Injured in a car accident? Here are some of the first legal steps you need to make.

April 2, 2019

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer if injured in an auto accident?

An accident attorney, especially if a personal injury attorney, can give you legal advice and obviously helps your legal profile when going against big auto insurance companies and their group of lawyers. Your personal injury attorney knows the laws and procedural rules and, as a result, can more effectively fight the battle.

Since most insurance company's lawyers have the know how and the motivation to reduce compensation or even deny the claim altogether, deciding to hire an accident attorney is the best option for folks who:


  • Are suffering from severe injuries.​

  • Are now most likely facing expensive medical bills.

  • Have also lost wages due to the injuries.


You should consider hiring an accident attorney if any of these apply:


The type of injury you have sustained.Typically, the severity of your personal injury may be measured by:


Auto Accident Injuries/Severe Injuries

The expected length of time it will take for recovery.
The cost of medical treatment (plus other therapeutic needs) you have or will incur.

Long-Term or Permanent Injuries
Usually, a long-term injury is defined as one that lasts for a year or longer, while a permanent injury is lifetime. These types of injuries have a serious effect on your ability to become employed—in addition to the affect on your quality of life.

The ability to prove long-term and permanently disabling injuries can be difficult task at times, and your attorney will likely consult with your medical professionals. They  may even  request their presence during any legal proceedings.

Disputed Liability
If an insurance company then disputes a policyholder's liability for the car crash...essentially, the company is saying the policyholder isn't at fault (or they are at least claiming you don't have the evidence) and, therefore, they (the insurance company) isn't responsible for paying any damages.
In those cases, an accident attorney can help you gather the proof and, if valid, demonstrate that the other party was at fault.

Ultimately, receiving legal advice gives you the additional benefit of proper counsel as well as more equal footing in the lawsuit battle.


At the law offices of Verner Smith, we have handled hundreds of personal injury cases over the decades, and will be glad to review your potential case. Contact our main office at (731) 423-1888 today.

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