I Was Hurt in an Accident. When Should I Call A Lawyer?

Miller Law Group Resources banner

The first thing to do when you’re hurt is to take care of your injuries.  Whether you were injured in a fall on someone else’s property, had a car accident, or were hit as a pedestrian, or otherwise hurt by someone’s else’s negligence take care of yourself FIRST.

If you need to use EMS to get to the ER, do it, and worry about everything else later. If you think you can get to the ER or an urgent care safely, go ahead.

Your physical health is ALWAYS your first concern, no matter what an insurance adjuster or an ad on television tells you.

However, once you have had a chance to get the medical attention you need, it’s ALWAYS better to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later. It’s certainly better to talk to a lawyer before you talk to an insurance adjuster.  The insurance companies train, and expect, their adjusters to withhold information from you, and to avoid encouraging you to get the treatment you need from your doctors or to get the information you need from your lawyers. So the adjusters’ job is to start out working against you.

The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner we can give you advice on how to handle your property damage claim, what do to about a rental car, which doctors to see (ALWAYS see the doctors you WANT to see, and always start with YOUR family doctor if you have one), and what the time limits are on your case.

Each case is at least a little different, but they all need evidence to be gathered.  The longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more likely it is that the insurance company with dispose of or alter evidence, witnesses will move, physical conditions at the accident site will change, or any other of a hundred things can happen that can damage or even destroy your ability to pursue your claim and get your compensation.

Lawyers also need time to investigate your claim and, sometimes, to do research. If you wait too long, you can wait until the statute of limitations expires.  If that happens, your case is over and can’t be brought back, whether you got anything for it or not.  If you get too close to that statutory date, many lawyers will not be able to help if they don’t think they can investigate your case and get things done before the time limits expire.

Contact us today by clicking here, or calling us at 919-348-4361 to set up a free, no-risk consultation about your claim. Don’t wait too longer and miss out on the compensation you deserve.

More Information About Statutes of Limitations

What Else is the Insurance Company Hiding From You?

Can You Use a Lawyer’s Awards to Help you Decide Who to Hire?

Some of Our Other Practice Areas