Is it worth hiring an attorney after a car accident
In almost every single situation following a car accident, it is worth hiring an attorney to help you. Hiring a car accident attorney is important for many reasons. Being treated fairly and with respect are immensely important. Attaining justice is the biggest reason why hiring a car crash lawyer is a good idea. Of course, nothing is ever guaranteed; however, below is a true example of the difference a personal injury law firm can make.
Client deals with insurance company alone before hiring an attorney
When is it a good idea to hire a car accident attorney? Before hiring Ray Padilla Law, APC, a very nice and hard working lady who we will call Ms. Smith, dealt with the insurance of the person who rear-ended her by herself. Before Ms. Smith could even seek medical treatment to begin to understand what the nature of her injuries were, she was receiving nonstop calls and offers to settle her case from the insurance adjuster.
Mrs. Smith explained to us that she was receiving four and sometimes five calls a day from the adjuster offering her $250 to settle her case. The insurance adjuster then began sending her email after email with a settlement release attached to it followed up by calls to continue their efforts to try and get her to agree.
Ms. Smith’s injuries continued to bother her and got worse so she sought medical treatment. Ms. Smith then told the insurance company that she didn’t feel comfortable settling her case for $250 given that she didn’t know how bad her injuries would turn out to be and how it would affect her ability to work. The calls and emails didn’t stop. Ms. Smith then decided to hire an auto accident attorney.
Client hires car accident attorney who begins to deal with insurance company
As soon as our personal injury law firm was hired, we sent a letter instructing the insurance company to no longer communicate with Ms. Smith and to instead direct all communication to our car accident lawyers. We understand that the most important thing is our client’s health and recovery. This is best achieved by not having to constantly deal with the unwanted and unfair tactics that insurance companies resort to after car accidents.
Ms. Smith was then able to seek the proper medical care and together we were able to determine what she had lost as a result of being rear-ended. Fortunately for Ms. Smith, her injuries were not too severe and she was able to recover promptly. At this point, our office was able to begin to negotiate a settlement that would compensate her for her injuries, medical bills, time lost from work and of course the pain and discomfort.
Hiring an attorney resulted in the insurance company offering to settle her claim for an amount 26 times higher than what they initially tried to get Ms. Smith to settle for.
Hiring an attorney after a car accident is important
The reality is that there are no guarantees in law and not every case turns out this way. This won’t be the highest settlement that you’ll hear about all year, all month and likely not even today. But, to Ms. Smith and to us, it was just as important as any of the bigger results because justice was achieved.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, hiring an attorney should be a strong consideration. Our law office is ready to help so feel free to contact Ray Padilla Law, APC at (619) 431-1187 (San Diego) or (310)893-5573 (Torrance/Los Angeles) to speak with Attorney Ray Padilla directly. Please call even if its simply to ask, “should I get an attorney after a car accident?”