) 888-0872 now to speak to a car accident lawyer in Washington, D.C. and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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