Many people think that we've become an overly-litigious society, filing suit at the drop of a hat. If you've been involved in a car accident, you may decide to skip the attorney and allow the insurance company to handle everything. In a small number of cases, that might work, but if you meet any of the requirements listed below it likely won't work. Read on and see if you need to contact a personal injury attorney for your accident.
1. You had to be hospitalized. Injuries that included broken bones, facial cuts, back injuries, or head injuries and other injuries that led to surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term medical treatments would fall into this category. Medical care is extremely expensive, and at times the insurance company balks at paying for the care you need. If any of the cost of that care gets passed on to you, you may find yourself in severe financial straits.
2. Your injuries are severe. The worse your injuries, the more you need the help of an attorney to ensure that you get paid for those injuries and all the accompanying issues. In some cases, you may be looking at a permanent injury. You will need payment for your past and future medical needs, possibly for the rest of your life. For example, you may have special transportation needs and home accommodations.
3. A family member died as a result of the accident. This is the worse situation to deal with, and you should speak to an attorney about filing a wrongful death suit against the other driver. This a particular type of personal injury case that takes into account the effects of the death on the loved ones left behind.
4. You have had to miss a great deal of time at work. This means that your career and financial situation are most likely suffering as a result. You may have missed an opportunity to advance in your job because you were dealing with your accident injuries, or you may have had to use up all of your paid time-off. You are entitled to be reimbursed for all that time and career damage.
5. You or a loved is experiencing emotional trauma because of the wreck. Children especially can be left with a traumatic memory of the accident, and you are entitled to seek damages and payment for therapy as a result of an emotional trauma.
6. The insurance company is not paying for your damages. When you must have the insurance carrier authorize everything from medical care to car repair or replacement, you must rely on them to make quick and accurate decisions. Unfortunately, the insurance company does not have your best interests in mind, and they may drag their feet and hold up payments regularly.
If you are experiencing any of the above, speak to a personal injury law office like Bellotti Law Group, P.C.
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