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Do I need a lawyer after my car accident?

Motor vehicle accidents are an inevitable risk of driving. Sooner or later, a large majority of drivers find themselves involved in a car accident, either as the driver or passenger. In many cases of auto accidents, injuries result, and that is just the start of a long process of recovery.

If you have suffered an injury in an auto accident, you may be wondering if you need to bring a lawyer on board to help you manage the post-accident aftermath. This includes handling insurance companies and claims as well as any issues relating to missed days at work and compensation for your injuries and medical bills.

Determining negligence

One of the big challenges that often arise following a motor vehicle accident that resulted in injuries is trying to determine the cause of the accident. In many cases, one of the parties in the crash was negligent in some way that led to the accident occurring. Determining negligence can be a complicated process that involves one or more investigations by the insurance company. If your injuries resulted from someone else's negligence, such as a drunk or distracted driver, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to get assistance in moving forward with your case.

Catastrophic injuries

If the auto accident you were in resulted in catastrophic injuries, causing either temporary or permanent disability, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries or spinal cord damage, often have lifelong effects. That is why it is important to consult with an attorney in your case. A personal injury lawyer can help you accurately assess the value of your compensation so that you are adequately covered for the lifetime of your injuries, not just for the immediate future or current medical expenses.

Many personal injury attorneys offer an initial consultation for free to help you understand the parameters of your possible case. So you should not avoid seeing an attorney for your case just because you fear the potential cost. It is best to get more information about your case, at no obligation to you, before making any decisions.

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