If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident, you may be wondering if it is really necessary to hire an attorney. Maybe your damages weren’t very high or you have always enjoyed the law and would like to handle your case yourself. Whatever the reason, know that sometimes it is possible for you to represent yourself. In fact, here’s a cheat sheet on how to handle your own car accident case by going through small claims court.
Quite often, hiring the right personal injury lawyer is the best choice for you and your family. So the question is: How do you know if you need to retain the assistance of an attorney to help you handle your case? Read on for the top 5 reasons why hiring an attorney after a car accident will help you protect your rights.
1. You have a limited time to sue. In California, there is a statute of limitations that says you must file a car accident claim within a certain amount of time (generally 2 years, but more on that here) or you give up your right to sue forever.
2. You may need to follow certain rules in order to sue. An attorney who is experienced in handling car accident injuries will be familiar with the laws and can help you make sure you don’t do anything that jeopardizes your right to sue the party responsible for your injury.
3. Your insurance company is probably not on your side. The goal of your insurance company is to keep costs down and protect their bottom line, while you are hoping to recover the maximum financial compensation your injuries deserve. An experienced accident attorney will fight to ensure that you receive every penny owed to you.
5. Proving who is at fault can be more complicated than it looks. This can be true even with witnesses and a police report saying the other party was negligent and therefore responsible for causing the accident.
Hiring the right attorney will give you the confidence to know that you are receiving the financial compensation you deserve and that your legal rights are protected. For a no-obligation, free consultation about your potential accident case, contact personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.