Car Wreck, No Injury: Should I Contact an Attorney?

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If you have been in a car accident and were not hurt in the crash, should you call an attorney? The answer to that question depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the accident. In some cases, an injury that isn’t apparent immediately after you are hit may present itself several weeks or months after it happens.

Does the Other Driver Have Insurance?

Depending on where the accident occurred, the other driver may be required to pay for any damage done to your car. If he or she doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance, it could mean that the driver has to pay for the damage out of his or her own pocket. In such a scenario, you would still want to hire an attorney to make sure that you got what you are owed to pay for repairs to your vehicle or to buy a new car if your old one was totaled.

Did You Miss Work Because of the Accident?

You may be entitled to lost wages if you were forced to miss work because of the accident or any reason. For instance, if not having a car prevented you from going to the office or forced you to miss a meeting with a client, the driver who caused that accident may be required to compensate you for that. While the other driver may do so willingly, an attorney will ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve if the other driver is not willing to negotiate.

Seeing an Attorney Preserves Your Rights

An attorney may be able to help you make sure that you preserve your rights even if you don’t think that you were hurt in an accident. You may be advised to see a doctor or take other steps that would help prove that any future injuries were caused by the accident. Having legal counsel may also make it easier to deal with any settlement offers by the other driver’s insurance company that may try be worth less than what you are actually entitled to.

After a car accident, you should never assume that you are not injured or that seeing an attorney is a waste of time. If you develop shoulder pain or notice a bone was broken several days later, you may have a harder time proving that the injury occurred in the accident. Therefore, do your due diligence and seek the advice of an attorney who may review your case and provide as much assistance as possible.

Betty Abernathy

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