Have you recently been in a car accident? If so, you may be overwhelmed with your new, unwanted to-do list. Perhaps you’ve found our page today because you’re wondering if hiring a car accident lawyer could help you sort through it all.
Maybe you’ve never had reason to need a lawyer before. The good news is you’ve come to the right place. With decades of combined experience, our Washington team answers questions every day from people who have been in auto wrecks.
Yes, in many cases it is to your advantage to hire a lawyer when you’ve been the victim of a car accident. Studies show that most people will recover a larger settlement with an attorney on their side than if they go it alone.
But what about the cost? Most personal injury firms, including Ladenburg Law, work on a contingency basis. Put another way, you only pay a fee after we win you a settlement. There’s nothing to pay upfront.
This also means that we don’t charge for an initial case review. We encourage you to take advantage of this! In other words, there’s no risk or obligation just to have one of our experienced lawyers hear what happened to see if we can help.
There are some accident scenarios where having a lawyer on your side is even more important.
For example, you should call an accident lawyer if:
Think of it this way: this may be the only time you’ve been in a car accident. On the other hand, a car accident attorney deals with this every single day. And a quality firm will have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of clients through the process. When dealing with a complicated, frustrating accident claim, why not rely on their expertise?
You can reach out to an accident lawyer at any point in the process. However, the sooner you call a lawyer, the more support you’ll get throughout that process. Believe it or not, we’ve even had clients call us from the scene of an accident.
Here are a few ways calling a lawyer early can help you:
Ultimately, this all adds up to a better chance at having you recover a fair settlement. Of course, you might be reading this well after your accident. Perhaps you’ve even started your claim and are struggling to negotiate with the adjustor. This is OK – just call us as soon as you’re able. Many clients only reach out once they’ve hit a roadblock. A good personal lawyer can pick up anywhere in the process.
That being said, be aware that in the State of Washington, you have a limited time to file a claim after a car accident (RCW 4.16.080). So please, don’t wait too long before giving us a call.
In most cases, you won’t need a lawyer if you were in a minor car accident and only had property damage. Thankfully, property damage claims tend to be more straightforward to settle with the insurance company.
There are also times when you might feel comfortable in handling your own injury claim. For instance, if your medical bills were relatively inexpensive and you recovered quickly. However, you’re always free to run your case past our lawyers. Sometimes, what you thought was a minor injury ends up needing months of physical therapy. Now you’re looking at steep bills, not to mention the time off work to make all those appointments. An experienced lawyer can rely on their knowledge of past, similar cases and your circumstances to help you know if an offer is fair or not.
The primary job of a car accident lawyer is to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. In addition, you’ll find the lawyer will remove a lot of the stresses associated with a car accident off your shoulders, such as:
Sometimes, the lawyer may feel that the offer is just too low or that negotiations are stalling. When this happens, they can file a lawsuit and take your case to court. By having a skilled attorney on your side, you’ll be prepared.
So now you know that you would like to start the conversation with a lawyer. But which one do you choose? Chances are you’ve seen many flashy advertisements from lawyers promising to “be in your corner.” Remember, just because a firm has big advertising bucks does not mean they’ll live up to that promise.
Here are a couple tips for selecting a reputable lawyer:
Keep in mind that most personal injury firms, including Ladenburg Law, offer free case reviews. This means you can come in and learn if you have a case at no cost. Come prepared with your questions! A case review is a good opportunity to get a sense of the lawyer and their firm.
Our team currently accepts clients in the greater Puget Sound and Western Washington region. If you would like more information on hiring a car accident lawyer, please call us. We’d be happy to hear from you and answer any questions you have.
PS Make sure to request our free ebook, What the Insurance Companies Don’t Want you to Know. It was written by one of our attorneys and addresses some of the most pressing questions clients ask us after an accident.