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When To Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident Explained

April 20, 2021 by Steven M. Gursten

When To Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident Explained

If you are wondering when to hire an attorney after a car accident in which you were injured, then the answer is “now.” An experienced lawyer will help you protect your legal rights to compensation from the at-fault driver and to benefits that will pay for your medical bills and support your family if your injuries have disabled you from returning to work.

How to hire a car accident attorney?

At Michigan Auto Law, We make it easy to hire an attorney after a car accident. You can get help now from one of our experienced lawyers by calling us toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 968-1001, by visiting our contact page, or using the chat feature on our website. There are no upfront costs or expenses. Bottom line: if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

What if you already have a lawyer, but you are not getting your phone calls returned and feel ignored? Every person who has hired a lawyer deserves results, personalized attention and caring from their lawyer, and if your current lawyer is not the right fit for you, please check out the details about our Proven Lawyer Transition Plan which will allow you to get a Michigan Auto Law lawyer who will truly fight for you and look out for your best interests.

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?

It costs you nothing to hire an attorney after a car accident from Michigan Auto Law. You do not have to pay anything up front. And you will never have to pay out-of-pocket for anything. In fact, we will never ask you to pay any fees unless and until we win your case.

Our lawyer fee is based on what is called a “contingency fee”: We are paid our lawyer fee only if a recovery is made for you on your case.

Should you hire an attorney after a car accident?

You should hire an attorney after a car accident if you or a loved one was injured or if a loved one was killed. An experienced lawyer can help you and your family recover the pain and suffering compensation, wrongful death damages and No-Fault benefits that you are legally entitled to.

Should I hire an attorney for a minor car accident?

Our lawyers often tell people they don’t need to hire an attorney after a minor car accident. If you were not injured but your vehicle suffered damage, you can collect Michigan mini tort.

However, if you were hurt, you should seriously consider getting a lawyer. Remember, what an insurance company might derisively refer to as a minor crash can still cause life-changing injuries and permanent pain and disability. There is a reason why doctors in emergency rooms do not ask to look at pictures of fender bender damage before rendering medical treatment – the medical textbooks and real life experience is replete with tragic examples of people who were catastrophically injured and even killed in what might at first appear to be a minor crash.

Unlike the defense lawyer for the at-fault driver’s insurance company who will try to use “minor” vehicle damage to falsely suggest that your injuries are also “minor,” an experienced lawyer will ensure you are fairly and fully compensated based upon your actual injuries. Doctors treat your injuries – not your vehicle damage. Doctors are trained to know that factors such as how a person’s head was turned, his or her seating position, a person’s age and gender, susceptibility and pre-existing conditions matter more to properly diagnosing an injury than the damage to a bumper. Medical school textbooks have many examples of people who are permanently disabled, even killed, in what could be considered a minor crash.

How will my settlement be affected if I get a lawyer after an automobile crash?

When you hire an attorney after a car accident, your choice of lawyer will have an enormous impact on your case’s settlement value. Cases settle for more money and faster when a crash victim’s lawyer has a reputation for taking cases to trial and a proven track record of winning settlements and verdicts.

The insurance companies know which lawyers are willing to go to trial and which ones don’t – and which ones tend to “settle cases short” to the detriment of their clients.

The bottom line is that when you hire an attorney after a car accident who is known for going to trial they can settle cases for more money and often much faster. That’s why Michigan Auto Law is so different from so many other lawyers and law firms who advertise for automobile crashes – we have proven results, we specialize exclusively in helping people injured in automobile, and as a result we are known for getting our clients bigger settlements, faster.

Our lawyers specialize in motor vehicle crash litigation and we have a well-earned reputation among the auto insurance companies:

  • We have obtained more million-dollar settlements, trial verdicts, and judgments on behalf of our clients than any other lawyer or law firm in the entire state.
  • Our settlements and verdicts include record-breaking settlements for the largest ever settlement by a Michigan lawyer or law firm for a motor vehicle crash and the top verdict or settlement for a car or truck crash nearly every year for the past two decades.
  • Our lawyers have recovered the highest ever verdict for a motor vehicle crash in many different counties and courtrooms throughout the state.

Auto insurance companies know that the track record and reputation of our lawyers increases their risk and exposure on the claims they are adjusting. As a result, their adjusters end up putting more money on these cases to settle them. As this is the only area of law we practice, claims adjusters know that it often costs them more money the longer they try to drag out a case, so we often settle these cases faster as well for the people we help.

To learn more about what the settlement value of your case may be, please check out our “Settlement Calculator.”

Protect your rights after an automobile crash

When you come to Michigan Auto Law to hire an attorney after a car accident, we will protect you and your legal rights by helping you: (1) timely file your application for No-Fault benefits; (2) comply with the notice requirements for “uninsured motorist coverage”; and (3) fend off overreaching adjusters.

Michigan’s auto No-Fault law is very complex and presents many traps for the unwary, such as the requirement that an application for No-Fault benefits must be filed within one year of a motor vehicle crash – or the victim forever loses the right claim benefits to pay for medical expenses and lost wages.

Many “uninsured motorist” insurance policies arbitrarily require that notice of an automobile crash be filed with the insurance company within 30 days of the crash. The purpose of this unanticipated and unreasonably short notice requirement is to catch victims off guard and, thus, avoid paying benefits by voiding their coverage for failure to comply with the notice requirement. Tragically, when that happens, it leaves the victim with no source for compensation for his or her pain and suffering and other losses, including excess medical benefits and lost wages.

Michigan courts have proved to be very lenient on claims adjusters when they use hardball tactics in trying to get crash victims to accept low-ball settlements on their cases. The courts have also said it is essentially okay for your claims adjuster (from your auto insurance company, i.e., the one to whom you have been paying premiums for years) to refuse to fully disclose and explain to you all of the benefits and compensation that you may be eligible to recover.

Have a question about when to hire an attorney after a car accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile crash and you have a question about when to hire an attorney after a car accident you can call toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 968-1001 for a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. Contact us here to get help from an experienced attorney or you can use the chat feature on our website.

When To Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident Explained

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