How do you know if you need a personal injury attorney? Have you been injured through no fault of your own? That is a good indication that you should consult a Sacramento personal injury attorney.
Even if you decide not to hire the attorney, it can be in your best interest to talk with an attorney to learn about your legal rights and your options. The insurance company for the at-fault party is not going to explain your legal rights. Your interest and the insurance company’s interest are opposing. You need someone in your corner who has your best interest at heart.
If you are still unsure, here are three very good reasons why you need to talk to a Sacramento personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
1. You sustained permanent impairments as a result of the accident.
If you sustained permanent impairments or disabilities because of an accident or injury, you need to discuss your case with an attorney before you accept a settlement. In addition to compensation for your damages and financial losses to date, you may also be entitled to substantial compensation for future damages.
The cost of care for a disability and the loss of income from a disability can total millions of dollars over your lifetime. In many cases, economic experts and medical experts are required to correctly estimate the total value of a claim involving a permanent impairment. An attorney can help you with that.
2. The insurance company has been unresponsive.
Your time to file a personal injury lawsuit is restricted by law. If the insurance company is wasting time or being unresponsive, it may be waiting for the statute of limitations to expire in your case. Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to pursue a legal action against the party who caused your injury.
Do not trust the insurance company to tell you when the statute of limitations expires in your case. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can calculate the exact date of the deadline. In some cases, certain factors could shorten or lengthen the statutory deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit.
3. The insurance adjuster is pressuring you to accept a quick settlement.
If the insurance company realizes that you have a strong claim against its insured or your claim may be worth a substantial amount, it might attempt to limit is liability by offering a small amount to settle your claim soon after your claim is filed.
Also, beware if the insurance company pushes you to settle your claim before you complete medical treatment. Once you settle your claim, you cannot receive additional compensation, even if you discover that your injuries are more severe or you discover new injuries. It is vital that you complete treatment and receive a detailed prognosis from your doctor before you settle your personal injury claim. However, if your medical treatment may take a long time to complete, you could have a problem with the statute of limitations. An attorney knows how to handle this situation too.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Case Review
Don’t let an insurance company convince you that you do not need an attorney. Exercise your legal right to consult a lawyer to get the information you need to protect yourself and your family after an accident or injury.
Call (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento.