Do I have a case?
One of the most common questions we get asked is: “How do I know if I have a case?” That’s a complicated question that depends on a number of specific factors. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for determining whether or not you have a case. Only an experienced car accident attorney can make that determination after reviewing the circumstances of your accident.
Perhaps a better question to ask yourself is: “Should I call a lawyer?” And you can answer that question right now by considering these three criteria:
Were you injured in the auto accident?
A personal injury attorney can only help you if you suffered injuries as a result of your accident. If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be able to collect the money you need to pay your medical bills and rehabilitation expenses.
Was the accident your fault?
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you might have a personal injury claim. If you don’t know whether or not you were at fault, review the accident report or contact the reporting officer. An attorney can also help you determine fault with a copy of the accident report. Even if you believe that you may be partially to blame for the accident, it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney. In some cases, there may be multiple parties responsible for your accident and for your injuries. Your lawyer will be able to investigate your accident closely to determine who the liable party is.
Did you sign anything from the insurance company?
Most of the time, if you’ve already accepted a settlement offer from the insurance company, an attorney can’t help you. Before you sign any settlement documents, be sure to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer. Your lawyer can review your case to help determine if you are receiving a fair settlement that will cover all of your expenses.
If you meet the above criteria, you should call an experienced law firm immediately. Although it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a case, it does qualify you for a free consultation. Most attorneys can determine whether or not you have a case with a short conversation. Contact us anytime. We’d be happy to speak with you.
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